This story ctually begins with the Iditarod, a harsh cross-country race that people apparently undertake by bicycle, foot, sled, and eve other means of transportation.
Tha make you feelin of two things about thi author: She is driven beyond most people to endure incredible pain and harsh physical tests and still moves on, and she is unquestionably brave.The book, even, is about the Great Divide race which, obviously, is one of two mountain biking races that go from Canada and the U.S. respectively through to Mexico and seems to have been fully completed by a elatively small number of people.
Homer finally leaves him behind and, determined to do the GD race, sets out from Banff, Alberta on her mountain bike toward Mexico.To say that the " road " from Banff to the exican border ( much of which is through unmarked wilderness and requires climbing countless mountain peaks and passes in conditions ranging from deep snow, deep mud, thunder and lightening and what eemed like endless rain) is challenging is a gross understatement.
And to ay that Homer is a gir with guts and grit, and omeone who clearly can push herself physically through a lot of challenging physical and mental phases of such a race is also a gross understatement.
I appreciat her for all these guy and reading about it was amusing and as noted above, quick.As a memoir or a book about the tri, however, it as a superficial read that dwells pretty much on the details themselves -- where she rode, the conditions of paths, wilderness, roads ( when there were any), the terrain and the people she met along the pat.
I should neve figure out, though, what that ould only mean if she were able to regularly receive food, shelter, laundry, medicine, and other help from people along the way, while at the same time, when she joins a friend along the trail who offers her a soda, she finds him she ca n't brin it because she shoul be violating the self-support rules.