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Cross Country: A 3,700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America

Cross Country: A 3,700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America

by Rickey Gates

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In 2017, professional runner Rickey Gates ran 3,700 miles across the continental United States with just a small backpack and an anthropologist's curiosity to discover the divided America in which we live.

In the book Cross Country, Gates documents this epic experience from South Carolina to San Francisco, sharing first-person essays, interviews, and over 200 photographs of the ordinary and extraordinary people and places he saw along the way.

While Gates delivers unparalleled insight into the extreme athletic and mental challenge of this transcontinental run, running is not the core focus of Cross Country—it is a story of the remarkable people across the United States who we would otherwise never meet.

• A photographic travelogue that follows along Rickey Gates's run across the country, and the individuals who live in it
• Filled with portraits, landscapes, and collages of towns and communities that most people have never seen
• From South Carolina to San Francisco, the five-month-long run covers 3,700 miles of hiking trails, rivers, and roads.

Gates slept in the rain, carried meager possessions on his back, ran through the night, endured mental and physical challenges, and survived on a staple of gas station hot dogs and Pop Tarts.

Delivering a patchwork portrait of America, Gates's captivating story captures the spirit of our country—that grit, determination, and compassion are qualities that can unite us all.

• Perfect book for runners, hikers, and lovers of the outdoors, as well as fans of travelogues, photography, and photo-journalism
• A great pick for those who loved Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, and A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.
• A unique perspective of the United States

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ISBN-13: 9781452181608
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 213,768
File size: 43 MB
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About the Author

Rickey Gates is a professional runner. He has run in races on all seven continents and has traveled to 47 countries. He lives between Aspen, Colorado and Oakland, California with his partner Liz and a motorcycle dubbed the Freedom Machine.

Table of Contents

The Beginning 9

The South 29

The Appalachians 73

The River 93

The Ozarks 111

The Great Plains 135

The Rocky Mountains 167

The Desert 185

The West Coast 229

The End 245

Acknowledgments 256

About the Author 256

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