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I stoked a fire for cycling on a long-ago father-son ride to northern Wisconsin, in a t-shirt, cut-offs and reject basketball shoes. A self-propelled recreation junkie and fan of all things outdoors, that first trip sparked a storytelling passion that continues with my recent cycling guidebook, the latest in a varied list of outdoor-focused titles. A regular contributor to Backpacker and regional magazines across the country, some of my other work includes Best Bike Ride Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Waterfalls, Loop Hikes Colorado, Bicycling Wisconsin, Mountain Biking Minnesota, and spinoff projects like media guides for sporting events in the upper Midwest.
Part of the fourth generation of deep family roots in Wisconsin’s far north, I spent my formative years in that incomparable beauty of the North Country and rural, southern Minnesota, nurturing a strong affinity for the outdoors and piling up memories as a country kid. I'm showing my own two kids the finer things from those same vantage points. My passion for all things outdoors took me to the mountains in 1991, where I managed to earn a natural resources management degree at Colorado State University, in spite of irresistible alpine distractions. With a good kick in the creative butt from a former professor, I wrote my first book in the late 90s, and with an ambitious head of steam, have released at least one book every year since, in addition to an armload of consumer magazine articles.
My home base is…..wherever I happen to be. I roam between, and write from, where my heart is, in places like Wisconsin’s woods, Colorado’s mountains, and southern California. Naturally, my outlets are active, and I am either on a hiking trail wearing a backpack, or on my bicycle, wearing Lycra. A part-time racer and otherwise crazy-for-it, if I have a spare hour or five, I am on my bike.
I'll be Out There, living life at a higher latitude.
on Nov. 25, 2015 :
First off I decided to buy this book after reading the sample because there wasn't any trace of "god" talk in it. One may do something epic on his own resources without calling for god at every step and turn but this is very uncommon in such books. Apparently, they have to teach you that god is so good that he's enabling someone to do something epic and the someone is doing nothing about it. Yeah, sure, the guy's legs are running thanks to god, right? Not muscle, glucose, etc...
But I was wrong, because as I purchased the book and read further than the sample god came out and in the silliest ways...it's raining, oh it's god that wants to punish me....no dammit it's just raining!!
Then I got very disappointed because this guy has Chrons' and he's eating junk all the time. On day 74 he sees blood in the bathroom and he wonders why...are we joking? I wouldn't survive 2 days on fast food and he's swallowing hamburgers laden with fat, wheat and food additives like they were spring water and he wonders why he's sick? Are you joking?
When he finally gets stomach cramps (after 76 days of fast food, dear, you've been very lucky or maybe you don't have Chron's at all) he says "I guess God wants to build my character again" no dear it's you, you have a problem and it's all in your head. It's neither in your stomach nor in your god, actually god is probably out laughing at how stupid you are.
Another point, I would have loved to know more of the planning, how is a runner managing marathons or ultramarathons for 100 days straight without a single day off. There is no information, not a supplement, just coffee and a sandwich for breakfast and two burgers with fries for dinner. Honest, I don't believe he did it. If he did it, he didn't do it the way he writes.
At page 100, 25 pages to the end I have had enough, I put the book down and label it as shit.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)