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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road | Neil Peart
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A bold narrative written by a man trying to stay alive by staying on the move. Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart suffered family losses so devastating that they left him a ghost -- physically a man but with nothing inside: no hope, meaning, faith, or desire to keep living. One year after the first tragedy, Neil was choosing between life and his own death. Finally, all he could decide was motion. He got on his BMW R1100GS motorcycle, and over the next 14 months, rode 55,000 miles, in search of a reason to live. On a journey of escape, exile, and exploration, he travelled from Quebec to Alaska, down the Canadian and American coasts and western regions, to Mexico and Belize, and finally back to Quebec. While riding "the Healing Road," Neil recorded in his journals his progress and setbacks in the grieving/healing process, and the pain of constantly reliving his losses. He also recorded with dazzling, colourful, entertaining, and moving artistry, the enormous range of his travel adventures, from the mountains to the sea, from the deserts to Arctic ice, and the dozens of memorable people, characters, friends, and relatives he met along the way, and who increasingly contributed to his healing and sense of meaning and purpose. He begins the journey with nothing, "the Ghost Rider." What he finally attains is joy, love, and indelible memories of the most extraordinary journey of his life. Ghost Rider is a bold, brilliantly written, intense, exciting, and ultimately triumphant narrative memoir from a gifted writer and musician, who started out as a man reduced to trying to stay alive by staying on the move. 2002 Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize finalist. Over 80,000 copies sold. Globe & Mail and Amazon.com bestseller.
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mattyuk2018
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Read this twice now and it‘s a very good read in terms of how one person can overcome so much grief and despair and turn that into a marathon motorcycle trip and come out better. When you consider how he put most of the journey into inspiration for the Rush album, Vapor Trails - you can see how well the two translate together.

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ArthurDambros
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what to do? to drive to nowhere

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I'm going to go a little out of left field for Fun Friday Photo and say Rush drummer, Neil Peart. @Liberty

ssravp His books about his travels while being a part of a touring rock band are some of the best non-fiction that I've ever read. Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road is my favorite of his. So much of how I process sadness and grief came from this book. 3y
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So, so heartbreaking. True story of life shattering loss and renewal.