Suit to Saddle
"Suit to Saddle is an engaging story of determination and moxie, as well as a celebration of the human spirit. Walsh, perhaps recklessly, undertakes a significant and difficult journey that he is unprepared for, and his story holds the reader's interest as he meets this challenge head-on." —The BookLife Prize
"Readers on mid-life journeys of their own will cheer Walsh on as he reminds them that a journey doesn’t have to be a means to an end —it’s the trip itself that matters." —BookLife
"A deeply personal memoir..." —Kirkus
"...it was remarkable how Walsh not only overcame the physical journey but overcame the sadness of his mind. In a society where so many are struggling with mental health, I think his message and story of moving forward are so important. Any reader would love Walsh’s story...!" —★★★★★ Manhattan Book Review
"This book should inspire anyone who’s going through a tough time or a massive change, and anyone who wants to be challenged to embark on an ambitious venture. I highly recommend it." —★★★★★ Reader's Favorite
“Suit to Saddle” chronicles one man’s epic spiritual journey- on two wheels- across the vastness of America. Ride with Larry as he experiences the challenging terrain, the tucked-away places, and the unique people that would collectively change him. Discovery, inspiration, and personal growth are on the horizon with every turn of the cranks! —William P. Apollo, M.D., Cyclist, Cardiologist, and contributor to The Outer Line and VeloNews
"Your job has been eliminated." In other words, you're unemployed, out of work, and desperate to find a new purpose. When US Army veteran Larry Walsh heard those words, his world was turned upside down. With a desire to move beyond unemployment, create an exciting new future for himself, and push past his limits, he decides to fulfill his lifelong dream to bike across the country.
He purchases a Surly Disc Trucker touring bike and begins his 3,120-mile ride of the Southern Tier from California to Florida. Cycling over treacherous mountains, through open plains, unforgiving deserts, and over 200 unique small towns, Walsh not only discovers a new world and new people, but he uncovers a side of himself that he thought was long forgotten—one filled with true grit and determination.
In Suit to Saddle, Walsh chronicles his story of triumph over adversity. Each person he meets along the road plays an integral part of his quest for inner peace and growth. Through the eyes of a one-armed cyclist, a retired police officer, a gun-toting waitress, and a thousand miles of open road, Walsh learns that the true meaning of a life well-lived is the journey.
Join Walsh on his trip across America and see what it feels like to experience life one mile at a time.
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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Suit to Saddle: Cycling to Self-Discovery on the Southern Tier by Larry Walsh is the story of riding a bicycle across the southern half of the United States, from California to Florida. The ride took place at a rough time in Walsh’s life when he’d lost his job. He’d had the dream of riding across the country for years and decided to fulfill it by riding with 10 others in a non-supported (they carried their own gear) trip. Along the way, he faced great adversity, but also met some wonderful people and learned much about himself. Suit to Saddle reports not only on the riding itself but on Walsh’s interactions with his companions and others. It also describes much of the beautiful scenery Walsh saw along the way.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Larry Walsh’s book Suit to Saddle: Cycling to Self-Discovery on the Southern Tier. What I enjoyed most was Walsh’s relating of encounters with those he met along the way, both his fellow cyclists and people he met at various stops. He writes in great detail, adding to the authenticity of the reader's experience. Walsh wisely broke his book into short sections, each one headlined with the date, starting point and destination, and distance traveled. That compartmentalization of his trip makes Suit to Saddle a book one can pick up for just a few minutes if need be. It would be excellent as a nightstand book. This book should inspire anyone who’s going through a tough time or a massive change, and anyone who wants to be challenged to embark on an ambitious venture. I highly recommend it.
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