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Winky-Eyed Jesus and Other Undescribables

An elite, feral recumbent cyclo-tourist wages human-powered jihad against the force of gravity and the awesome span of the North American continent. That is the subtitle to Scott Wayland’s excellent book about cycling across the country called America, a guide for any cyclist, two wheeled or three, who desires to understand what long-haul pedaling is all about.

Scott transcending the lactic acid buildup on the center line

Recumbent rider Scott Wayland is a professor of English at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California. When he is not in the classroom, he lives with his wife, Jodi, in the mountains of Tehachapi. He’s been an avid adventurer involved in hiking, climbing and cycling for over thirty years.

Fully versed in the arcane secrets of elite Ninja recumbent bicycle touring, at the advanced age of forty five, Scott set out to meet his country face to face, rubber to the road, with nothing but his lactic acid-addled wits and a burning desire to know what the country had to say for itself. Strange creatures, cantankerous weather, odd characters, and a huge, big, bad, beautiful land give him the experience of a lifetime. The Winky-Eyed Jesus and Other Undescribables is an intimate journey into the heart of America, its people and landscape, and one man’s struggle to take it all in.

So, even all the trikers out there who might be wondering why a biker’s book is appearing here can rest easy tonight knowing that the spirit of cross country pedal pushing is alive and well – it doesn’t matter that we have a third wheel rolling along! The spirit that fuels us all is the same.

Scott, when he’s not pedaling overland

Visit Scott’s homepage HERE.

Get Scott’s book HERE.


2 responses

  1. dexey

    Excellent book, I read it a few weeks ago. He writes very well indeed; much as you might expect from a Professor of English :0)
    He does trike, as well.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

  2. Ed

    Steve, some……….., perhaps most, believe the equipment makes the rider. On the other hand, your review reflects of having ‘core values’; hence, ‘attitude kicks’! I’m way behind on reading about the cycling adventures of others; I guess at 70 I still think I know it all! Regardless, my three wheels continues to hit-the-ground rolling, slow like the old bull still eying the young heifer in the distance!

    May 11, 2012 at 5:40 am