The Road Headed West: A 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America by Leon McCarronThe Road Headed West: A 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America by Leon McCarron

The Road Headed West: A 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America

byLeon McCarron

Hardcover | July 14, 2015

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What happens when you swap the nine-to-five for two wheels and a journey of a lifetime?

Terrified of the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or excitement, Leon takes off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense.

Over five months and 6000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornados, swollen river crossings, wild roaming buffalo and one hungry black bear along the way. But he also met kind strangers, who offered their food, wisdom, hospitality and even the occasional local history lesson, and learned what happens when you take a chance and follow the scent of adventure.

With a sharp eye and a genuine go-where-the-wind-takes-me attitude, McCarron makes for an ideal guide on this cycling adventure. He passes through small towns, rolls up and flies down the winding roads of the Blacks Hills is taken in and fed by strangers, all on a quest to discover the “real” America, and in the process, learn a little about himself.

Funny, insightful, and full of life, The Road Headed West will inspire readers to chase their dreams and go off in search of adventure.
Leon McCarron is an adventurer, filmmaker and motivational speaker specializing in long-distance, human-powered expeditions. In recent years he has cycled around the world, walked 3,000 miles across China and trekked 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert on the planet.
Title:The Road Headed West: A 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:July 14, 2015Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632206447

ISBN - 13:9781632206442


Editorial Reviews

"McCarron’s engaging odyssey reveals that 'travel only teaches you how much you don’t know.' For wanderlusters of all ages." —Booklist"Thoughtful and insightful.... Don't even think twice about buying this book. Buy it now." —Library Journal"Will inspire you to chase your bicycle adventure dreams across the long highways and epic mountains of America." —Rob Lilwall, author of Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia“Fast-paced, funny and introspective.” —Adventure Travel Magazine“A witty and charming adventure that will be loved by all, except maybe if you are from Iowa!” —Mark Beaumont, author of The Man Who Cycled the World“A wonderful rite-of-passage journey; one that shows what exciting experiences can lie in wait if you choose to set off in search of adventure.” —Alastair Humphreys, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2012“Leon McCarron makes for a very likable Irishman on a bike. On his roaming-wherever-the-fancy-takes ride he sheds the weight of his worries.” —Josie Dew, cyclist and author"McCarron is great company, amusing and wise beyond his years (yet still retaining the wide-eyed nature of youth)" —220 Triathlon Magazine Website"The result is both inspiring and frequently funny." —Outdoor Fitness, August 2014 issue