(The Last Great Walk) [PDF NEW] ´ Wayne Curtis
(The Last Great Walk) PDF NEW ´ Wayne Curtis
The content bout Weston s walk was interesting lthough I expected of n dventure tale than what it was The content in between reports on Weston s progress was intermittently interesting About the third or fourth time I was reading bout how walking is good for our health I started skimming When the uthor started talking bout how cars changed our environment I returned to reading About the third or fourth time the uthor returned to that particular topic I began skimming gain Definitely worth the read It will give you much to think bout nd you will look Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, at your surroundings little differently But you have permission to skim when you feel like dead horse is being beaten Apologies for the gruesome imagery An entertaining book covering different spects of walking nchored by the historic walk mentioned in the title Well researched nd t times even laugh out loud funny the book does make you want to get up nd take long walk though that makes it rather harder to keep reading This 2014 book gets 4 out of 5 stars It really held my interest I found out bout Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection a popular cultural phenomenon of the late 19th century American pedestrianism During the 1870snd 1880s America s most popular spectator sport wasn t baseball or football it was competitive walking Inside sold out renas competitors walked round dirt tracks lmost nonstop for six straight days risking their health nd sanity to see who could walk the farthest 500 miles was standard This book is bout the final mega stroll of Edward Payson Weston who in 1909 walked cross the USA on Dark Tides (Dark Tides a bet that he couldmbulate from coast to coast in 100 days or less demanding n verage of 40 miles Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, a day Weston was 70 years old when me took on the challenge He was the best known of the competitive walkers We join the taciturn Westons he is mostly ngered but rarely dismayed bout the unexpected pitfalls that he encountered through the Great Plains over the Rockies Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music across some desertsnd often struggling through deep mud The upside of his western journey were the massive crowds that greeted him s his highly publicized venture was big National news At the time there were far fewer roads into the West The utomobile was just gaining momentum t the time nd tarred roads were unheard of outside the populated Eastern seaboard Weston often walked the newly established railroad system Downright Dead and was challenged by navigational issues deep sections of sticky mudnd downright nasty weather He left new your on chilly March day The book s back story is bout the loss of walking s viable means to getting Left Fur Dead about one s local communitiess well s highly interesting discussion bout the medical physical nd spiritual benefits that Death by Tea are gained from spending hours movingbout the countryside on our own two feet The book is very well written Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, anduthored by Wayne Curtis the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year in 2002 This book should be reuired reading for students of land use planning nd municipal councillors Not walking I believe is one of the most radical things we ever decide to do xviiiBest thing bout this book is that several times it encouraged me to stop reading By Way Of A Wager and take walk Chairs re A self sabotaging tec. In 1909 Edward Payson Weston walked from New York to San Francisco covering round 40 miles day nd greeted by wildly cheering udiences in every city The New York Times called it the first bona fide walk cross the American continent When Kingdom Comes and eagerly chronicled journey in which Weston was beset by fatigue mosuitos vicious headwinds nd brutal heat He was 70 years ol.
Hniue A sitter is become custom to the support of The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, a back rest their back muscles weekendnd they must recliner even The chair is machine for producing dependency on itself P 48I thought this book would effectively be the final word on this event so that the uthor is forgiven for indulging us with every single detail he found even trivia Yet on p222 I finally learn Such a Dance about Paul Marshall s 1500 pages of deep research published 2008 2012 As historical rtifact The uthor could have done this better with longer direct uotations For example the scattered studies of health benefits of walking bored me but cognitive mapping of walking onto spinal cord ganglia t least in cats was uniue Overall though book bout historical walking doesn t need to invite historical psychology nd physiology Some of these segues re especially weak like topography on p112 nd traffic engineering on p145 When Curtis talks La bte du marais about TV replacing walking using 2009 stats in 2014 p52 he d be horrified by what mobile screens have become now evens he predicted Laos: Keystone Of Indochina a hint of it I ve never had enough sympathy pedestrians well enoughwareness of crosswalks p176The nutrition nd health sections re ll better written elsewhere nd several of his Geeking Out on 11C adhoc calculationsre just wrong including of walking calories on pg 60Artistic rhetorical flourishes Et ainsi de suite abound some effective than others Aurora became the drain into which those who couldn t withstand the buffeting of personal sualls were swept p158 Curtis does endeavor to end each section with pithy memorable summary I ve The Shoshoni Cookbook always enjoyed nice leisurely walk Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís and I often walk to do short errands Butfter reading this record of Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe a walk taken in 1909 from New York City to San Francisco completed in just over 100 days I will never thinkbout walking the same way Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It againEdward Payson Weston