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The Velo Hobo Occasional Reader: In Print and Ultralight Books

I was very flattered to be asked to put together an article for The Smoky Mountain News.  I chose S24Os as my topic.  I’m told most of SMN’s readership go for the printed version, but you can check out the online edition here:  Smoky Mountain News-Touring Overnight

Also at Smoky Mountain News is an inspiring article about fellow Western North Carolina bike blogger Hugh Lambert.  If you’ve been following along here at VH, you’ll remember Hugh as one of the famed Cherokee Riders.  Check out the story here:  Smoky Mountain News- Hugh’s story.

The Ultimate Ultralight Touring Guidebook!
Okay, the guidebook is not about ‘Ultralight’ touring, but the guidebook itself weighs less than two ounces.  Yes, you read that right, a comprehensive and illustrated guide to bicycle touring that weighs less than a jelly doughnut.  This is the perfect size to stuff in a handlebar bag on your next overnighter; just enough reading material to entertain the weight conscious cycling reader for an evening.  These little books, and there are three to choose from, are really little works of cycling art exclusively from the Urban Adventure League.

Speaking of tiny books, the Dali Lama (the current version) has a couple of pint sized pocket DIY enlightenment manuals.  The Book of Wisdom is packed full of the stuff, but I’m feeling a bit gypped by his Book of Transformation.  I’ve read the thing twice and I’m still me.  Still, these tiny books fit into a handlebar bag and could be read while hanging in a hammock tent without danger of exceeding weight limitations.

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  1. August 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    this book is a tad over weight…”The Great Gates”by Marshall Sprague…
    great bed time reading…
    i highly recommend the above book for any one who loves to wander…
    this book focuses on every mountain pass along the continental divide from the mexican border north to just around the british columbia/ yukon border…
    other wise i pack either a copy of “the hobbit” or one of the “ring trilogy books”
    or i just let my little sw/am/fm radio entertain me late in the evening when i have nothing to read…
    how is the knee doing???

  2. The Velo Hobo
    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The Hobbit is my comfort book. I’ve read it several times. I’m reading a series of books called Dwarves by Heitz. Same setting as the Tolkien books, but with Dwarves as the main characters. Also Orcs, a series by Nichols with Orcs as the heros. Odd, but entertaining.

    The knee is doing much better. Thanks, Jack

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