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The First Big Ride: A Woman's Journey

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The First Big Ride": A Woman's Journey, by Eloise Hanner, is the story of the first Big Ride across America from Seattle to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1998. This is not the story of an athletic event so much as it is an inspiration for everyone who sits at a desk and wonders if the time for adventure has passed them by."
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 20th 2000 by Cumberland House Publishing (first published August 2000)
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Jul 17, 2012 PJ rated it it was amazing
One true ruler by which to measure a book is how you feel when you've finished reading it.
When I finished "The First Big Ride" I felt happy. That's always a good sign. I also felt satisfied that the person I just "met" (through her writing) was a real and genuine person. That helps.

This book covers the cross country bicycle ride (for charity) of the author and her husband.

It's written in very readable passages ( not at all journal-entry like ).

We join the author at the beginning of her adventure
Jan 02, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people thinking about riding their bike across the country
A pretty complete description of her training and experience, The First Big Ride gives Eloise Hanner's non-cyclist account of her ride from Seattle to DC.

I got a little tired of the "we arrived at the diner and there were hundreds of bikes outside and not a seat in the house" experiences that are recounted in several small towns across america. But overall a pretty good quick read.
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I was raised in the small town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho. In my senior year, I married Chuck Hanner and together we decided the best thing to do after graduation was to join the Peace Corps--and off we went to Afghanistan. Those adventures became my book "Letters from Afghanistan" written from diaries and letters some thirty years later. We did another ...more
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