The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour: One Cyclist's Journey by Thomas Shevory PDF

By Thomas Shevory

The nice Lakes are a striking repository of thousands of years of complicated geological variations and of a significantly shorter, crowded span of human heritage. Over the process 4 summers, Thomas Shevory rode a bicycle alongside their beaches, taking within the tales the lakes tell—of nature’s grandeur and rot, of monetary may possibly and squandered promise, of exploration, colonization, migration, and army event. This booklet is Shevory’s account of his travels, shored up through his exploration of the geological, environmental, old, and cultural riches harbored through North America’s nice inland seas.

For Shevory, and his readers, his trip is an enlightening, unfailingly enticing direction within the nice Lakes’ position in geological time and the nation’s historical past. alongside the northern shore of Lake Huron, one encounters the scrubbed surfaces of the Canadian safeguard, the oldest uncovered rock in North the United States. becoming out of the crags of the Niagara Escarpment, which stretches from the western reaches of Lake Michigan to the miraculous waterfalls among Erie and Ontario, are the white cedars which are one of the oldest bushes east of the Mississippi. The lakes supply reminders of the fur alternate that drew voyageurs to the internal, the disruption of local American cultures, significant battles of the conflict of 1812, the transport and logging industries that outfitted the Midwest, the common splendors preserved and exploited, and the city groups buoyed or buried through financial alterations over time. 

Throughout The nice Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour, Shevory describes the enticing characters he encounters alongside the way in which and the remarkable diversity of kingdom and town landscapes, bustling and serene locales that he stories, making us precise partners on his ride. 

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