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Gib's Odyssey: A Tale Of Faith And Hope On The Intracoastal Waterway Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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During his six-month voyage aboard his boat, Ka-Ching, Gib encounters numerous obstacles. He meets an incompetent sailor who wraps his tow rope around Ka-Ching’s propellers and accidentally stabs himself as he tries to cut it loose. Navy and Coast Guard Zodiacs rush to stop Gib from entering a naval bombardment zone. He searches for his two kittens, brought along as companions on his trip, when they go AWOL. All the while he is forced to cope with increasing levels of paralysis, steering the boat home with his feet and unable to speak.
Authored by the neurologist who treated him, this remarkable book is told in Gib’s own voice through a series of e-mails to family and friends and articles he wrote for the Key West Citizen. Part travelogue, part soul-searching meditation, it is an uplifting and sometimes hilarious story of one man’s conquest of death and his profound insights into life.
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To Gib Peters, his wife Marcia and the rest of his family, Dr. Bradley, and to Faith and Hope (so appropriately named) and all the Charity Gib encountered along his voyage, "Up-end the glass! New life is on the way."
Gib's Odyssey (Pequot Press, 2012) is the story of that iconic journey, written by Dr. Bradley after his patient and friend died. The majority of the book and the best stories, however, are the emails that Gib sent to family and friends as he headed north in his 29-ft. motor cruiser, KaChing. They are a record of his adventures along the way, but even more, of his journey inward as his health deteriorates and he faces the inevitable end in this personal race with death. Early on he says, "I'm determined to fight ALS every step of the way, but intellectually I know that I will lose the war."
By the time he fits out the twin-engine Wellcraft and reaches Georgia, 16 months after the diagnosis, he notices weakness in his neck muscles and devises a neck brace to support the weight of his head. At that time he writes home: "Why do I take the risk? I certainly don't have a death wish, I am not an Evel Knievel nut. But I do, I admit, love risk and the thrill of measuring the odds and validating my judgment. Acting on calculated risk has added zest to my life and coin to my treasure. This cruise is the ultimate test and perhaps the last chance to spice what for me continues to be an adventurous life.Read more ›
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Inspirational book. An unusual man who was taken from a productive life too soon. I wish I could have been with him on his trip as I have a 35' boat and could have helped him. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Glenn A. Deedon
Insightful funny. I so much enjoyed every chapter. I would wish to be as brave as him in front of the adversity he facedPublished 24 months ago by Glenn Adams
I read this book as a requirement for a class but fell in love with it. Very well written and full of beautiful and humorous advice in the wake of such a tragic event.Published 24 months ago by pahgeepie
A very rare set of circumstances came together to make this book possible and it turned out to be something very special and unique. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by William R. Copsey