Lamb, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times gave himself a 54th birthday present--a trip across America at ten miles an hour. His journey carried him from his home in Washington, D.C., all the way to the pier in Santa Monica, California. The result is a highly personal account about the people he meets and of coming to grips with ...
Lamb, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times gave himself a 54th birthday present--a trip across America at ten miles an hour. His journey carried him from his home in Washington, D.C., all the way to the pier in Santa Monica, California. The result is a highly personal account about the people he meets and of coming to grips with middle age.
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A fairly easy read, but very enjoyable. If you have ever tried to negotiate a city street. rode for more than ten miles on a country lane, or tried to climb a moraine or small hill on a bike then you can relate. In fact, this book is not for the super athlete, but for those that have to accomplish good things by breaking them in to small tasks.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-19 As he cycled from his home in Virginia to Santa Monica, Calif., the 54-year-old author, a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, discerned a corollary between writing and his attempt to complete this feat: in both you are intimidated at the start, eventually a rhythm sets in, you perform every day and, in due course, you get there. And it's the getting there, the focus on reaching the destination, that preoccupies Lamb here-which, given his writing skills but neglected powers of observation, ultimately makes his account tedious. We learn about his developing stamina, daily progress, road and weather conditions, nightly chores of laundry, servicing his bike, updating his journal and writing freelance pieces, but we get little of the look or feel of the townscape. Lamb eschews wandering, engages in few conversations despite his periods of loneliness. He finds the heartland to be inherently polite, although people are troubled about "meanness in the land.'' As a test of self, the trip-two months and 3012 miles-was a superb success. As a book. it's not. (May)
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