"Ghost Trails" is a sometimes joyful, often harrowing ride through one woman's experiences in the 2008 Iditarod Trail Invitational, and the adventures that inspired it.
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What people are saying about Ghost Trails
"Why do men and women seem to so often experience outdoor, endurance sports so differently, and what is it about our culture that makes it so? Can one combine emotive honesty and at the same time give oneself credit when credit is due? I'm still searching for these answers, but thanks to Jill Homer's fearlessness, Ghost Trails is a damn good place to look. If this book doesn't get you thinking about riding through the wilderness, alone, for a very long time, I think you might want to consider selling your mountain bike."
"I’m not much of a reader but once I started reading this book I seriously considered taking a sick day from work so I could sit down and finish it because I just couldn’t put it down. If it wasn’t for a pressing project at work I would have done just that. So, as an alternative I put off training and stayed up late for a number of nights until I finally finished it up. I have to say, it was worth it. "
"I found myself putting on a sweater while reading the book; Jill brings to life the harshness of an Alaskan winter. After describing all of the hardships (everything from keeping water from freezing to a loss of appetite when calories are essential) Jill brings us to the bivy she spent one cold night. Her descriptions put us right there with her. Sure, I’ve hit the wall before, but never like this. And not in a race where the consequence is severe frostbite, or even death."
"It seriously is the best book! I laughed (Hippie Lady!) I cried (Mount Borah, ID and when she realized Geoff was no longer in the race) and I never felt more proud and amazed. Even though I am not a cyclist or an endurance racer, I think everyone can relate to this book in one way or another. It explains how she faced her fears, fought loneliness, felt despair, survived (in the most horrendous elements), and found joy. In a way, we all experience this with the trials we face. "