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Trail of 32: The True Story of a Youthful Spirit That Knew Not of Defeat by [Rega, Paul]
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"I keep thinking this has got to come out as one of the greatest experiences for these boys. I would put this up with any amount of education, any amount of travel and any amount of history. I just can't say enough about an organization that puts itself through a thing like this." -- Mal Bellairs, Former Radio Talk Show Host, WIVS-AM, Crystal Lake, Illinois
   
"Take a deep breath ....prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime!" -- D.G. Torrens, Bestselling Author of Amelia's Story
    
"A heart warming and inspirational story of the Boy Scouts. I would give it 10 stars if possible. ....something for everyone in this book and you certainly don't have to be a boy scout or interested in scouts to love this book!" --Maurine Roller
   
"Paul Rega wrote a page-turning story--especially for us 'Baby-Boomers'!" 

From the Author

Trail of 32 chronicles an amazing feat about thirty-two boys and leaders, who rode their bicycles nearly 1,400 miles from their hometown of Wood Dale, Illinois to Jacksonville, Florida in 1972. At 14 years old, the author was a junior leader on the trip. 

This is a true coming of age story about growing up in the late 1950's through the early 70's. There were no cell phones, GPS or even bike helmets at that time. However, the Scouts were armed with their new Sears Free Spirit 10-speed bikes, and a unique set of values they learned as children. The historic trip has been hailed as the longest organized bike hike in the history of Scouting. The boy's adventure was covered by many TV and radio stations as well as several newspapers throughout the country. The book contains 24 original pictures from the trip, many taken by the author in 1972.
   

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  • File Size: 7561 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: DeepBlue (April 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXC1BWW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I lived back in the years portrayed. To have the way of life back in the 40's and 50's revealed again in such a descriptive way made me feel I was living my life over again. Having been in Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts and then leadership I enjoyed every moment of the entire book. Very good book. True to life in every respect!
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A heart warming and inspirational story of the Boy Scouts. I would give it 10 stars if possible. There is something for everyone in this book and you certainly don't have to be a boy scout or interested in scouts to love this book!
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By Fran on September 4, 2013
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It is fascinating to follow these youngsters on their incredible journey that all began from one boys idea.
The overwhelming challenges each faced day after day can only attest to their steadfast "can do" spirit.
One should never ever under estimate the ability of young people to accomplish great things.
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Trail of 32 is a wonderful read. It is more than just a story about a group of Boy Scouts (although I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the movement); it is an extremely moving account of a journey made by a group of young teenage boys across America. It tells how the boys came to make the journey, what inspired them to do it and how they raised the money to make the trip possible. It also recounts the actual journey itself. It describes the difficulties the boys faced, including an extremely difficult 3,000 feet bicycle ride up to Newfoundland Gap in the Great Smokey Mountains where they encountered bears, as well as the great fun they had along the way and, at the end, the amazing triumph they felt at having accomplished such an incredible journey.

This book is a beautifully-written, inspiring read!
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Another 'sauna' Kindle read! (pure quiet-time-enjoyment)

Paul Rega wrote a page-turning story--especially for us 'Baby-Boomers'! And.....the Boy Scouts of America! (den mothers ---craft projects --campfire stories --bicycles)

Penny Candy, The Three stooges, (fear of creating juvenile delinquency -of course) : MUCH too much violence on TV. .............
Oh....if ONLY.....'today' we were so lucky!

Woody Wood Pecker --

No VCR's

8 mm cameras

modest 3 bedroom homes -- matchbox cars -playing marbles --

Fathers working with their 'hands' (carpenter -handyman -teaching sons skills with 'tools')

Tinkering ---OUTSIDE play -- "playing ARMY'

exploring ----fishing -- camping --[respect for nature].....etc.

Boyhood innocence to..................
YEARS of Boy Scout training had contributed to Paul Rega in more ways than can be imagined --

Wow! What a MENSCH -of a MAN!
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This book took me back to a simpler time that I wasn't fortunate enough to live in but have always been fascinated by. Paul Rega has done a great job of not only telling us about this simple time, but about the amazing brave adventures of a group of Boy Scouts. While reading this I feel like I was given exclusive access to a time machine where I was able to lose myself in the past for a brief time. Job well done Mr. Rega!
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Paul Rega. True story
Trail of 32
This is a story of growing up and being part of the scout movement, 32 boys head out on a 1400 miles cycle trek to Florida. This journey takes them through eight states.
The journey was probably the largest ever undertaken at the time, and must have been one of the greatest achievements of its time.
The journey was in its self an education and in 1972 it was a fantastic thing to have done.
This book is a terrific read and very emotional in bits, it is very well written and I am sure you will enjoy reading it.
4 stars. 17 October 2013 .
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For someone who was married and had children at the time of the trip, so it was a trip back in time for me. I was amazed how little change growing up between the 30s & 40s as I did. Was from 50s &60s. I do wish there was more about the ride itself.
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