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Biking Across America: My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way Paperback – May 15, 2013
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Discover the heart of America on this life-changing, cross-country bike adventure
After Paul Stutzman finished hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, he found himself longing for another challenge. Trading his hiking boots for a bicycle, Paul set off to discover more of America.
Starting at Neah Bay, Washington, and ending at Key West, Florida, Paul traversed the five-thousand-mile distance between the two farthest points in the contiguous United States. Along the way he encountered nearly every kind of terrain and weather the country had to offer--as well as hundreds of fascinating people who represent the challenges and triumphs of the entire country. Through cold and heat, loneliness and exhaustion, abundance and kindness, Paul pedaled on. His reward--and yours--is a glimpse of an amazing country that inspires us all.
If you long for adventure, love to meet new people, and love this place called America, get ready for the ride of your life.
Paul Stutzman is the author of Hiking Through. A former restaurant manager who left his career after his wife's death from breast cancer, Paul hiked the Appalachian Trail in search of peace, healing, and freedom. He continues to seek out adventure in new ways every day. When he is not hiking or on a cross-country bike ride he makes his home in Ohio. Find out more at www.paulstutzman.com.
About the Author
Paul Stutzman is the author of Hiking Through. A former restaurant manager who left his career after his wife's death from breast cancer, Paul hiked the Appalachian Trail in search of peace, healing, and freedom. He continues to seek out adventure in new
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Top customer reviews
At no time was I bored in reading. It was very well written and if you can put up with some preaching, some very non-Christian behavior, and some very nice riding stories, this was a good read.
I want to be clear, no one is always good and decent all the time and in a way, it was kind of fun to read about this man who professes to be a very Christian character, be just as mean and nasty as everyone and to have him be honest about it. I would have liked if he could have seen the inappropriateness of some of the actions and addressed that as well. By not doing so, it felt more than a little hypocritical.
With regard to cycling, the number one reason many people quit is because their bike seat, or "saddle", is so uncomfortable it can seem more of an instrument of torture than something to sit on mile after mile after mile, A bike seat is a very personal thing, and it takes a lot of experimentation to find the right one. It took me years, and a lot of money spent on "saddles" before I finally found the one that I can ride 50+ miles on without discomfort. For those of you who are curious, my go-to seat is the Terry Liberator X Gel, a women's model. I have a friend who swears by Serfa seats, and other who loves Specialized models. It depends on your anatomy what works for you.
On to the hotel/motel issue: I have stayed in motels all over the U.S., and a few in Canada, as well. Paul Stutzman simply related his experiences, nothing more, nothing less. Complaining would have consisted of going on and on about something, which he did not do.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recomment it to anyone who is interested in both the physical and spiritual journeys, and likes cycling. This book is a very good read, and Paul Stutzman is an excellent writer!!
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I appreciated the way the author wove his faith story into the biking story.