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Travis, Tim (1966-).  The road that has no end: How we traded in our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure.  Indianapolis, IN: Down the Road Publications, 2004.

With his wife Cindie he gives up the traditional life (job, home, roots) to travel the world by bicycle.  In this book he describes their 2002-2003  journey through Mexico and Central America.  He also maintains a web site which gives their current location—downtheroad.org.


Belmont, Justin Daniel, ed.  The art of bicycling: a treasury of poems.  Halcottsville, NY: Breakaway Books, 2005.  {60662970}

Belmont has collected poems from the earliest days of bicycling through the present in an interesting collection, interspersed with photographs by Francois Portmann.

Coetzee, J. M. (1940-)  Slow man.  New York: Viking, 2005.  {61503222}

Sixty year old Paul Rayment’s life is totally changed when an automobile-bicycle accident causes him to lose his leg.  Nobel prize winner Coetzee uses the bicycle throughout this intriguing novel to examine some of life’s most basic questions.

Murphy, Dervla (1931-).  Through Siberia by accident.  London: John Murray, 2005.  {58045501}

In 2002 Murphy planned a bicycle journey through Siberia on Pushkin, a wheel she purchased in Moscow and fitted with her own saddle.  Unfortunately, an accident on the BAM so injured her knee she abandoned the bicycle and instead rode the train and paddle steamers through Eastern Siberia.

Mustoe, Anne (1933-2009).  Amber furs and cockleshells: travels with pilgrims and merchants.  London: Virgin, 2005.  {57200631}

Mustoe rides from the North Sea to the Adriatic along the Amber Trail, from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail, and from Le Puy, France to Santiago De Compostela on the Pilgrim Way of St. James.  In each she is befriended by the locals, describing her route and the people with whom she interacts in a pleasant, engaging narrative.

Thomas, Mickey. “You can’t bike to Alaska.  It’s an island.  Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2005.

With nine other young men he rode Bike Centennial’s (Adventure Cycling) route from Missoula, Montana to Anchorage, Alaska, 3,400 miles, 1,400 on gravel.  They rode in 1980, with Thomas just out of a two year graduate program.  With no training and little experience he managed to cycle the majority of the way, hitchhiking when his knees gave out early in the trip.  Three riders failed to finish.

Clark, John Stuart.  The Chalke Way:  A coast to coast ride along Europe’s oldest green roads.  London: Two Wheels, 1995.  {60224638}

Zheutlin, Peter.  “Chasing Annie.”  Bicycling, XLVI (May, 2005, 4), 64-69.


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