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Bicycling beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West by Daryl Farmer

By Daryl Farmer

On a trip all started two decades previous, Daryl Farmer, a twenty-year-old two-time university dropout, did what misplaced males have so frequently performed during this nation: he headed west. two decades later and seventy kilos heavier, with the yellowing journals from that transformative five-thousand-mile bicycle trek in his pack, Farmer got down to retrace his course. this can be his tale of pursuing that far-off summer season and that far-off dream of domestic, the place house is unending house, a roof of huge sky, and a mattress of dry earth. Just because the years altered the fellow, so, too, have they altered the West, and Farmer’s moment trip offers a distinct viewpoint on those changes—as good as on what lasts. even if stuck in a Colorado storm from snow or braving a Yellowstone herd of bison, kayaking with orcas in Puget Sound, buying and selling Ninja strikes with a homeless guy in San Francisco, or getting the lowdown on extraterrestrial beings on Nevada’s Extraterrestrial road, Farmer charts a relocating panorama of individuals and areas. this is often the West the place the wildlife and private personality are inextricably associated, and the place one man’s experience into the prior and current takes us to the center of that ever-evolving connection. (20080306)

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The forecast called for night temperatures of less than ten degrees, which could have been a good test for the lower limits of my warmest clothes and sleeping bag. ” And I felt it, knew exactly what Steinbeck meant, this merging of time. It was a winter day in spring, and I was in pursuit of a past and future summer. I could feel schedules as defined by a clock or calendar slowly fading. It was not for me to wish the snow to stop. Better to let the weather fall as it may, to embrace rather than fight it.

The trail continued uphill and wound through pine forests and willow marsh. The ground was covered deep in snow, but the trail was clear, even the short wood bridge that crossed a creek. Near the top of the pass it merged with the highway, and a turn lane led into a parking lot, where a carload of people were feeding a red fox from their rolled-down windows. The streaming wind howled in my ears as I descended along streams and ponds and piles and drifts of leftover snow. The sky had grown cloudy, a reminder how fast weather could change in these mountains.

He asked. When I told him, he asked if it wasn’t too cold for long-distance bicycling, and I agreed that it probably was. In all, only a couple of inches of snow had covered Frisco, but I was worried about the trail over Vail Pass, and I asked the bartender about it. “There might be places where you’ll have to carry your bike over 19 Below Freezing drifts,” he said. “And toward the top it might be iced over and slick. It’ll be cold, and there’s supposed to be a storm moving in. ” And the ride down the other side?

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