- File Size: 4557 KB
- Print Length: 341 pages
- Publisher: Radiant Press; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006Z06RJW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
88 Pianos: A Recumbent Adventure Across America Kindle Edition
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I do not envy or appreciate Mr. Northey for his resentful attitudes toward entire states and most people. Also, I know enough about riding to state that he brought much of his pain and suffering upon himself. He chose a roundabout route for a ride with a tight schedule, leaving himself almost no time to rest. Oops. While he praises his maps, he had trouble keeping on his route. And he rode at the extreme right of the road, which nearly got him killed a time or two and caused much of his stress. That's bad technique for someone who takes on a challenge this big. The odd result of my reading this book is that I'd like to do this ride partly to show that bike touring can be better than his experience. He could have had a much deeper experience and far more fun.
The book suffers only moderately from the usual failing of poorly edited ebooks. I noticed that he uses "bazaar" consistently for "bizarre" and a few other grammatical errors, but the readability is pretty high. It's just his attitude and poor planning that bother me.
This is obviously an honest account of personal experience, and I like that honesty, along with the dry wit the author displayed, making fun of his own mistakes and miscalculations. I identified with him as it seemed he went off a little half cocked, and that would be the kind of thing I would do if I got some crazy idea into my head out of the blue.
This wasn't laugh out loud funny, but it was interesting, amusing and informative. I certainly enjoyed taking the journey with him.
I'm glad I got this one free, I would have hated to have paid for it.
Mr. Northey has a vivid imagination which he relies on to tell his tale which makes it fun but is not the reality of the ride (except in his head) which is part of the story. He tends to write a lot about the negative side of things some of which are just the way he perceives it, but it is his story. I was on a group tour several years ago and in the western plains I always envisioned myself riding through a postcard while many got really tired of the vast openness as apparently did Mr. Northey.
I was very troubled with two of his back to back chapters. He was very homophobic in one and very demeaning of those with physical disabilities in the other; both of these were tales from his imagination. One need not disparage others who but for the grace of _______ go I or you or Mr. Northey.
Do you have the passion, motivation, and fortitude to step away from your "real" life briefly and dare bravely,( i.e. maybe run a marathon in the Rocky Mountains, hike the Alaska Highway, walk across the U.S.,north to south)? How about dipping your tire in the Pacific Ocean in Oregon with a plan to dip a tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and attempt this adventure in 3 months on a recumbent bike, alone, without a back -up vehicle and no television cameras? Mr. William Northey did! Eighty-eight Pianos- a Recumbent Adventure will take you on that ride, minute by sweaty minute,day by unpredictable day,in the most interesting, witty, and entertaining way possible. It's gut honest and sprinkled with ribald language. Northey also kindly and generously acknowledges the many people across America who cheered him on along his sometime hardscrabble way.Definitely not a ho-hum this-is what-I -had-for breakfast -the- leaves -are -falling- off- the -trees book.
I so enjoyed it I purchased the beautiful(but expensive, but worth it )hard copy for my coffee table.
Give it a try! You'll enjoy the trip.