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Book details
  • Genre:SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SubGenre:Cycling
  • Language:English
  • Pages:286
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098394912
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098394905

One Ride at a Time

Life Lessons Learned on a Cross-Country Bicycle Ride

by Rob Leachman View author's profile page

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Overview
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. At an age when most people are slowing down, Rob Leachman set off on an unforgettable adventure. In 2017, Rob and his wife had just turned sixty years old and were recreational cyclists at best. But they refused to let their age prevent them from pursuing their goals and dreams. Instead, they embarked from San Diego on a 3,000-mile bicycle tour across the southern United States, hoping to reach the Atlantic Ocean forty-six days later. "One Ride at a Time: Life Lessons Learned on a Cross-Country Bicycle Ride" is part memoir, part travel story about their amazing journey, and part a guidebook for living a more fulfilling life. Whether you're an avid cyclist or an armchair adventurer, you're sure to find this unique perspective on America and tale of personal growth a ride worth taking. "Travel memoir enthusiasts will likely find satisfaction in this account of an unusual cycling experience." - Kirkus Reviews
Description
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. At an age when most people are slowing down, Rob Leachman set off on an unforgettable adventure. In 2017, Rob and his wife had just turned sixty years old and were recreational cyclists at best. But they refused to let their age prevent them from pursuing their goals and dreams. Instead, they embarked from San Diego on a 3,000-mile bicycle tour across the southern United States, hoping to reach the Atlantic Ocean forty-six days later. "One Ride at a Time: Life Lessons Learned on a Cross-Country Bicycle Ride" is part memoir, part travel story about their amazing journey, and part a guidebook for living a more fulfilling life. Whether you're an avid cyclist or an armchair adventurer, you're sure to find this unique perspective on America and tale of personal growth a ride worth taking. On October 1, 2017, Rob and Bev found themselves naturally nervous, more than a little fearful of what was to come. Unsure of their chances of success, they departed with seven other riders and two seasoned support guides on what would become the adventure of their lives. In the process, they encountered mountains and deserts, rain, wind, and even sandstorms, overcoming their lack of experience to ultimately reach St. Augustine, Florida. In the process, they dealt with great tragedy before ultimately experiencing a profound sense of triumph and joy. With countless hours riding alone as they made their way across the country, they learned many lessons about cycling, about themselves, and about life itself, including: -How to stretch yourself, overcome adversity, and achieve goals previously thought to be unreachable. -How to enjoy each moment, appreciate their accomplishments, and find beauty in the most unexpected places. -How to break through seeming limitations to live the most fulfilling life possible. Written with humor and deep reflection, this unforgettable book will leave readers captivated by the story of these cyclists pursuing a life-long dream and enchanted by such a unique viewpoint of this vast nation. And like these adventurers, it may leave you yearning to pursue that long-time goal you've always wanted to attain. "Travel memoir enthusiasts will likely find satisfaction in this account of an unusual cycling experience." - Kirkus Reviews
About the author
Rob Leachman is a retired school district superintendent and university instructor and author of "One Ride at a Time: Life Lessons Learned on a Cross-Country Bicycle Trip". An educator, author, and occasional adventurer, Rob and his wife Bev completed numerous "adventure travel" trips, including a bicycle trip across Missouri on the "Katy Trail" and a rim-to-rim hike across the Grand Canyon, before riding their bicycles across the United States. Rob earned a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri and lives and works outside of Kansas City, Missouri. He currently writes about areas of lifelong interest to him, including the history of track and field, leadership and goal setting, and an area he calls "ageless adventure and fitness." He and Bev can often be seen hiking and biking on area roads and trails. He can be reached at RobLeachman.com.
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