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Two Wheels on my Wagon: A Bicycle Adventure in the Wild West Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"Equal to the heroics of Le Tour, with extremes of weather, sleeping rough in toilets and gorging on blueberry pies in diners which provide the only grub hundreds of miles apart on this epic" (London Cyclist)
Acclaimed cycling writer tackles the Tour DivideSee all Product Description
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Starting at Banff in Canada the route is broadly up and down, and up and down, but Southwards through Alberta and then the continental-divide states of the USA. The finish, nearly 3,000 miles from the start, is on the frontier between New Mexico and Mexico proper. There are lots of wild-life encounters of the insect, animal and human variety. The book is written with good humour, an essential characteristic for any would-be Tour Divider. This is not just small-town America, it's hamlet America and I am persuaded that I will have to go to see some of these places for myself. As for mountain-biking, I am not persuaded, life is too short.
The book made me seek out more information on the tour divide race so much that I ordered a T shirt and the DVD.
Would I recommend this book ? Absolutely.
Paul Howard reminds me of Bill Bryson - rename this book "A Ride in the Woods" and you might get the idea. His observations about American society and the locals he comes across are wry and witty, as are his characterisations of his fellow companions (I would say competitors but they don't have a very strong sense of rivalry). The writing is fluid and easy - I read this in just two days - and never becomes repetitive, even though the type of event would make this a possibility in less capable hands.
Ultimately I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to armchair adventurers, but for those actually into their endurance sports this may seem tame, hence the three stars.
The author describes his experience of the 'Great Divide Bicycle Race' which begins in Canada and ends on the border of Mexico. There are 28 chapters in the book, which turns out to be a diary for the 28 days it took him to complete the journey (which is over 100 miles a day). The threat from mountain lions and grizzly bears is not an idle one and this adds a sense of drama to the journey. It is a well written book because you feel you are being taken on the journey as well.
I am a very fussy reader when it comes to reading material. I cannot just pick up any old book and start reading. I have to say this book gripped me from the very first page and held me captive to the very last. A most enjoyable read.
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Great read, well put together not too much detail but easy to read as it flowed wellPublished 17 months ago by Mr G Sweetenham
An English man taking 27 days to ride a cross country bicycle from Canada to Mexico across the US continental divide. Read morePublished 23 months ago by GregB
This book is well worth buying simply because of its numerous interesting words and phrases eg conviviality,alacrity,bravado, arboreal epiphany, inured and rain intensified from... Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by Nick Butler
its an entertaining fast read, even if your are an only-to--the-pub-cyclist on the weekend with perfect weather conditions like mePublished on 19 Oct. 2013 by inga