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The UFC is less of a race than it is a dare or a threat. At its core, the idea of traveling 1, miles around the coast of Florida in a kayak sounds grueling--the organizers of the Ultimate Florida Challenge warn wouldbe entrants that "even if you are a wellprepared expert, you may die. Still feeling the effects of a divorce that threw his world into upheaval, Richey finds solace in his sea kayak and enters the competition, despite the objections of family and friends.

Nearly every day and night, he encounters all possible obstacles: On a diet consisting largely of bagels and Snickers bars, Richey travels on, battling himself and the biggest enemy of all: Much of the tale centers on his nautical journey, but Richey seamlessly weaves that with his heartbreak from divorce, the bond of a father and son, and moving on with a newfound love. By the end of this wonderfully uplifting book, Richey's trip has taken him well beyond the perimeter of the Sunshine State.

It's a trip you'll never forget. This book is for anyone who believes in the redemptive value of hard physical challenge, and who believes that age is just a number. In the course of these pages, Richey measures himself against his competitors and the sea, and he considers what it means to love and be loved. I loved it for its humor and humility, its wonderful parables and pitch-perfect storytelling, its journey of discovery within and without, and its elegant ending. Florida is lucky to have you.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway: Top-ratings in pro-paddling community. From Publishers Weekly At its core, the idea of traveling 1, miles around the coast of Florida in a kayak sounds grueling--the organizers of the Ultimate Florida Challenge warn wouldbe entrants that "even if you are a wellprepared expert, you may die. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.

Read reviews that mention race adventure warren journey mile richey thoughts personal challenge taking kayaking interest finished failed paddling boat experiences writer watertribe insight. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Just finished Without a Paddle -- in a day -- could not put it down. Fla kayak club has paddled many of the areas mentioned and it's fun seeing them through Warren's eyes. Have not had so many laughs reading a book in a long time.

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Even though I paddle frequently, there is no way I could possibly do the race. But, by Warren's laying out the different portions of the trip, my friends and I realize that we could do it in bits and pieces. This book allows an avid paddler or armchair-paddler to appreciate all the beautiful sights available from the water.

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Went to a book review and reading by Warren and he talks just like he writes--very knowledgeable and likeable. Looking forward to another adventure and book. So many 5 star reviews? Maybe i need to be in the Water Tribe and they take care of their own. Honestly, there are only three books I have ever just put down and this is one of them. In all fairness, I did skip to the middle of the book for a chapter and to the end for a chapter to see if it was just a rough start with the writing but to no success. I actually looked to see if this was self published.

That was the case with the third book I never finished. The humor is self absorbed and forced to the point of uncomfortable. The relationship break up could have been a great metaphor and jumping off point but just failed for me. If you think John Gierach is a funny writer or you loved the other two books mentioned above that were great reads not for humor but for poetic use of our language , then you may want to look elsewhere for your next book.

Maybe I do get it. Maybe I am blessed to have great experiences, funny and articulate friends, or just lucky at picking books for the most part sans three. I really liked this book. It is a great yarn about an extreme race, a circumnavigation if you will, of the state of Florida. You can't circumnavigate a peninsula! More on that later. Part of the appeal of the book for me is that I met the author and heard him speak about the race - The Great Florida Circumnavigation Race. He does not look like a man who could accomplish the herculean feats necessary to be competitive in this race. He was mild mannered, soft spoken, funny, self-depreciating and a bit of a romantic.

He was not a big man, nor did he appear exceedingly fit. Yet he managed to paddle sixty miles a day on average, spending sixteen to eighteen hours a day in his boat, with only about fours of sleep each night for almost three weeks. Another part of the book's appeal for me was that I had paddled segments of the circumnavigation route. J. William Turner: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle

I was very familiar with these and other areas he paddled as well. I could really relate to the things he saw and the issues he dealt with.

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Who is this book for? This is basically, but not exclusively, a man's book. But it's not for every man. The author took on this race in his fiftieth year partly as a personal challenge and partly to escape from a painful divorce. The youngest of three children, his father was a scientist and his mother a bookkeeper, James spent the last seven years of his education at a boys' private school in the coastal city of Geelong. During his time here, he became a senior N.

After finishing the twelfth grade, he attended university to study science in the mid 's, but discontinued his course after two years. For 27 years from , with the exception of a brief period from to , James worked as an administrative officer for the Australian Commonwealth Public Service in Melbourne and Geelong. He fullfilled duties in areas of government such as transport, shipping, storage, social security, employment, emergency services and defence, until his retirement in This was followed soon after by his move north to the coastal sub-tropical city of Hervey Bay in south-east Queensland in During this thirty-year period, James gained his private pilot licence, was a volunteer operational member of St John Ambulance for ten years, and travelled to many parts of inland Australia and overseas, including two visits to the U.

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He also penned the initial draft of Storm Ridge, the first of the four installments of recently-published Dangerous Days, in , loosely based on a similar school hike he did in as an eighth-grader. Ten years later, in , Paddle Hard was drafted, based on an actual murder in Geelong in the mid 's, and his own experience at canoeing. Another ten years later, he drafted Outback Heroes after several visits to several parts of the vast Australian outback. Enemies Within was written just four years afterwards to give closure to the unanswered questions in Outback Heroes, and is set back in London, near to his ancestral roots.

James has always liked putting pen to paper, and has had two articles published in Australian aviation magazines and Over a six-month period from January to June , James wrote the first three stories of another four-part fictional autobiography, soon to be published. Entitled Blades, the novel is about the traumatic and difficult teenage years of an elite helicopter pilot named Julian. It is set in the late 's, in Darwin, Melbourne, the Central Australian outback, the mountains of south-eastern Australia, and in southern California. Blades also reintroduces the three main child characters from Dangerous Days, now adults aged in their late-twenties, and their relationship with Julian.

The final story, Aftermath, was completed in two-and-a-half months midway through It brings Julian's life story almost to the present day. His final two literary works completed recently are Fat To Fast teen fiction set in Hervey Bay inspired by his own struggle with youth obesity and Jake's Magical Easter Adventure, a mystical story for young children set in a similar type of town.

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