Racing Light - the Soft Power of a Day's Walk

 
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Racing Light tells about events which inspire us to surpass all expectations.

Four long hikes, 180 days, 9,886,500 footsteps, 12 pairs of shoes, 470 photographs, a glimpse of enlightenment, and a taste of immortality. Willdlife encounters, angels, demons, mean streets, and signs in the sky. Injury, illness, and healing.
All this began when Trica asked Charlie to walk her dog Stella. Nobody dreamed that he would later complete a solitary walk of the North American east coast. Nobody except, perhaps, for Stella. Find out what inspired this ordinary walker, and imagine your own dreams emerging, step by step.
Feel the exhilaration, the drudgery, and inevitability of this remarkable long walk, as presented in the Photo-Diary format specially developed for this book.

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About the Author:

Charlie Duane works as a graphic artist. He studied under Harry Nadler at Wesleyan University and Mario Carmosino at Butera School of Art. His paintings and murals decorate the public halls of his New England town. He has written and illustrated over 70 articles, primarily for Signs of the Times magazine. Charlie's photographic study of the Milanese canals resides in the collection of the Biblioteca d Arte at the Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy, and the Raccolta Vinciana has published his research on Leonardo Da Vinci s ties to those canals. His photography of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is preserved in the National Archives. The photographs were also purchased as gifts for Commission Senators, the White House, and the Royal House of the Netherlands. Charlie's supergraphics have decorated several America's Cup boats and many other large sailboats. His graphics for the Brown University womens racing shells were displayed by the Smithsonian Institution in New York.

Review:

Long-distance hiking is a physical test for the body, but it is also a test for the mind and spirit. Linguini's book defines this journey of the mind.
Dick Nopack Anderson, Founder, International Appalachian Trail; President, Maine Chapter

There are four good books here in one... I have always thought that the cure to a lot of human illness lies in the body of a backpacker... You have pointed out with photographs way more than you could say with words.
Aaron Twofiddy Sworden, Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, 2003 Founder, hikersupply.com

A great book, filled with a wealth of information for those who have hiked the trails, as well as those who harbor the Dream. Linguini recreates the Trail experience in a meaningful, masterful way. I only wish his book had been available before I undertook my first Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Definitely a winner!
J.R. Model-T Tate, 4-time Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker; Author, Walking on the Happy Side of Misery, Walking with the Ghost Whisperers

A tale of encouragement and of illumination!
Robert Red Wolf o' da Smokey's Croyle, Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, 1971

I enjoyed reading your book. You had some perspectives that were very unique. Keep movin' Linguini!
Dr. David Horton, The Runner; Professor of Health Sciences & Kinesiology, Liberty University: Established time records for the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail

Your photo-journal is great. I think it worked out real well. Am proud of my copy. I am an Eagle Scout, too.
Gene Espy, The second Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, 1951

Relax and enjoy hiking and traveling with 'Linguini.' I know I did when he afforded me the opportunity to review his manuscript.
John H. Shaffer, brother of Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker --Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

My first impression when meeting Charles 'Linguini' Duane was that he reminded me of my brother Earl in many ways. Slender, not a towering giant but rugged and determined. Earl always did say that hikers were surprised many times when they met him to find a person of ordinary build, not a muscular hulk. Long-distance hikers need to be wiry and tough but not necessarily huge and domineering. I think the reader will find this book interesting from the standpoint of presentation of the four separate hikes described in detail with photos and reflections along the way.

Racing Light immediately brings to mind a speedy trip, however as you venture further into the book, the idea of traveling light as Earl did on all his hikes begins to shine through. The big difference is Charles used modern fabrics and more unique camping items than Earl, which afforded him very light loads with more comfort than Earl allowed himself.

The Photo-Diary format is a new twist. The phrase 'A picture is worth a thousand words' rings true and is a pleasant change from many of the books on scenic trails available today. I'm sure Earl would be pleased to see so many photographs along the various Trails. Earl had the foresight to use color film for his slides so that much of the beauty is preserved. In the late 1940's color film was scarce. Black and white pictures can also be exciting, it just takes a little more care in selecting and presenting the subjects.

Relax and enjoy hiking and traveling with 'Linguini.' I know I did when he afforded me the opportunity to review his manuscript. --John H. Shaffer, brother of Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker

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