This Road I Ride

This Road I Ride

Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself

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Juliana Buhring had been mired in a dark hole of depression after the death of a man she loved, and when an acquaintance suggested they honor his memory by biking across Canada, she thought, "Canada? Why not the world?" And why not alone.She had never seriously ridden a bicycle before. She had no athletic experience or corporate sponsorship, but with just eight months of preparation, Juliana Buhring departed from Naples, Italy, in July 2012 aiming to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. She set out believing she might not ever return, but that she had nothing to lose. Over 152 days, Juliana's ride spanned four continents and 18,060 miles. She traversed small-town and big-mountain America, Australian desert expanses, South Asian rainforests and villages, and Turkish plains. She suffered innumerable breakdowns, severe food poisoning, hostile pursuers, and the international longing for a good Italian espresso. When she crossed the finish line into Naples before the end of the year, she officially became the fastest woman to cycle the world (beating prior men's records, to boot).Accomplishing what she never thought she could, buoyed by the outpouring of support from friends and strangers, Juliana rediscovered herself. In the process she proved that there are no extraordinary people--there are only people who decide to do extraordinary things.
Publisher: New York, NY :, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393292558
Branch Call Number: ANF 796.6 BUH
Characteristics: x, 228 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm

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tscpl_JennyJ Feb 13, 2017

Incredible story...incredible stamina...riding over 100 miles per day...most every day.
My dream....someday!

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Zaelia
Nov 01, 2016

Okay, I'll admit, at first I was a little "meh," and if I'm honest it was because I wanted more in the way of description of what Juliana was experiencing. For me, cycling is in a big way a sensory experience, and so I was hoping to be transported to the scene I was reading about. To see it. To hear it. To smell it. Also, to hear the author's thoughts of what she was encountering. Juliana's story captivated me from the start - it was obvious she's a thoughtful, reflective, philosophical sort, though understandably she also came across as guarded. Someone who has had very painful experiences. At times I identified so much with her thoughts and experiences it felt like I'd met a kindred spirit in these pages

As the journey unfolded and I became more acquainted with Juliana, I discovered I had let go of my expectations and was simply in the moment and wanted to see where things were going. If the author had written a more detailed account of her experience it could easily have become an 800+ page tomb, and that might have been excellent, but the 224-page book that was produced echoed the experience of pushing the pedals of life - everything is transitory - and through the overwhelming amounts of information we process daily, the moments and experiences with people and places, moments alone, our inward reflections and our outward observations, the joy, the hardship, the sadness, the seesawing doubt and determination, the ups and downs, the driving rain, the excruciating heat or the piercing cold, the reality of our impermanence - it cut to the quick but didn't leave out the human touch. In the end, I was transported by Juliana's story. Maybe not in the way I thought I'd have liked, but like the hard experiences of life what would I have gained if I just got what I expected?

To be fair, the author shared more of herself than most people do with the people they are most intimate with. How many of us could do that, never mind ride 18,060 miles spanning four continents in over 152 days and set the Guinness record as the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle!

I dog-eared and copied many passages from this book. Passages that spoke to me - either reflecting my own thoughts and experiences but saying it in a way I've never managed or something new that moved me and that I want to ponder personally a little more. An inspiring read for sure.

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stefhollmichel
Jul 08, 2016

An inspiring read!

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