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Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Just to ride the route is truly dream of mine. Others, such as author Paul Howard participate in the annual self-supported race known as the Tour Divide. The book is a daily diary of his four weeks in the saddle and includes vivid depictions of scenery, terrain, sparseness, weather, towns, restaurants, lodging...or lack thereof..., and physical and mental challenges.
Written in his pure Englishman style, terms used may not be common to many readers yet they add character to the story. It's not often I find myself reading non-business books, but this was an exception I just had to make in order to ride this trail vicariously through the author. Thanks for allowing me to ride along on your journey Paul. Well done! "
Howard's writing style is very descriptive as well. I can tell he took some time trying to craft sentences, metaphors, and similes in order to explain what he detected with this senses. I appreciated it, but those who are used to breezing through a book might be a little disappointed because the more complex, flowery language might require some to slow down a little bit in order to digest the material.
The book is rather family friendly, with only a couple of mild profanities and a comical reference to the translation of "The Tetons" as "breasts".
The biggest problem with Eat, Sleep, Ride is Howard's pompous, arrogant British attitude. From beginning to end, Howard places the thinnest veil over his disgust for American culture.Read more ›
I disagree with previous comments about the author being pompous. He is simply telling the story through the eyes of a foreigner and making observations about American life. It's no different than American authors writing about their observations of customs and life in foreign countries. Indeed, most of the things he pokes fun at--Wal Mart and the prolific 4-wheelers encountered in the wilds, for example--are the very things at which many American writers also poke fun.
The Tour Divide Race is not a "race" in the usual sense. Cyclists challenge themselves to finish a perilous route along the Continental Divide, starting from Banff and south to Antelope Wells. Each athlete is self-supported, meaning no outside help is given.
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It was fine. I admire the stamina and effort involved in riding the route. Quite an effort for someone riding for the experience and not actually racing. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mr Howard takes a very long journey with a heavy bike and a light heart, documenting this trip with a well written book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by allen mccaslin
everything, everyone, because I enjoyed it
14 more words required, such a pain in the ass you are Amazon. Ya basta!
He is very judgmental towards every person he encounters, never missing an opportunity to call out their pants size, food portion size, or type of vehicle they drive. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SW
Paul Howard escapes his mundane, British commuter life by learning to ride a mountain bike, buying a ticket and heading out for Banff, Alberta and joining a truly epic race - The... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Herbert West
Fascinating account of an amazing adventure. Loaded with keen observations of the people involved and encountered and a great sense of humor. Read morePublished 24 months ago by j fuduric
I could not lay this book down. I enjoyed it immensely. I was very happy to see that all the racers were mentioned and reported on. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Mike Munroe