(PDF) Over the Hills A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle author David Lamb
I LIKED it It s by a regular guy whose memoir chronicles his regular bike ride from DC to Santa Monicacasually humbly and honestly He shares his insights and feelings as he surprises himself by continuingand continuing and finally reaching his destination on the opposite side of the continent He muses on the character and characters of the small towns on his daily stops across the heartland of America his improving health and determination and of missing his family back home He sprinkles in many historical bicycling facts and occasional ideas of how bicycling could improve our world today This is NOT a novel there are no chase scenes not even really dogs no blood not much anyway But it s a great read about a great guy you could easily strike up a conversation with I don t think I ll follow in his ath but I definitely enjoyed reading about it I loved David s story about how he biked from DC to Santa Monica and the eople and The Elephants Journey places he encountered Even though it s two decades out of date it s a great story about how you see things on a bike that you would never see from a car He started this trip with minimalrep overweight and a smoker Persistence And Patience Led and Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' patience led to a finishMy wife and I are hikers and love the intimate encounters you have witheople and laces that you d normally ass by in a car or even a bike David s descriptions of his own experiences are inspiringI also appreciate how he ties in stories about the history of cycling and how it changed our society A Far from an elite athlete the author Undertakes A Cross Country Bicycle a cross country bicycle and chronicles it with the sharp eye of an experienced journalistNothing really extraordinary happens but Lamb s description of the ordinary is captivating For instance his trek through the bleak headwind laden Oklahoma Changing Face of the Hero panhandle seems at once dreary but his account of it makes it mysteriously alluringIn the end Lamb concludes that crossing the country by bicycle was not that big a deal If a non athletic middle aged smoker could do it th I enjoyed this book even though the cover highlights aet The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry peeve of mine found in the book The book s subtitle reads A Midlife Escape across America by Bicycle and the first line of the introduction reads I slippedast fifty an into middle age without a whimper Unless you have a firm founda. David Lamb's journey on a sleek 21 speed touring bicycle carried him 3145 miles from his home near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC all the way to the StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story pier in Santa Monica California The result is a highlyersonal account of coming to grips Tion of centennial ancestors in your family the midfifties are not your middle age The American life expectancy average hit family the midfifties are not your middle age The American life expectancy average hit new high of 78 So even if you want to optimistically call your forties your midlife the fifties most robably are notI read this book because my wife Mindy and I are lanning our own adventures of *traveling the United States Though Lamb admits he had no firm reason for * the United States Though Lamb admits he had no firm reason for adventure of biking acoss the states expect erhaps the American love of travel I can relate There is a joy in the journey and he The Lady and the Lionheart provides good companionship for the ride Wanting to travel across America on a bicycle could strike many as an incomprehensible desire Over the Hills is a memoir of a middle aged journalist s 3000 mile afternoon ride The book is well written fun to read and strikes an excellent balance between travelogueersonal memoir and barely disguised worship of middle America s relaxed way of lifeThe author is decidedly not art of bicycling culture He wore ordinary looking clothing on his trip ate in ordinary diners and truck stops and stayed in ordinary hotel rooms with his bike standing by the side of the bed Mr Lamb is very much a character in his own storyI m not sure whether it s that the writing got better after the first few slower chapters or that I grew to appreciate the style as I read The latter slow acclimation would be articularly appropriate Highly recommended to cyclists and considerate cagers alike It was a leasure reading about a middle aged unpretentious guy who ate lain American food drank milkshakes and smoked as he biked solo across the country Although as he later died of esophageal cancer erhaps he should ve cut out the smokes Nothing bad happens to him on his journey besides flat tires and anxiety so Melville like he slips in chapters about the history of bicycling Lamb s writing is simple and graceful and he views non coastal America with great affection In 1995 the author David Lamb decided to take two months away from an established career in journalism valiantly unplugging from direct deposit and in order to sojourn across the continental US on an aging bicycle He did most of the ride solo and unsupported armed only with his wit and charm this was before the widespread use of cellphones or Google Maps and when it was over he captu. Ith middle age in the tradition of Howell Raines Fly Fishing Through the Midlife CrisisLamb did no training for his cross country feat failed to curb his addiction to either cigarettes or junk food and along the way encountered an America all but invi.
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of anecdote bicycle lore and recent US history a self A (kinda) Country Christmas propelled variation on William Heat Moon s Blue Highways i recommend this book to anyone interested in aging well or touring the USA from the dynamic euilibrium of a bicycle seat Is this still inrint I read this ages ago and was captivated by the spirit shown As I recall there s not much To ItI Rode From itI rode from to here stopped for lunch here talked about the local gossip with somebody rode again stayed overnight at This Place Had To place had to a tire etc Then repeat for the next day But I d love to bike across the country someday Reading books of this type lets me live the experience through the authors update 42018just finished re reading it I wasn t remembering all the details uite correctly but think Lamb does a fine job throwing in history of the bicycle of roads in America of bicycling advocacy as well as recounting details of his adventure Seems dated now 20 odd years after it s ublication but was the first bike touring book I read and I appreciate it being the one to grab my interest in this subject Not the best of the bike touring books I ve read but certainly in the next tier David Lamb takes a cross country journey on bike from Washington DC to California describing his experiences and the country along with bicycle history Very interesting I read this years ago long before I ever thought of riding across America Found it intriguing then but how much now that I can relate to his experiences note of course that he did it long before there were so many cross country riders he says that he met only six other bicyclists along the way He did it self supported motels without training and without giving up his cigarette habit Although I didn t ride solo I agree with his assessmentBicycling solo across the America is a low risk doable challenge The fact that so many eople I met thought it was an impossible undertaking erhaps had to do with how little adventure and uncertainty they were willing to accept in their lives than it did with my own daringBeing an oldish and fattish woman who has accomplished this trip twice I believe that it is something anyone can do if they have the spirit to do so and are willing to undergo some temporary sufferin. Sible to those unfortunate travelers held hostage by the interstate The journey took him three months and Over the Hills is the magnificent result a literary travelogue funny and celebratory a story about eople met and National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 physical challenges overcome.mix of anecdote bicycle lore and recent US history a self ropelled variation on William Heat Moon s Blue Highways i