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A Dream Worth Living: Finding Strength in the Depths of Struggle Along the Continental Divide

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“This is why we ride the Tour Divide. In the span of a few hours, you can go from the brink of exhaustion in the worst possible conditions to an explosion of sunshine, amazing people, and breathtaking scenery.”

On Friday the 13th, under a full moon and falling rain, Andy Amick completed the first day of the 2014 Tour Divide race. Even with a year of training and preparati
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Pale Spruce
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Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
OK, I am super biased as this is my husband's book! This memoir chronicles his 2014 Tour Divide Race - 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico (at the US/Mexico border). The chapters alternate between the actual ride and his life-long journey to get to that point.

If you enjoy adventure memoirs, cycling, or outdoor adventures, this book will be right up your alley.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a great, and insightful book. I've known Andy for several years, have ridden with him lots, and even ridden NUMB with him several times and knowing how I feel after only 5 consecutive days of being on a bike and sleeping in a tent, this book really opens your eyes. You get to experience all of the emotions that a rider like Andy will experience on a once in a life time journey. I am thankful to Andy for having put pen to paper on this one. My hat is off to anyone who does ...more
Brion Antinoro
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I feel compelled to disclose that I played a small part in Andy's journey and consider him one of my closest friends. His book is very well written and edited (excellent work Kristi). Andy's wit and insight about life give his story a very relatable feel. You don't need to be a cyclist to share in his experiences and gain inspiration from his adventure. I found myself really liking they way he structured the book with chapters switching back and forth b ...more
Scott E. Mato
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Andy takes us along on his divide ride. His writing conveys how it feels physically, emotionally and psychologically to ride hour after hour, day and night after day and night with minimal sleep. He's sustained by whatever food and beverages are available along the way, spectacular views, personal epiphanies, random acts kindness from trail angels and occasional phone calls to his family. Andy doesn't whine about it. He sets aside significant physical pain and discomfort and repeatedly harsh con ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being an active backpacker and hiker this book hit on so many of my own encounters but on a much smaller scale. The book's description of having to deal with the daily feelings of just trying to continue and go one more mile is real to the reader. This book is a person's journey of going to the end of his strength and then rising up and being determined to compete the task that is before him. Andy's book is a great read for anyone that is an adventurer and has dreams of their own of being able o ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Book Worth Reading

This story of one man's participation in the Tour Divide has a lot in common with Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, in that the book is partly a straightforward story about a mental and physical trial. But, for both books, there is another layer of meaning in the choices that lead into and out of those trials. Just as each of these two authors got something different out of their challenges, I'm sure each reader will take away a different message for themselves.
Alan Howe
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book engaged me as a Bike rider. It was a race and event I was not aware of. The struggle and joys were real.
Marty Nicholas
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I've fallen into cycling the Great Divide trail. This one is a good one. More on the ride, less on the inner demons.
Russ Churchill
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Great adventure and great read. This is one of those rides that is definitely on my bucket list. Would recommend to anyone who loves bikes and the outdoors.
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