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Bicycling beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West (Outdoor Lives) Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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“In this wise and funny book about biking our American West, Daryl Farmer journeys across miles and through memory to self-discovery, and it's our good fortune to come along—without expending nearly so many calories.”—Gregory Martin, author of Mountain City
(Gregory Martin 2007-07-13)

Bicycling beyond the Divide did what all great books do: it told me about me. In its tale of a journey made by two different men—both of them Daryl Farmer—this book offers us not only moving vistas and meaningful people, but also hope, that rarest of literary commodities these days. I didn't want this to end.”—Bret Lott, author of Jewel
(Bret Lott 2007-07-13)

“Daryl Farmer lyrically meshes his traveling experiences of 1985 with 2005 in his book. . . . With writing that compares favorably to Paul Theroux, William Least Heat Moon, and John Steinbeck, Farmer assures us that the American spirit hasn't been completely deflated.”—Lee Gooden, ForeWord
(Lee Gooden ForeWord 2008-03-06)

“The book isn’t just bicycle talk. Much to Farmer’s credit—and the fact that he keeps journals—he gives us some historical background of the towns and places he visits. He also shares his personal life and his feelings, such as loneliness, anger and moments of happiness. All in all, it’s a good read for anyone contemplating a long-distance bicycle journey or some other adventure.”—Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
(Algis J. Laukaitis Lincoln Journal Star 2008-04-06)

"Even if you have no interest in bicycling, if you haven't ridden one in years and have no intention of getting it out now that the weather is warmer, ride along with Daryl Farmer to learn more about living."—Duncan R. Jamieson, Sports Literature Association
(Duncan R. Jamieson Sports Literature Association 2008-04-12)

"Farmer succeeds in finishing an epic adventure, and a fine book."—Don Scheese, Western American Literature
(Don Scheese Western American Literature)

“Daryl Farmer writes with tenderness, humor, and profound insight, not only about the wonders of the western landscape, but about the troubled terrain of the human heart. Losing himself out there on the endless seam of two-lane blacktop, Daryl Farmer found himself, the 20-something who first took the trip and the forty-something man he would become. Bicycling Beyond the Divide is a transformative book about the hunger for the road and for self-understanding. Somewhere Edward Abbey is smiling.”—Brent Spencer, author of Rattlesnake Daddy
(Brent Spencer 2012-02-14)

“Reading Bicycling beyond the Divide was the best vacation I took all year—in a year I traveled to Mexico, France, and Italy. Even if you have never ridden a bike or set foot in the West, this book will make both a part of your life as vivid as any trip you have taken. Daryl Farmer’s journey—into the heart of a land, of a time, into the very nature of memory and experience—is one I will never forget.”—Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Space
(Jesse Lee Kercheval 2012-02-14)

About the Author

Daryl Farmer has published essays, short stories, poems, and reviews in several journals including South Dakota Review and Prairie Schooner.
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Product Details

  • Series: Outdoor Lives
  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803220340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803220348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Uva B. Dolezal on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bicycling beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West (Outdoor Lives)

This is an adventure story that is as much about how people in all the small rural towns and parks have changed from 1985 to 2005 as it is about bicycling through the Western United Sates. This book is made up of many portraits of people met and images of the American landscape as described by a shy traveler who is a great listener and neutral absorber of everyplace he peddles through (as well as the places he doesn't make it via bicycle) as this country is no easy ride. Making this book a really interesting read.
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I have not been on a bicycle since I was thirteen, but no matter. This book was an enjoyable and enlightening tale of one man's second journey through the American West (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Utah) over the course of a summer in 2005. He made the same journey 20 years earlier. Great armchair traveling!
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This is a book about two journeys on a bike separated in time. I enjoyed the way Daryl revealed the people and places he encountered on the trip. This is a face paced read that can be picked up and read randomly with each location as its own story. I would highly recommend reading it and purchased another copy to share with a friend who enjoys travel and adventure writing.
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