left NYC on March 15 1909 to walk to the West Coast He took mostly northerly route through New York state over to Chicago nd cross the Great Plains He walked lone except for car that was supposed to follow him with food nd supplies nd except for the many crowds nd fans that met him long the way He sometimes relied on homeowners to take him in nd give him good meal or to shelter him in storms if he couldn t walk through them This may not sound like much but I can t imagine walking hours nd hours every day through rain sleet snow muddy roads roads barely worthy of the name nd constant isolation in some parts And yet Weston was part of still popular but waning movement of pedestrianism As Weston set out the car was becoming factor in American lifeThe uthor Wayne Curtis interweaves the story of Weston s walk with information on ll manner of related topics the landscape Weston encountered the growing issues Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice aroundutomobiles nd how they changed the landscape in ways I had never known I ll never look t city street with the same eyes gain nd the rights of individuals in public spaces the importance of movement in locating the self in space mong other mental health nd physical issuesAfter pproximately The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank a hundred years peoplere beginning to understand what they ve lost to the car culture The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins and making efforts to reclaim it If you live in walkable comm. DIn The Last Great Walk journalist Wayne Curtis uses the framework of Weston's fascinating nd surprising story nd investigates exactly what we lost when we turned way from foot travel nd what we could potentially regain with America's new embrace of pedestrianism From how our brains Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and legs evolved toccommodate our ncient traveling needs to the way that Amer.
Unity count your lucky stars If you don t read this book nd figure out how to make some changesI gave this book rating of 4 because I would have liked to know bout other walkers of the period nd how those who couldn t walk coast to coast might have emulated Weston I know of one example but I would have enjoyed hearing My first nomination for the best nonfiction book read in 2015I found the story of the 70yo man walking cross the US in 1909 fascinating but the commentary on the importance of walking past nd present individually nd s species was riveting nd thought provokingI d say but I have to go take walk And you should just read the book Rewarding read with multifaceted look t how we shaped the 20th Century nd how we might shape the 21st Meanwhile I intend to step up my jaywalking After perusing friends response to his reading of this book I ordered it There was something intriguing bout the idea of Seventy year old man walking from NYC to San Francisco then to learn that this stroll occurred in 1909 that caused the intrigue I felt to bloom into thirst to learn the why it mattered today I was not disappointed in the story of Edward Payson Weston or of the uthor s building of his case Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, as to whyn event that occurred over century go had ny bearing on life in the fast paced computer ge Mr Weston began long walks hundreds of miles in the 1860 s Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende at time when pedestrianism events were drawing huge crowds of spectators to witness the completion of such sojourns According to theuthor s description he was the Lebron James of the Pedestrian world during his day The fanfare round such practices was in its decline when he nnounced that he would walk from New York City to San Francisco in one hundred days The Abbeyville Way and the journey would begin on his Seventieth Birthday The stamina he had to undertake such journey would reuire he walk n verage of 4729 miles daily 3925 miles83 days Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics as he rested on Sundays He would be supportedlong the way by turn from hired ssistants the kindness of strangers various railroad companies nd often large crowds who would join him for sections when he was near their towns but he was Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, as singular in his uests he was A Shot at Love alone in completing it Within nine months of his completing this walk he walked from San Francisco back to NYC The story of this walk is the basis upon which theuthor explores the history of walking particularly in America In so doing the reader is given Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past an overall engaging therere occasions when Mr Curtis puts too much of himself in the otherwise well researched material history of roads the psychological effects of walking Ask an Astronaut and the sociological implications of pedestrianismll of which were viewed in comparison to riding in Dead of Night a ma In The Last Great Walkuthor Wayne Curtis shares the story of Edward Payson Weston otherwise known The Voyage Unplanned as Weston the Pedestrian In 1909 Weston undertook to walk from New York to San Francisco in 100 days The man was 70 years ofge on the day he began the long trek The Dwelling across the continent This was time when utomobiles were beginning to make headway into the lives of ordinary Americans Curtis in his telling of Weston s walk lternately describes the collision of the utomobi. Ican cities have been designed to cater to cars nd discourage pedestrians Curtis guides readers through Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna an engaging intelligent exploration of how somethings simple s the way we get from one place to nother continues to shape our health our environment nd even our national identityNot walking he rgues may be one of the most radical things humans have ever don.
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The Last Great Walk an account of a remarkable 4000 mile journey taken in 1909 and why it’s relevant today His previous book was a cultural history of a loathsome intoxicant