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About the Author

Living in Colorado, Frosty Wooldridge is an environmentalist, mountain climber, triathlete, dancer, Scuba diver, skier, writer and photographer. His features articles have appeared in national and international magazines including: BICYCLING, ADVENTURE CYLIST and FREEWHEELING. He is the author of "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS"; "STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE"; "AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA"; "MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA"; "BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD"; "BICYCLING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE" ; "RAFTING THE ROLLING THUNDER" ; "ARCTIC CIRCLE, NORWAY TO ATHENS, GREECE: BICYCLE ADVENTURE WITHOUT LIMITS" ; "THE NEXT ADDED 100 MILLION AMERICANS" Website: http://www.frostywooldridge.com/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434304566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434304568
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,028,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Curtis on March 9, 2010
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Good concept, but I found a few facets of his writing to be very distracting. Quote John Muir less, write about the cycling more. Share your political thoughts less, describe the actual sites and experiences more (like the outhouse encounter). Even if I agree with what you're saying, I picked up this book to read about cycling, not an editorial page or a Sierra Club ad.

No maps?? Not one?? I know that adding images adds cost when publishing through Author House, as was done here, but, boy, I would have accepted even a summary map in the introduction if not a map for each chapter. I'm not asking for the level of detail in an Adventure Cycling map, just something to give perspective, proximity, and orientation.

Also, this book needs an editor's eye. Although not pervasive, there are enough grammar or spelling mistakes to be distracting.

I have read several cycling accounts, and so far this book has been the least effective in its ability to put me at the author's side while riding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D on July 25, 2013
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I love the subject matter and the author seems like a genuinely good soul, but this book has so little description of the ride that I can't really get a feel for what this ride would be like. It also is not smooth flowing like some journals that you read about rides like this. It's more like an outpouring of his thoughts as he takes the journey.

This needed a good editor. I wish this would get a good rewrite because from what I did read it sounds like it was an epic journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason O on May 1, 2013
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I am an avid touring cyclist albeit not to the extent of Mr. Woolridge. I think it is great that he has decided to take advantage of his time on earth to tell others of the wonder of traveling by bicycle and how valuable time truly is. It does feel on occasion that the author is rubbing it in a little on how his choices in life may be better than yours or mine, and the occasional political jabs at our government and military I could have done without, but overall it is a good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Lynn on September 7, 2007
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Ever hear of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Across the Sky? Somebody dreamed it up as a prank by inviting racing maniacs to ride 100 miles in 12 hours over four 12,000 foot and one 13,000 foot pass high in the Colorado Rockies.

The author of this book participated in that race three times. It gave him an idea to ride the entire spine of the Rocky Mountains on his mountain bike.

He asked two other long-time friends to join him on the ride. That's when a painful twist entered the picture. An Australian friend named John Brown who rode coast to coast across the USA with Wooldridge in 1986 suffered a case of cancer three weeks before the ride.

While Brown stayed home with a chemo drip plugged into his veins, the two other riders started in Banff, Canada on an arduous journey down the Continental Divide to Juarez, Mexico. Wooldridge delves into the life and death world of cancer that Brown endured. Wooldridge fought his way up 12,000 foot passes while Brown fought for his life.

In 21st century America, every bicyclist knows someone who suffers from the many forms of cancer affecting millions of Americans. It takes countless lives worldwide.

How would you feel if your best friend might die from cancer? How would your world change? What if it was you?

Wooldridge spins a tale of life and death, hope and courage, fun and tears. Denis, the other friend and a Frenchman, provides humor throughout. At times, you'll laugh loudly. Other times, you might nod your head in agreement. For certain, you will gather wisdom from the road shared by long distance touring riders.
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