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5.0 out of 5 stars BICYCLING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: SLICE OF HEAVEN, TASTE OF HELL, September 7, 2007
This review is from: BICYCLING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: Slice of Heaven, Taste of Hell (Paperback)
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.

In the end, you will travel along with Lewis and Clark, the mountain man Jim Bridger, up the Road Going to the Sun in Glacier, make your way through Yellowstone National Park and the mighty Grand Tetons. You'll cross wagon tracks from the 1800s, climb rugged passes and sit beside clear mountain streams with a campfire's smoke curling into the night sky.

Wooldridge spins a bit of magic in this yarn known as two-wheeled adventure. Once you begin the ride, you can't stop. Brown doesn't give up and neither will you. Happy ending? You'll find out when you ride the Continental Divide.
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