Conversations Across America
A Father and Son, Alzheimer's, and 300 Conversations Along the TransAmerica Bike Trail that Capture the Soul of America
by Kari Loya
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Pub Date 18 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
Conversations Across America is about a father-son journey of a lifetime: a 73-day, 4,600-mile cross-country bike trip Kari took in 2015 with his 75-year-old dad, Merv, who had early-stage Alzheimer’s. Their adventure reminds us of the power of perseverance and adaptability in the face of uncertainty. It’s also a heartwarming example of listening and discovery, including 300 short conversations with people who approached them along the way, providing a rich snapshot of America, especially rural America.
Conversations is a mix of Blue Highways, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Humans of New York… on a bike. As you read, you can’t help but reflect on your relationship with your own father and children, while gaining perspective on Alzheimer’s—which now afflicts more than six million Americans—and getting a sense of the TransAmerica Bike Trail and America itself. Above all, you will be inspired to seize-the-day with someone you love—whatever that means to you.
"A travelog of American characters, an epic cycling journey, and a touching father/son relationship." - BookLife by Publishers Weekly
"Visually exciting... It's a travel book that's as moving as it is informative." - Kirkus Reviews
"Loya has a superb talent for picking that thought-provoking comment which stays in the mind and makes you think." - The BookBag (UK)
"Alzheimer's did not stop father-son dream of completing 4,200 mile across the U.S." - Houston Chronicle
"A story of love, hope, and respect that celebrates the abilities of a loved one with dementia while also offering sensitivity and support when needed. Although we can't all cycle across country with our loved one, we can learn from Kari's caring and attentive relationship with his dad." - Richard Elbein, CEO, Alzheimer's Association, Houston & Southeast Texas