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Bicycle commuting, bicycle touring, bicycle racing; bicycle ADVENTURING.
To the grocery store, up a mountain, across the country or to the finish line--
it's all an adventure.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Book Review: Ghost Trails, Journeys through a lifetime; By Jill Homer

Men in oil-stained Carhartt jackets and shiny snowmobile suits crowded around the counter, filling half the building with traditional Alaskan values and amused facial expressions. On the other side of the bar, which was set up restaurant style, were table after table of Europeans in down jackets and ski boots, skinny cyclists in knee-high overboots and lycra-clad runners wearing sneakers when it was 20 degrees outside.
Ghost Trails, Journeys through a lifetime is not just Jill Homer's account of the 2008 Iditarod Trail Invitational. 
“If my daughter wanted to do that, ride a bike across the tundra,” the man said as he nudged another guy sitting next to him, “I’d kill her. I would. It would be a less painful way to die.” His friend laughed.
It's a story of a young woman..
Something broke. I broke. I fell off my bike a final time, knelt into the snow, and just sat there.
breaking herself
“Cause, you know, money really doesn’t matter,” Geoff said. “You don’t need a whole lot for food and shelter. You can eat grilled cheese and sleep in a tent.”
“I don’t like grilled cheese.”
and figuring out what she wants from life. 

Homer is a "suburban Utah girl," who is honest about her weaknesses and questions herself frequently. Nestled between each chapter on the Iditarod trail, Homer shares a story from her younger years. These stories build the foundation for how she came to pedal the Iditarod, not just literally or physically, but emotionally and perhaps spiritually. When we do share the trail with Homer, we see a human portrait without pretense. 

I recommend this book not only to those interested in ultra racing and adventure, but those open to asking the bigger questions about where their life is going and how to savor it.
“Hippy Lady! Hippy Lady!”It took me a moment to realize that I was the one she was calling Hippy Lady. This girl, who just a few years earlier I would have considered my peer, was calling me Hippy Lady.
Visit Jill Homer's website to read her blog and buy her book!


cyclingred said...

I have been thinking about reading this book. But I have a general rule of not buying books. :( I try to get them from the library. it may not be possible with this one. Maybe I should buy it and donate it to the library when I am done with it.

RJ said...

Well, think of it this way-- if you buy this book, you'll be funding a young woman living out her dreams. Not someone getting rich quick off of Obama's inauguration, if you know what I mean.

The book is also available to purchase at half price as a download or 'e-book', but I think donating it to the library is an awesome idea!!

t is certainly a book that I will remember.

cyclingred said...

My opposition to buying books has nothing with the writers making money. It has everything to do with accumulation. One day I realized that I just plain had too many books in the house.

So now I buy very few books. But I will admit that the few books to do actually buy are about bicycling trips and touring.

RJ said...

Ha! Then this book will fit right in. :)

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