Across America by Bicycle

  • by Alice Honeywell, Bobbi Montgomery
  • Narrated by Rosemary Benson
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite listeners to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal along their 3,600-mile journey, they test and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, experience the vast and varied beauties of their country, and discover the challenges and satisfaction of a scaled-down lifestyle. And, they encounter unfailing generosity from people they meet - from the prayers of a North Dakota woman for their safekeeping, to the offer of a house in Michigan, to invitations for dinner and a place to sleep at stops all along the way. And there are incidents to laugh over, too, such as the bewildered woman who asked them, "Well, but where do you pack your dresses?"
Ride along with Alice and Bobbi as they embrace retirement with gusto and live their dream.


What the Critics Say

"A heartfelt account of crossing America on two wheels from a pair of gutsy women. Alice and Bobbi prove it's never too late to put a dream into high gear, to let the road reveal a country and the true meaning of friendship." (Joe Kurmaskie, author of Metal Cowboy)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Does EVERYBODY have to write a book???

Did Rosemary Benson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did a fine job of narrating.

Any additional comments?

Just because someone does something they are proud of or that others may wish they could do DOES NOT mean they should write a book about it! This book was SO BORING and literally there was not ONE MINUTE where I cared about what was happening. The book is split into sections describing each day and, as an example, by Day 5 (a full hour into the book) the only things that happened were 1) one of the ladies dropped her camera and they had to double back 5 miles and retrieve it and 2) the gear frame on one of the bikes came loose and made the ride a bit shaking for the rider until they made it into town and had it repaired. Unbelievably wasted time! The only reason I finished it was to see if ANYTHING happened to redeem the story...nothing did. I admire them for making the trip and achieving their goals but, again, a book was not required.

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- GermCrazy "I like books about business, self-improvement & memoirs with the occasional fiction book thrown in, especially horror & mystery."

unfortunately bland

Sadly, the narration by Rosemary Benson makes this milquetoast tale of two mid-western retirees crossing America by bicycle almost unbearable. The writing is clear and capable, but rather bland. But the reader sounds as if she is talking to children who can't speak English. Just awful. I believe a print copy of the book would deliver much more satisfaction.
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- J. Guggina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2013
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks