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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon; First edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770694
  • ASIN: B005CDUK3M
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A voyage to the heart of what it means to be human. Read it. Cycle with Dominic and you'll be a better person for the ride -- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu Life-affirming stuff (****) News of the World --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family.

But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite strangers to join him on his long journey—strangers he hoped would become friends and help him turn a terrifying prospect into the adventure of a lifetime.

In Take a Seat, Dominic tells the story of his incredible journey. Over twenty-six months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through fifteen countries, was looked after by countless strangers, crashed into a Mexican banana truck, was nearly attacked by a mob of Bolivian political demonstrators, cycled past active volcanoes, and didn’t have a single haircut. All sorts of colorful characters took a seat on Achilles—from a meditating, pot-smoking French Canadian named Pierre to Adrienne, a lovely Appalachian girl who rode with him into Panama, and the dark-haired Joselyn from Chile. Eventually, Dominic reached Ushuaia, freezing and exhausted and with another new friend behind him—the 270th person to take that seat. He had achieved his dream.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Student87 on July 13, 2010
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I picked up Dominic Gill's book after having seen the 45 minute or so documentary detailing his 24 month adventure on a tandem bike. I enjoyed the documentary and my hopes for the book were high, fortunately I was not disappointed. In a little under 300 pages, Gill chronicles the challenges, joys, and sheer physical effort that went into his journey. Honest, funny and descriptive the book transforms the reader into the world of long (really long) distance cycling, unconventional international travel, and the adventures of looking for new friends in strange places. Reading Gill's chronicle I found myself feeling all the things he must have felt, and isn't that the purpose of a truly great read? To find yourself in a world different from your own, to identify with a character and to feel the thrilling sense of adventure found within the pages of "Take A Seat".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Tolen on February 10, 2011
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When I 1st read the description for this book, I was very excited. I loved the idea of inviting others to ride on a tandem bicycle with the author on his journey from Alaska to Patagonia, Chile. I looked forward to hearing about all the interesting people from different cultures that the author would meet along the way. Unfortunately, you learn very little about the people that he encounters and instead are forced to read the authors incessant whining and moaning most of the journey.
First of all, as great of an idea as it was, the idea actually came not from the author but was suggested by his publisher. So it seems a bit contrived from the start. Secondly, its ultimately not a very practical idea since the author is on a one way trip. So unless the tandem rider just happens to be needing a ride in the same direction it's difficult finding volunteers. Most of those who rode with the author only go as far as they can and then simply have to take a bus back home. As you can imagine, the author finds it difficult to get takers and a great deal of the book is the author riding by himself.
It's frustrating for both the author and reader. However, worse is hearing the author complain all the time about not having a rider, pulling the load himself and the loneliness he experiences. Yet, when he finds someone kind enough to ride with him, he goes on and on complaining that they aren't pulling their weight, causing him to have to do more work pedaling with their extra weight and wishing he was alone again. Then, once the rider has had enough of the bicycle, the author (who admits to his foul moods) or both, he quickly reverts to complaining again about going at it alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LT on December 29, 2010
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Having had the opportunity to join Dominic for a night on a more recent cross-country cycling trip, I can see that his magnetic personality is transfered right into the pages of Take a Seat as you join him for 20,000 miles from Alaska to the tip of South America on Achilles, a tandem bike used to pick up anyone who wanted to offer a bit of company and pedaling power. Dom's story is addictive, inspirational, emotional and contains all the unexpected qualities that define an adventure. You honestly do feel like you're right there, sore arse and all, journeying across open land, tall mountains, coastal highways and experiencing life and culture in its purist form along the way. With so many depressing stories dominating media headlines, escape to the real world on a journey that will restore your faith in humanity. Take a seat, it will change your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Malandra on December 13, 2010
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Dominic Gill isn't only and adventurer he's also a adventure writer! Reading this book I felt like I was on the back seat of his bike. Being a martial arts school owner teaching children, I'm making this book mandatory for all our teens. Aside from the story being awesome it also teaches one about perseverance, living your dream and just how strong the mind can be. Can't wait for the next book. Great job!
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