Bicycling Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.

AuthorGooden, Lee
PositionBook review

Work Title: Bicycling Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West

Work Author(s): Daryl Farmer

University of Nebraska Press

331 pages, Hardcover $26.95


ISBN: 9780803220348

Reviewer: Lee Gooden

In 1985 President Ronald Reagan was publicly sworn in for his second term, We Are the World was recorded by USA for Africa, Back to the Future was the number one movie at the box office, and Daryl Farmer, at the age of twenty, began a bicycle tour through the western states of America.

Twenty years later, at the age of forty, Farmer decided to reenact his tour. Farmer writes, "Saturday, May 7, I said good bye...wobbled down the driveway, pedaled to the end of the street...not used to the altitude, or the climb, I was already panting. I hadn't ridden for nearly three weeks, was probably in the worse shape of my life, and it was clear I packed too much gear." After he traveled a mile and a half, Farmer realized his cyclometer wasn't working and he called his wife to come and get him. His first attempt at reliving his twenties was aborted.

Daryl Farmer lyrically meshes his traveling experiences of 1985 with 2005 in his book, Bicycling Beyond the Divide. He defines 1985 as...

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