Wise, Witty, and Touching

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Sean Dietrich’s book is written with love and humor. After his wife Jamie’s initial cancer scare, their vow to do something big and exciting in their lives was put on hold for twenty years as they lived their ordinary lives, as so many of us do.
The Covid scare began and Jamie convinced Sean it was time to go on a big adventure. This is where much of the humor in the story begins. The former columnist and former math teacher have no camping or biking experience but end up on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C & O Canal Towpath with Jamie on a bike and Sean on an adult trike. Through rainstorms, encounters with snakes, bike accidents, and sore bodies they banter back and forth and find the humor in much of what they experience. The reader is treated to historical information and interesting descriptions of some of the areas the two traverse.
In addition, the reader is allowed to get to know Sean better through personal reflections on his growing up years and how his father’s suicide affected him and his family. We see how his wife Jamie helped him and how strong their relationship is.
There is definitely a serious side to this book about treasuring life and your relationships with people, as well as just getting out and enjoying nature. I like the way that it’s all presented with a great deal of wit and humor. The book is entertaining as well as thought provoking.