Real Winners Don't Quit
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):9 x 6.6 x 1.2
- Publication Date:October 31, 2009
Real Winners Don t Quit shares the adventures and life lessons of a man who lived Henry David Thoreau s words, ...perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. In 1967, Joe Bowen began a remarkable journey on a bicycle to discover America for himself. At the time, there had been crossings of America on a bicycle but it was unheard of to travel 14,000 miles and 16 months on a bicycle! He left Lompoc, California with a meager $43.85 in his pocket. Whenever he ran out of funds he worked a few days painting a house, putting up hay on a farm or cutting firewood. In 1980, Joe wanted to raise a substantial sum of money for his favorite charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. With the help of his fellow Jaycees, his 3,008-mile stiltwalk across America set a world record and raised more than $100,000 for the MDA. He stiltwalked in spite of his critics. In 2005-2006, at the age of 62, Joe again bicycled 14,000 miles throughout North America. This time he did it as Kentucky s Unbridled Spirit. He took 8,000 elementary children from Eastern Kentucky along with him. Joe was able to correspond with the children by telephone and a laptop computer that he learned to use during the first 1,500 miles of the trip. Joe retired from a career as a construction worker after working his way up to working foreman. He completed these journeys of a lifetime, raised a family of three girls and raised more than $600,000 for his favorite charities even though he had to overcome many challenges along the way. It has been said that he is an average Joe made unique by believing in the power within himself and of the human spirit. Joe lives in a beautiful home in the woods that he and his wife built out of the lumber they salvaged from 150-year-old houses which had been abandoned and given to Joe. Joe understands the title of this book because he never, never, never gives up!
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