Bicycling Beyond the Divide
Copyright © 2007
by Daryl Farmer
U of Nebraska P
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On a journey begun twenty years earlier, Daryl Farmer, a twenty-year-old two-time college
dropout, did what lost men have so often done in this country: he headed west. Twenty
years later and seventy pounds heavier, with the yellowing journals from that
transformative five-thousand-mile bicycle trek in his pack, Farmer set out to retrace his
path. This is his story of pursuing that distant summer and that distant dream of home,
where home is endless space, a roof of big sky, and a bed of dry earth. Just as the years
altered the man, so, too, have they altered the West, and Farmer’s second journey affords
a unique perspective on these changes—as well as on what lasts. Whether caught in a
Colorado snowstorm or braving a Yellowstone herd of bison, kayaking with orcas in Puget
Sound, trading Ninja moves with a homeless man in San Francisco, or getting the lowdown
on aliens on Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, Farmer charts a moving landscape of people and places. This is the West where the natural world and personal character are inextricably linked, and where one man’s ride into the past and present takes us to the heart of that ever-evolving connection.
from the publisher
Bicycling Beyond the Divide did what all great books do: it told me about me.
In its tale of a journey made by two different men both of them Daryl Farmer
this book offers us not only moving vistas and meaningful people, but also hope,
that rarest of literary commodities these days. I didn't want this to end. Bret Lott,
author of Jewel
In this wise and funny book about biking our American West, Daryl Farmer journeys across
miles and through memory to self-discovery, and it's our good fortune to come along
without expending nearly so many calories. Gregory Martin, author of
Daryl Farmer writes with tenderness, humor, and profound insight, not only about the
wonders of the western landscape, but about the troubled terrain of the human heart.
Losing himself out there on the endless seam of two-lane blacktop, Daryl Farmer found
himself the 20-something who first took the trip and the forty-something man he would
become. Bicycling Beyond the Divide is a transformative book about the hunger for the
road and for self-understanding. Somewhere Edward Abbey is smiling.
Brent Spencer, author of Are We Not Men?
Reading Bicycling beyond the Divide was the best vacation I took all year
in a year I
traveled to Mexico, France and Italy. Even if you have never ridden a bike or set foot in
the West, this book will make both a part of your life as vivid as any trip you have taken.
Daryl Farmer's journey into the heart of a land, of a time, into the very nature of
memory and experience is one I will never forget.
Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Space
Daryl Farmer lyrically meshes his traveling experiences of 1985 with 2005 in his book.
. . . With writing that compares favorably to Paul Theroux, William Least Heat Moon,
and John Steinbeck, Farmer assures us that the American spirit hasn't been completely
deflated. Lee Gooden, ForeWord