Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America

By Brian Benson

Brian has one million imprecise lifestyles plans yet 0 feel of path. So while he meets Rachel, a self-possessed girl who daydreams of bicycling around the States, he comes to a decision to keep on with her anyplace she'll take him. Brian and Rachel quickly embark on a trip from northern Wisconsin to someplace West, infatuated with the promise of event and every different. yet because the pair development from the Northwoods into the awful western plains, they start to find the messy realities of lifestyles at the street. Mile by way of mile, they cope with cruel winds and brutal warmth, damaged motorcycles and our bodies, one another and themselves—and the looming query of what comes subsequent. informed in a voice "as hilarious because it is smart" (Cheryl Strayed), Going Somewhere is a candid story of the fight to maneuver ahead.

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Rachel had snuck up beside me back. “Wanna play twenty questions? ” “Okay,” I heard myself say. It took me a second to get into it, and out of my head, yet quickly adequate i used to be pondering no longer of 11 or fourteen yet of “is it fit for human consumption? ” I beautiful quick guessed Rachel’s subject—Nutty Bars—and she in flip received my Lake better with a number of inquiries to spare, and after a number of extra rounds, we switched to this video game the place one among us may identify a urban and the opposite could come again with one other urban whose identify begun with the final letter of the single simply named.

She became again to Andrew. “Right? ” He regarded us over, pursing his lips and squinting, as though trying to find facts. Then he sat again and folded his palms. “Yep, they’re fresh. ” similar to that, where was once ours. And as though the home wasn’t sufficient, Jennifer provided to depart the keys to their truck, so I wouldn’t need to motorbike to the health center. i used to be struck by means of their belief, via how simply they provided their house, by way of how a lot that they had to provide. I marveled on the half-dozen guitars and banjos and mandolins, the jam-packed spice rack, the teeming bookshelves, the half-finished advertisement kitchen the place they’d do their lacto-ferma-fuck-if-I-could-remember.

Again in Whitefish, we’d known as Galen and at last made plans to fulfill. In 4 days, we have been to be in Moscow, Idaho, a few 252 miles to the southwest. Even with out a northerly dogleg, we’d have to push it to reach on time. close to the intersection used to be a relaxation region with bogs and a pavilion break up into 4 walls, each one with its personal picnic desk. Rachel desired to camp there, as the mild used to be dusky, and it were this kind of great day, and why take probabilities? i needed to press on, as the mild was once dusky, and it have been this kind of great day, so let’s take percentages.

Probably what i needed, quite, used to be to maintain relocating, perpetually, with the intention to stay away from comparisons with Anna and Galen and everybody else who doing greater, extra precious issues. I truthfully didn’t recognize. Rachel stirred beside me, and that i rolled over. Her eyelids have been nonetheless stuttering, her hand mendacity the place I’d left it. back I took carry and waited for her to wake. • • •  We have been aiming to experience 100 miles that day—Rachel had made plans to fulfill a few associates at a park close to Walla Walla—so we have been at the circulation via 8, pedaling west on a separated motorcycle course that minimize immediately throughout the Palouse.

Then the bookshelf. Closed my eyes. those 4 days in Moscow were sufficient to ring a bell in me that i used to be incapable of ignoring the existential historical past noise. might be what i needed, rather, was once to maintain relocating, ceaselessly, in order to stay away from comparisons with Anna and Galen and everybody else who looked to be doing higher, extra priceless issues. I in truth didn’t recognize. Rachel stirred beside me, and that i rolled over. Her eyelids have been nonetheless stuttering, her hand mendacity the place I’d left it. back I took carry and waited for her to wake.

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