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Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide Paperback – May 25, 2011
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"Be Brave, Be Strong" is a book both simple and enormously complex, a story both nuanced and quick-reading, and an adventure narrative of both personal and cultural significance. Most of all, it elevates the joy of suffering on a bike to high intrapersonal art. -- David Chenault, Bedrock and Paradox
We're given fascinating views into the internal struggle and psychological influences that allow some people to push their mind and body to the edge and actually achieve heightened awareness and ability that forever creates in them a craving to experience it again and again. -- "Flying With Red Haircrow"
I am in awe of this woman... not only can she write a good yarn, but her story is amazing. I mean how many of us would ride a mountain bike from Canada to Mexico in rain and over 11,000 foot mountains in just 24 days? With only two outfits and a bag of junk food and a sleeping bag? -- Tara Chevrestt, "Book Babe"
Another great adventure story from Jill. If you enjoy adventure and cycling, you'll enjoy this book. And be careful because you might just develop dreams of one day riding the Tour Divide yourself. -- Andy Amick
Jill Homer grants us plenty of personal insights into the background to her Tour Divide ride, and her feelings during the ride itself. This is a very open, female perspective on what I assume is normally the predominantly macho and insular world of extreme bike racing, and means the book is never just a dry account of a bike ride. -- Jim Speakman
About the Author
Jill Homer grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism in 2000. She began her career working for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah and Idaho. In 2005, she moved to Homer, Alaska, to pursue adventure in the Last Frontier. She never viewed herself as an athlete, but she was searching for a unique kind of outlet that provided both physical and psychological challenges. Endurance cycling fit that description. Two years of (mainly mis)adventures landed her in one of the most difficult endurance races in North America, a 350-mile winter traverse of Alaska wilderness called the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The unforgettable experience was the genesis of her first book, Ghost Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime. Her second book, Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide is a continuation of her ongoing adventures. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor in Los Altos, California.
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The book does start slowly and it seems to get bogged down in her relationship troubles but this background does ultimately serve as a juxtaposition to her struggles and ultimately, her achievement.
Jill's writing places you right there riding along with her. After finishing the book, I had a sense of travel and accomplishment myself. I want to shake her hand! Jill details her ups and downs in this well-written adventure story. It reminded me of a cycling version of the sublime Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner She also has a good sense of humor amid all the toil and strife she faces.
I only wish that she included more photos of her journey in the book.
(One other caveat: the Kindle version includes a lot of typos) Not sure if they are in the paperback version or not.
If you're at all interested in adventure-cycling, the outdoors, or self-discovery, you'll want to check out this excellent book.
What a brave strong young lady.....I am now an official fan of Jill Homer...
What can I say? Jill's beautiful description s of the landscapes and the detailed events made me feel like I was riding right there beside her!
Definitely a good read even is you're not an endurance cyclist. Jill opens up and shares all her thoughts , feeling, and emotions through the good times and the bad. Can't imagine trying to ride through mud so thick it pulls your shoe off and completely gums up your derailleur? how about bears and lightening storms on a mountain top.
Awesome story, and very well told. =(;-)