“Across” by Larry Lindsay, is a wonderful 21st Century adventure story of a 14-year-old boy, as he travels solo from coast to coast on his bicycle. After becoming disillusioned with his mother’s choice of a new stepfather, Steve, the hero of the book, decides to leave his home in Massachusetts and search for his real father and live with him. However, the boy has never met his father, in actuality, the father doesn’t even know the boy exists. Through a truly fateful event, Steve discovers that his father is a forest ranger in the State of Washington, over 3,000 miles away. To learn of his dad’s career as a ranger is a momentous revelation for a boy who loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible biking, camping and enjoying the wonders of nature.
The author tells the story of “Across” in the form of a day-by-day, mile-by-mile account, as told from the viewpoint of a 14-year-old boy, in a fascinating account of the problems and dangers he faces, and how he confronts them. The saga is simple in the style it is told; yet gripping in that as soon as you begin, you’ll find it hard to put this book down before it is finished.
“Across” is a book that will appeal to adventurous souls of all ages; the young and the old alike will enjoy this book.
Lindsay is a seasoned veteran of many such marathon bike trips and certainly knows his stuff, having biked twice across the United States.