Traveling over 4,000 miles across the western United States and Canada, the author records conversations with his only companion: his bicycle. He travels west across Nebraska's sea of corn, to the Grand Tetons, through Yellowstone, and north to Glacier National Park. From there he continues to Banff, Canada and the Ice Field Parkway before turning southwest to Vancouver. Crossing by ferry to Vancouver Island and then to Washington's Olympic peninsula, he reaches the Pacific and turns back east to Seattle, the Cascades, and finally to Glacier where his trip ends. During the average 400 miles a week he rides, he records his talks on America, art, literature, his life, his bike, the people he meets, and the places he encounters. He wakes up in a heard of Elk, avoids forest fires in Kamloops, breaks down in Seattle, crashes after too many pints in Waterton Lakes, and nearly meets his end in a multi-car accident in rural Montana. From the sublime to the banal, this transcription of the recorded journal of a young cancer survivor's ten week cycling trip is raw and open. It's just what the bike heard.
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Scott grew up in the small town of Wilmington, Vermont. In 1984 he started attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, and after two years he took time off to hike the Appalachian Trail alone for two months. He earned a BA in English Literature and Humanities in 1989. He began riding and racing mountain bikes in 1988. In January 1990 he began a Masters program in Humanities at USF earning his MLA in 1992. In the fall of 1990 he was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to undergo surgery in November of that year, losing one of his kidneys, part of his large and small intestine, and cecum. After radiation treatments he hitch hiked around Europe and worked on the adventure staff of an Adirondack children's summer camp in 1991. In 1993 he began his PhD. in Comparative Arts at Ohio University, completing the degree in 1999. In the summer of 1994 he rode his bike alone for 10 weeks and over 4,000 miles across the western United States and Canada. He went on to teach at universities and colleges in Missouri (1996), Istanbul, Turkey (1997-1999), and Chicago (2003-2008). He's raced road and mountain bikes in the US and abroad for domestic club teams and Fox Racing. In 2004 he was 15th in the Master's Mountain Bike World Championships. Scott has traveled in 12 countries and lived in five. He has owed bike shops and a sports event management company in Turkey. Married in 2000, he and his wife live in Cyprus where they teach in a university. Scott publishes and writes both academic and literary works. He rides his bike almost every day.
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