The Road Taken:

The Remarkable Story of a Transcontinental Bicycle Odyssey


Bryan Simmons, Stig Regli, and Bill Jackson








About The Road Taken

Rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure as you ride across the United States along with Bryan, Stig, Bill, Hal, and Vaughn. Rediscover the hospitality of strangers. Remember the joy of overcoming your own self-doubts and proving your mettle to those who say you don't have what it takes. Revisit the natural beauty of America from the seat of a bicycle and rekindle your sense of wonder.

In 1972, five college graduates set out on a remarkable transcontinental bicycle journey from North Carolina to Oregon. This true story of determination, camaraderie, and finding strength and kindness of strangers along the way invites the reader to recall or imagine the the beauty of America and of finding yourself on the journey.

Presented in a daily-journal style, The Road Taken brings the gritty reality of the hard work of the journey into focus while remembering that any quest requires attention to the goal. Read along as the cyclists get separated along the way, inviting you to join not one, but two incredible stories of biking across America.

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The Route:

Use the button in the top left to show the key. Find more detail about the road taken on this Google Earth tracing of the riders' route.




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