Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit

Open Road Press
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In each lesson of this book, readers will find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement—along with personal reflection questions that will help adopt the right mindset, conquer fear, overcome obstacles, and relish life's journey. Together the authors share what they have learned after three tours totaling over 10,000 miles. Certain principles are universal whether one is bicycling across America or chasing a lifelong dream. Not only will readers encounter meaningful truth as they travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, they will also experience some genuine "God moments" and have some fun on the way.
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About the author

Tim Bishop is a three-time Maine chess champion, a CPA, and a consultant for small businesses. Debbie Bishop is a teacher who has taught for over thirty years. They are both the authors of Two Are Better. They live in Thompson's Station, Tennessee.
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Open Road Press
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Jun 20, 2016
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264
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9780985624842
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English
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Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
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This updated edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I.

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