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Don't bother with this one...
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
I wish so badly that I had read these reviews before I shelled out money for this book. Early on he says he was told that this was HIS trip and he can do it any way he wants and if he takes a bus, boat, taxi, etc., it’s not cheating. I agree that he should do the trip any way he wants, HOWEVER, when your book jacket says that you cycled from Oregon to Patagonia, that’s what I want to read about. Adventure, hardships, overcoming difficult situations, perseverance, enlightenment, etc.
Jed’s journey was far less noteworthy when you read that he seemed to always be on a bus, Uber, taxi, hitchhiking, boats, etc. He was rarely without cell service and access to social media, even launched a Kickstarter campaign that at last check was over $42,000.00!
Jed spent weeks at a time relaxing in cities, questing for the perfect cup of coffee and probably overstaying his welcome at the various generous hosts who opened their doors to him and one begins to realize that this was just a vacation with some cycling involved and not an epic journey AND he even found a way for others to pay for it!
His flight home for the holidays mid trip set him back time-wise and he even skipped a couple of countries altogether because of it. I mean WOW! How does one claim to have made a trek from Oregon to Patagonia, when you skip very large portions of it entirely?
Jed seemed to be in “whine mode” for the parts of the trip he actually did and he constantly dogged on Weston, his riding partner, who I thought was a FAR more interesting character than Jed.
I’m glad Jed came to terms with his sexuality, but he devoted WAAAY too much time to the subject in the book, as he did in the chapter where he summarized, at nauseam, his father’s romantic and marital history.
If you want to read a book about adventure and an epic journey, choose another read or wait until Weston writes his account of the journey.
This book was about as interesting as watching my uncle’s vacation slides of his trip to Muncie…