Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America

Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America

Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America
@ FIRST PLACE – 2015 Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards

FIRST PLACE – 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards

SECOND PLACE – 2015 Great Southwest Book Festival

Winner of nine additional awards

In 2011, at 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a 3400-mile cross-country bicycle journey, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle.

More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson’s delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It’s a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.

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2 thoughts on “Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America

  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent ride, I mean read !, March 2, 2015
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    Pilgrim Wheels is about a cross country bike ride from a guy that rode the miles and put the time in the saddle. Neil is a later middle aged man in reasonably good shape undertaking the ride of his life, and we get to know Neil as Neil gets to know himself through reflections on a life lived.
    Neil is a skillful writer and the story carries you easily from day to day, destination to destination. His descriptions of the road, the route, the hills, the people and places and dogs and food and hotels are the essence of the ride. However, he also captures the musings a cyclist has on long open stretches of road but can never write down.
    I found myself getting worried as I was running out of book but still had half a country to go, until I went back to read the prologue to learn there is a Part II to the book, Kansas to Maryland. As a cyclist living in the mountains of Virginia, I kind of wished he’d chosen to ride on some of my roads here, just to read his description of the places I ride every day.
    The book makes me want to ride the ride myself – I recommend the companion book for pictures, his actual log, and more of the technical aspects of the ride.
    There’s a lot here, for cyclists and non-cyclists both. I can’t wait for the second part of the journey.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    I loved the pace of this book! What a joy to read!!, March 15, 2015
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    Alex T

    This review is from: Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America (Kindle Edition)
    A wonderful interplay between the ride experienced by a cyclist and reflections on life’s journey. Being neither a cyclist or biker, I was still very much pulled along for the ride myself, not unlike when reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance so many years ago. The author paints a multi-sensory picture of the places he rides. It was a pleasant coincidence when I found some of my own travels had crossed paths with this journey; and an engaging and thought-provoking armchair travelogue about the places I’ve not yet visited. When it comes to inspiring thoughts about life, I must paraphrase Mr. Hanson and say that perhaps an “uphill grade with a tailwind” might be one of my favorite life conditions.

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