FACING SUNSET: 3800 SOLO MILES; A WOMAN'S JOURNEY BACK AND FORWARD
FACING SUNSET: 3800 SOLO MILES; A WOMAN'S JOURNEY BACK AND FORWARD
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FACING SUNSET: 3800 SOLO MILES; A WOMAN'S JOURNEY BACK AND FORWARD

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Author: brehler, patti

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 429

Release Date: 28-04-2021

Details: Product Description Facing Sunset tells a coming-of-a-certain-age memoir framed within sixty-year-old patti brehler’s 2016 bicycle tour between her home in northeastern Michigan and Missoula, Montana.Forty years earlier, patti was one of more than 4000 bicyclists participating in Bikecentennial ’76, a transcontinental ride honoring our nation’s 200th birthday. How cool to cycle to Missoula for the ride’s anniversary party—while she still could?More than a bicycle travelogue, Facing Sunset reflects on a rebellious, pioneering life; affirms what a woman can accomplish against physical and metaphorical headwinds; and witnesses the people populating our vast and wondrous country. The author traces how a lifelong dream brought her to the right place in her life, “facing sunset,” even as the reality of riding her “own ride” wasn’t quite what she expected.Interested in a first-hand experience pedaling across the country without actually sweating? Sit with patti on her comfortable recumbent bicycle. Meet headwinds, heat, arduous climbs, thrilling downhills, otherworldly landscapes, and synchronistic encounters. Interactions with strangers show hope for humanity. Struggle with her as she comes to terms with her place in the universe.“I hover among stars at the brink of earth and water, existing in human form this brief moment of time, occupying a nano-space of no consequence, at once all and nothing,” she writes her first night out. Her way of being in the moment and trusting herself is an inspiration to anyone trying to find their own, particular way through life. Review Moving, powerful, and deeply personal, Facing Sunset is Patti Brehler's portrait of a life well-lived. A tapestry of her interwoven physical, spiritual, and emotional journeys-pursued both literally and metaphorically on her bicycle-Patti delivers a work of deep introspection and joyful inspiration...Life is beautiful. -Dr. Heather Neff, author A woman who's made peace with headwinds...When I met Patti on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in 1976, she had tireless legs, a strong will masked by a disarming smile, and a contagious yen for adventure. Four decades later, Facing Sunset reveals that...her most inspiring attribute is perspective. - Rich Landers, author Patti's book reminds us of the goodness of people and the love that abounds. Her openness to be ready for an adventure will leave you inspired and wondering what you can do. Her feat...reminded me to listen and follow my heart. - Becky Andrews, author A courageous story...from the intimate details of Patti's early life to the challenges of cycling the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the forests of the Upper Midwest. A must-read for anyone planning a long-distance bicycle tour, as well as a great adventure story for armchair travelers. - Robert Downes, author About the Author Facing Sunset, 3800 solo miles, a woman's journey back and forward, is patti brehler's first book. She retired as a freelance writer, photographer, and editor of a small-town newspaper to write her memoir. One of the thirty-three contributors to What She Wrote, An Anthology of Women's Voices (published in 2020), she has essays published in the Massage Therapy Journal and the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. A lifelong love affair with the bicycle led patti to pedal across the United States three times, with many shorter, self-supported tours. During the 1980s, she competed in ultra-marathon bicycling events, setting a twenty-four-hour tandem road record with another woman. They were the first woman's tandem team to complete Paris-Brest-Paris, the oldest, long-distance ride in the world. For years, patti lived without a car. She commuted by bicycle year-round to her job as a journeyman machinist. Her other careers include training coordinator in an aerospace manufacturing company, massage therapist, adventure coach, dog trainer, service technician, and a short stint as a freight railroad conductor. Af

EAN: 9781735338767

Package Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 1.0 inches

Languages: English