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Cycling journalist Chris Register set forth into the United States to hear from the real America, escaping the cable news pundits and internet trolls on a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bicycle. State by state, he found that the bike also served as a conversation piece on wheels, opening up folks to sharing their thoughts on who we are, where we come from, and where we might be headed. After a cumulative year on the road logging some 16,000 miles and 400 interviews, it's now Chris's turn to share what he discovered.

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---Reviews for CWU - Great Lakes States---

"It is much more than a travel book as there are no recommendations on roads to drive, places to stay or eat. As his interviewees/hosts (all total strangers) address what they love about America, what they worry about, what they're hopeful about, how they have been impacted by the US, their families and life work and history, Register shares this with the reader and gradually we begin to "see" US through the eyes especially of small town America."

-Sue Hoyt Aiken (Peace Corps Volunteer; Ethiopia 1962-64)

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"Well, when I started reading Conversations With US: Great Lakes States, I kept my tin of book darts at hand so I could mark any bits that I found noteworthy or delightful and might want to quote in a review. Reader, I emptied the tin."

-Melissa McCurley (Wabash River Cycle Club)

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"How many of us have dreamed of taking to the road, travelling, talking and listening to the voices of America? Chris Register did just that. He saddled up his two wheel steed and pedaled 16,000 miles through America's highways and byways. A fascinating read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

-Richard Wise (Goodreads user)

"This is a kind of Steinbeckian travelogue, 'Travels with Charley' style, but the remarkable thing about this book in our tech age is that he took the time to really get to know his subjects, to learn and then transcribe their stories, and then marvel about them." 

-David Kahler (Amazon reviewer)

"Part memoir and travel essay, this is an outstanding way to cross the country alongside someone who has a gift for storytelling and a fundamental desire to unite us through our most human of commonalities."

-Alicia Cahalane Lewis (Amazon reviewer)

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