In 2007, my 13-year-son decided against a Bar Mitzvah. His alternative rite of passage was riding a bicycle from San Francisco to Washington DC to deliver a global warming petition to Congress. He brought his mother, father, and younger brother along.  The Bar Mitzvah and The Beast: One Family’s Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike documents an extraordinary adventure made by an ordinary family.
If you’d like to read the first few pages of the book, click on First Chapter Excerpt.
Besides being just another shameless self-promoting website to promote a book, this shameless self-promoting website provides an ongoing forum to explore three of the book’s key themes: religious thought in a post-God world, energy sustainability, and biking as lifestyle.
I have lots of interesting and controversial blogs lined up, such as: getting rid of helmet laws to encourage teenage girls to bike ride, a case of bad karma when I selfishly drove a car instead of taking public transportation, and the joys and frustrations when Amtrak’s bicycle and gun policies come in conflict.
It is also possible to buy the book from here. Just click the Amazon link. After all, it’s never too early to think of Chanukah or Christmas. And nothing quite says I love you on Valentine’s Day as much as a book about a sweaty family chugging up the Rockies.
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Happy Reading and Biking,
Matt
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One Response to The Bar Mitzvah and The Beast

  1. Patty Morrison says:

    I received the invite to the Seattle book signing at Gregg’s (via Warm Showers). Thanks for the alert and invite, we will tell our friends and will plan to be at the event. Congrats! Patty

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