To Get to the Other Side
Mind and muscle discover the human and natural contours of the United States
by Tom Yuska
About the Book
Though many traverse the entire United States in hours or days by plane, train or car, what is it like to go coast-to-coast at human-powered speed, totally exposed and connected to the land and people? To Get to the Other Side describes that experience, chronicling a 3-month, 4,700-mile self-supported bicycle tour following the TransAmerica Trail, an Oregon-to-Virginia route conceived to celebrate America's Bicentennial. Although author Tom Yuska traveled a well-charted course, the factor of time, the vagaries of weather and people and the undulations of topography formed a situational gene pool that constantly recombined to create stimulating and memorable experiences. His daily account of the tour weaves a linear, cohesive perspective on travel with glimpses into the histories of the mostly small-print towns along the Trail. Some feel that travel is exhausting, taking more from you than you get in return. In To Get to the Other Side, the author presents a contrary experience—an advantageous barter of mind and body effort in return for an unpackaged, unmediated immersion into America. Extensive full-color photos and key elevation charts deepen the sense of this journey.