An Extraordinary Bicycling Adventure
Spontaneous Revolutions: Seeing America One Pedal at a Time is the story of a middle-aged couples' spur-of-the-moment bicycle journey across the country. These two out-of-shape, inexperienced cyclists rode from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. It took four (sometimes) grueling months. Being overweight and over 50 was one thing. They also knew next to nothing about bikes - didn't even know how to change a flat tire when they left! And, they chose to travel unplugged.
Why do this seemingly Insane thing? Well, beyond the "wild hair," they wanted to meet the people of the tiny towns and byways of America. It's also a testamentto overcoming challenges, staying motivated and enjoying the kindness of strangers. People constantly surprised them with support: Invitations to their homes and cheerleadlng along the way. The experience reaffirmed their faith in humanity, proving how many good people there are across America.
There are moments of hilarity, fear, surprise, struggle, tenderness, frustration, beauty, danger and love. The book leaves the reader with confidence and inspiration: if these two can do it, you can do it- no matter your dream.
Spontaneous Revolutions is also a love story. Author Liza McQuade and her husband reconnected in their marriage, learned to let go of judgement and found they loved each other more than they thought possible. The book was written after McQuades' husband passed away unexpectedly.
It's not maudlin, it's an uplifting account of two people who undertook a huge leap of faith and learned to live In the moment.
The trip proved to be a metaphor for taking on any big challenge. Whether you're making an important decision or scaling a mountain, don't psych yourself out. Tackle what's thrown your way head-on, even if you have to get off your bike and walk. Most importantly, it's a reminder to take life one pedal at a time.