BOOK REVIEW: The Buddha and the Bee by Cory Mortensen
Planning is for sissies. A solo bike ride across the country will be
filled with sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and 80 degree temps every
day, right? Not so much. The Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, an alkaline
desert, and the Sierra Nevadas lay miles and days ahead. Disappointment
with unrealized potential, and the thirst for what’s next drew farther
away in the rotating wide-angle shockproof convex rear-view mirror.
I will ride my bike down a never-ending ribbon of asphalt wearing a backpack.
Cory Mortensen began his bike ride across the United States from Chaska, Minnesota, to Truckee, California, without a route, a timeline, or proper equipment. Along the way, he gained more than technical skills required for a ride that would test every fiber of his physical being and mental toughness. Ride along as he meets “unusual” characters, dangerous animals, and sweet little old ladies with a serious vendetta for strangers in their town.
Humor ■ Insight ■ Adventure ■ Gratitude ■ Peace
From long stretches of road ending in a vanishing point at the distant horizon, to stunning vistas, terrifying close calls, grueling conditions, failed equipment, and joyous milestones he stayed the course and gained an appreciation for the beauty of the land, the genius of engineering and marvel of nature.
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