Why this is a book on the web

Originally I was figuring this would be a traditional book. You know the kind: paper, words, pictures, etc. A shorter, paper version of this story appeared in the pages of Dirt Rag (issue #117). But as I talked with Neil Anderson and Lynette Chiang , a couple of cycling writer's whose work I've enjoyed,  I realized that I had no compelling need to make this into a paper book. Both Neil and Lynette generously walked me through the economics of their adventures in the world of print and Lynette in her forthright Ausie way added "or you can do the web thing." The more I looked at things, the more I liked the idea of the "web thing." 

I was helped along this journey by many people who I first met via the world wide web and somehow it seems fitting that my "book" be published on the web. If you really want a paper copy, the main story is plain text. Print it out and read it at your leisure. Or save a tree and transfer it to your ebook or palm or read it on your PC.

I've got an album of 120 pictures that illustrate this story. The economics of printing that many color photos are not good but publishing pictures on the web is easy. To make the pages load quickly, I've cut the resolution down to a manageble size but if anybody wants higher resolution pictures of any of my stuff just drop me a note.

This "book" is free. You don't owe me anything for it. If you enjoy it, great. If you are one of the many people who helped me make this journey, I'd like to say thanks yet again for your kindness.

How to pay for this if you are so inclined

I'm not selling this. All this stuff here is really free. The story and pictures are copywritten but I can't really imagine someone ripping them off and trying to pass the story off as their own, so I'm not going to put a whole lot of effort into worrying about that.

If you are one of the hundreds of people who already helped me on my ride of the Great Divide, you've already helped me plenty. Please don't feel you need to send anything more

Folks who think that I'm some kind of eccentric millionaire are only half right. I work for a living but I'm at a point I'm my life where my work is all bicycle related. I work as a bike mechanic and as the Commuting Program Director for the non-profit Bicycle Alliance of Washington. I don't have a lot of money, but I have a very rich life.

In the early part of the 20th century there was a poet named Vachel Lindsay who wrote a small book called "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread" Lindsay tramped around the country, trading his text for meals and support. This story and the other stories I post to my website are my own versions of "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread" I'm giving the tales away but I'll gratefully accept support and use it to help me make more  journeys and write more stories.

So if you want to help me out, I do appreciate it. There are a variety of ways you can encourage me to keep rolling, writing and posting tales on the web.

The easiest and most direct is Paypal. Hit the link below and you can email me money. I can't guarantee it'll go to a good cause. I may spend it on Peanut M&Ms. I may buy batteries for my headlight. I may use the money to pay for my kid's college.

Payments by Paypal

If you want to support me but don't feel comfortable with web payments I'll gratefully cash checks in any amount sent to:

Kent Peterson
165 East Sunset Way #2B
Issaquah WA 98027  USA

You can also support my efforts by clicking on the Cafe Press logo below and buying a cyling related shirt or some other item from my Cafe Press Store or by clicking on the Mountain Turtle Market and buying a book or some cycling or outdoor gear from my virtual store on Amazon.com

Cafe Press Store

Mountain Turtle Market

Mountain Turtle Market

In 2006 I'm also raising money for the Histiocytosis Association's Research Program. You can read more about Histio and how various fixed gear riders are raising funds at: http://www.fixhistio.org/ I have an online fundraising page at:

 http://www.active.com/donations/fundraise_public.cfm?key=kentpeterson and the funds go to a very good cause.

Finally, If you are like me and you're not exactly flush with cash, you can still do this: Do something nice for someone, somewhere. We are all trying to make our way in the world and kindness is never wasted.

Keep 'em rolling,

And thanks again.

Kent Peterson