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What lessons could you learn from a once in a lifetime adventure?

In 2010, research scientist and entrepreneur Ran Zilca left his home in New York on a motorcycle, bound for California in search of answers to questions he did not even realize he had. During the soul-seeking 34 days that followed, he rode solo through the back roads, mountains, cities, and heart of the Unite
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 2016 (first published December 8th 2014)
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Yodamom
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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What a dream trip this man took. I admit to being envious. The solitude, peace and loneliness that comes with being on your own after so many years of life's crowded ways. The world has become so busy and we have easily fallen into it's chaos. Imagine taking time to just go on quest across the country on a motorcycle that you couldn't even drive a few weeks ago. Taking time to meet with strangers, leaders in positive phycology, spiritual leaders and your own soul. Just imagine the person you wou ...more
Randal White
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
If Only I Had The Courage! I really enjoyed this book, and wish that I had the courage to take up and go like the author did. Traveling cross-country, using the long hours on the road to just meditate on life and what is really important. And to supplement the journey with side trips to visit and pick the brains of other philosophers and "spiritual" people. Who knows, maybe someday?
Ken Dickson
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Ride forever changed the lens through which I see the world…” Ran Zilca

A few weeks ago, I had never heard of Ran Zilca, Nevertheless, when I learned of his nearly 6000-mile solo motorcycle journey from New York to San Francisco and then to San Diego, I was all ears. I had recently completed my own solo motorcycle trip and could not wait to read about his experiences.

Ran had spent a lifetime dreaming of such a ride and not one moment chasing that dream. That all changed when he decided to te
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Jacques Coulardeau
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One more of these books about a ride across and around the USA looking for some kind of epiphany, revelation, enlightenment that comes from easy-going and free-wheeling enjoyment of a trip that has no problem since you are running on a very expensive motorbike, with a very comfortable bank account and a credit card, and with a full family in the back that can always run to you if by any chance you end up in a hospital, or even a cemetery or a morgue. There is
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review
Title: Ride of your life: coast-to-coast guide to finding inner peace
Author: Ran Zilca
Genre: Non-fiction/Autobiographical
Rating: ****
Review: The forward by Phil Zimbardo was very inspiring, he describes Ran Zilca as an everyday hero as he was someone special, someone that refused to let his environment fringe what he was do and began going again the socially accepted flow. While only a few pages into the book I was extremely eager to hear more about Ran and learn more of his journey a
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Scott Morrison
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a motorcycle book!

Great book about finding your inner self. Good read for understanding mid life crisis and why some men go on a self awareness ride.
Jeff Maziarek
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really appealed to me because not only am I an avid reader of books related to spirituality and personal growth, but I've also owned a motorcycle for 30 years. As a motorcycle rider I found the author's description of his day-to-day experiences on this coast-to-coast motorcycle trip to be very interesting, but more importantly, the life advice he received from both scientists and spiritual/personal growth teachers and/or authors was both insightful and very practical. I found this pass ...more
Mellissa
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a ride.
Judy Krings
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ran Zilca's book oozes humanity. "Ride of Your Life" gifts you with thought-provoking passion and a scientific-based path to positivity. You feel his trials and tribulations and share his high-five moments as if you were there riding along side of him. I particularly loved the meaty chapters from three of my renowned positive psychology heroes and researchers, and my former coach trainers, Caroline Adams Miller, Barbara Fredrickson, and Sonja Lyubomirsky. That he scored these thought-leaders in ...more
Jen Gilbert
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has the potential to be a game changer for people. I felt so inspired as I read it. Zilca's words alternate between striking a profound chord interspersed with real humanity. I laughed at times. I marked the page to return to at times. And all in all I found it to contain real depth in a style that was easy to read. I learned and grew as a person without realizing it since the book was so enjoyable.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I work for the publisher of this book. This did not i
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Hollie Bell-Schinzing
I really enjoyed this book.
Lori
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully written quick read that documents Ran's solo motorcycle journey across the USA. The book reminds us of the importance of facing our fears, living in the moment, and finding happiness. I especially love how Ran has interwoven his daily road experiences with insightful interviews with thought leaders. This book was truly a delight to read!
Terry Graap
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it immensely. The travels of a lone motorcycle rider from the East Coast to the West Coast. Stops on the way to talk to psychologists and philosophers. A tremendous read. Thanks, Ron Zilca.
Janie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I am glad I did!!! It is an inspirational story about the cross country journey of a lone motorcycle rider. He stops along the way to talk to inspirational guests and philosophers who inspire him as well. I love that the author gives us bullet points in each visit with these people of things that he learned from each of them. This provides a nice way to come back to each chapter and reread these points for enlightenment. Thank you Goodreads for th ...more
Larry
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure to read this mans experience as a first time rider on such a good long trip across the U.S. he describes the experience well down to the smallest details, he’s honest and truthful and shares his intimate thoughts with the reader. Highly philosophical about life and connecting with his highly educated famous friends who are filled with wisdom.
Bravo.. I would suggest doing the ride again with an altered route, make it a round trip with camping. Three main daily thoughts on a ride like
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Wendy Booker
It’s the male Eat Pray Love. I did like some of the bulleted summaries from the interviews. But I didn’t really feel the transformation or find it relatable.
Michele Bell
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for this giveaway, I enjoyed this easy read book. It was full of insight and meaning.
Etta
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a combination travelogue and self help review. The author, like many, seemingly had it all - beautiful family, successful career, nice home, good health - but felt that something was missing. He decided to resurrect a childhood dream of motorcycling across the country.

He made the trip in about 5 weeks, chronicling the daily activities, feelings, and people he interacted with. He also stopped along the way to interview a variety of professionals dedicated to the study of happiness
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Charlotte Klein
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I want to preface by saying two things:

1) I received this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way

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2) In high school I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"--I only liked the Zen parts of this book.

That said... This was an enjoyable quick read and there are a lot of things about this book that I really loved: the author's self-awareness and deep desire for enlightenment. His loving family who accepted and supported his que
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Ran Zilca is a research scientist, technology entrepreneur, and certified personal coach, who pioneered the use of mobile devices to deliver programs of positive personal transformation.

With a combination of psychological research and computer science, Ran’s companies develop innovative programs of personal growth and have worked closely with partners like Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey. His rese
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