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Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America Paperback – June 24, 2014
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"Brian Benson’s memoir about riding from the hinterlands of Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon on his bicycle is as poignant as it is gripping, as hilarious as it is wise. GOING SOMEWHERE is a tender, sexy, take-it-with-you-everywhere-you-go-until-you’ve-read-the-last-page beauty of a book.” –Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
“Irresistible. . . . Let’s hope Benson has more travels in mind. He is a gifted writer, an observant human with an eye for the telling detail and how to tell it.” –Booklist
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Overall, this book is a scathingly honest look at what it’s like to do a long-distance ride with a girlfriend, and deal with the differences in riding styles, goals and needs. It starts out all romantic, but he comes to resent the fact that she’s slowing him down, which sours the relationship. He details the repercussions from his attitude and the choices he makes.
But it’s not all about strife and mental battles. He describes the joy and beauty of the trip, their elation at discovering bike trails and plunging into quiet Minnesota lakes, and the strangers who welcome them into their homes. He also records their disappointment in the straight roads and empty, wind-swept landscapes of Montana. He gives an honest look at what it’s like to cycle the Northern route, with all its accompanying hardships (including the uneasiness of encountering a weirdo out on the open plains, with nowhere to hide).
As cycling books go, “Going Somewhere” was well written, and often funny, but not the best I’ve read in the genre. The sexual escapades certainly differentiate it, and someone planning to ride the Northern route will pick up some good information from it. But overall, I didn't feel as pulled into the adventure as I've been by other cycling memoirs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brian's ability to make the reader feel like their riding beside him was a treat. I could imagine every hill and scenic view from my couch. Very well done!Published 1 month ago
This is a good book, first of Benson is a great writer and does a very good job of conveying the majesty of the landscape and the realities of his journey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johny Walbash
Found it very catching once the ride started. A little too hipster-ish for me, but kept me entertained to the end.Published 3 months ago by keith
I enjoy a good adventure story and this one did not disappoint. Being a cyclist and of the female persuasion I found some of the comments about the girlfriend ridiculous and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Infraredhead
Going Somewhere, A Bicycle Journey Across America by Brian Benson
Brian and Rachel got paid to teach music in south america. Read more
This is one of those tragic cases of a story that would have been better left unpublished. Brian has the ability to write, but there isn't enough meat--or heat--to the story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Memoir_Lover
The author did not take the time to write an intro that would have made all the unknown references he uses throughout the book make sense. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Don Sanders