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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148027223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480272231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles R. Scott left the corporate world to become a family adventurer. He worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years before deciding to focus his energy full-time on writing, speaking and doing endurance challenges with his family linked to environmental causes. In the summer of 2009, he and his eight-year old son cycled the length of mainland Japan, 2,500 miles in 67 days. The United Nations named them “Climate Heroes”, as they raised money for a tree planting campaign and promoted the UN’s efforts to combat climate change. In the summer of 2011, Scott cycled 1,500 miles around Iceland with his ten-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. His book about the Japan ride, Rising Son, offers an inspiration to anyone who feels the urge to shake things up and reminds the reader of the most precious gift a parent can give a child: time. He publishes pieces regularly on Huffington Post and CNBC.

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Charles R. Scott is an American writer, family adventurer, and endurance athlete. He worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years before deciding to focus his energy full-time on writing, speaking and doing endurance challenges with his family linked to charitable causes.

In the summer of 2009, he and his eight-year old son cycled the length of mainland Japan, 2,500 miles in 67 days. The United Nations named them "Climate Heroes", as they raised money for a tree planting campaign and promoted the UN's efforts to combat climate change. In the summer of 2011, Scott cycled 1,500 miles around Iceland with his ten-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. The following summer, he cycled for 42 days across Western Europe with his children. He has competed in many marathons, Ironman triathlons, and ultra marathons and has served as a guide to blind athletes in these events. He has run nonstop across the Grand Canyon and back -- 46 miles and 11,000 feet of elevation gain -- and cycled for 26 hours straight between New York City and Washington, D.C. in support of an environmental rally.

Scott has spoken at Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, Going Green East environmental investing conference, at schools, and at many other technology and environmental events. The United Nations featured him as "Expert of the Day" on World Environment Day, June 5, 2012. His essays have been published by CNBC, the Huffington Post, MSN, the United Nations and others. And his adventures have been featured by TV Japan, Parenting Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, the Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun newspapers in Japan, the Japan National Tourism Organization, InterFM radio station in Japan, BizMode Magazine in China, the United Nations' Our Planet Magazine, the pan-Arab magazine Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia, Express Newspaper in India, Adventure Cycling Association, and the Icelandic newspaper MBL, among others.

His book about the Japan ride, Rising Son, offers an inspiration to anyone who feels the urge to shake things up and reminds the reader of the most precious gift a parent can give a child: time.

If you would like to receive updates on his latest writings and adventures, send an e-mail to icelandbikeadventure[at]gmail.com.

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A wonderful journey told with honesty!
Mandy Canfield
A remarkable story of a man's quest to deepen his relationship with his son through a shared adventure that they will both always remember.
Paula
Looking forward to reading about the adventures in Iceland and Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rainer on December 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
As someone who has traveled extensively with my own children, I was fascinated to read Charles' account of traversing Japan with his 8-year old son. Having gone through the challenges of being on the road, I could relate to this adventure on many levels, but peddling for over 2,000 miles was a whole other story ! Taking on sumo wrestlers, dealing with torrential rains, and sleeping in a tent on the side of the road were just the physical demands this trip required. The bigger test was psychological, and watching Charles grow closer to his son with each passing day was inspiring. So if you're looking for some incentive to spend more time with your family, or perhaps plan an adventure of your own, this book will do the trick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradford R Graff on December 6, 2012
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This is a really, really fun book. While I WAS expecting a good travelogue about a father / son trip biking the length of Japan - I got a lot more. Do I dare say... a page-turner! Once he got into the details of the trip, I found myself really drawn into the story. There was the expected and the unexpected trials and tribulations (not a spoiler, but the sumo-wresting story was cool). Charles Scott does a great job combining the details of the trip with fun anecdotes, interesting characters, wit, and compassion.

A great read.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an engaging account of the author's bicycle trip through Japan with his 8 year old son. Having lived in Japan for several decades, I was able to see with new eyes many of the places and customs he shared. I appreciated his honesty in sharing the good and the bad, his fears and triumphs. This is a must read for expats of Japan and for those looking for out of the ordinary true adventure.
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By Dan Urness on June 16, 2014
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I very much enjoyed this book! "Rising Son" delivers a great message about treasuring your family, and overcoming challenges to fulfill goals. However, what separated this book from others with similar messages is that it actually inspires the reader to get out and do something adventurous. Personally, I am not sure what that adventure will be, but the book has left me looking forward to life's unknowns.
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Just a great book (and great illustrations!). It gave me another view of Japan and of the Japanese: often thought of as being really xenophobic, that is clearly very far from the truth. There is so much in this book, from the subjective, personal struggles of father and son, to history and culture. There is a lot to admire here but the author is far from self-promoting. I've just finished it (in the Kindle version) but heck, I might just read it again.
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By Mandy Canfield on October 1, 2013
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A wonderful journey told with honesty! Loved it! Would love to have known a little more about facts and figures of the trip.
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Great book with such an important message. An important story about the importance of family and the time we spend with them. Bravo Scott!
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If you are wandering what type of adventure you can do with your son, this is the book. A very well written adventure book, that makes you travel with them together throughout Japan, with a great sense of humor and courage.
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