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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6452
Location: Maine

10/16/20 2:09 PM

Shameless book plug

Iíve mentioned this before, but I just finished a great new book by my friend, and my wifeís cousin, Elizabeth McGowan. This is about an unsupported cross country ride on the TransAmerica Trail in 2000, after a long course of treatment, including multiple surgeries, for melanoma. At every stop she talks with people about melanoma, hands out brochures for the treatment program she credits with saving her life and coupons for sunscreen.

Lots about cycling, lots about cancer and also some other stuff. Eye opening about what this type of trip is really like, and what possibilities it holds.

I found it fascinating, though I of course am biased. Elizabethís day job is environmental journalist - she won a Pulitzer in 2013 for reporting on an oil pipeline spill in Michigan. You can get that extensive series of articles for another $6!

A fun fact is that she did not have a flat on the ride, but had a bulging sidewall in the middle of nowhere, 100 miles from a shop. She had lots of tubes but not a spare tire, so with some help reinforced the tire with, what else, duct tape and rode the 100 miles on it.

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17941
Location: Portland, OR

10/16/20 4:50 PM

Link worth viewing:

Seems very MC focused.

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Joined: 04 Mar 2004
Posts: 503
Location: Doylestown, PA

10/16/20 5:22 PM

After major downsizing three times about 10 years ago--which meant gutting my personal library of 1000s of books--I stopped buying new books. But I just put a hold on the McGowan book at my local library.

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