The Road Headed West

A Cycling Adventure Through North America

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 7 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781849536356

About the book

‘It seemed a terrible shame to meet my end in Iowa; I couldn’t imagine anywhere more disappointing to die. If I were a betting man I’d have reckoned on the most dangerous thing in this state being sheer boredom. The scenery hadn’t changed for weeks and I was slowly dissolving into stimulation-deprived madness. My current predicament, then – attempting to escape through cornfields from a gun-toting alcohol-soaked rancher – was not something I expected.’

Just months after graduating from university, Leon received disastrous news: he had been offered a job. Terrified at the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or adventure, he took off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense. Over five months and 6,000 miles, Leon cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornadoes, swollen river crossings and one hungry black bear along the way. But he also met kind strangers who offered their food, wisdom, hospitality and even the occasional local history lesson, and learned what happens when you take a chance and follow the scent of adventure.


'A witty and charming adventure, that will be loved by all, except maybe if you are from Iowa!'

Mark Beaumont, author of The Man Who Cycled the World

'A book that will inspire you to chase your bicycle adventure dreams across the long highways and epic mountains of America.'

Rob Lilwall, author of Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia

'Leon's trip across North America is a wonderful rite-of-passage journey; one that shows what exciting experiences can lie in wait if you choose to set off in search of adventure.'

Alastair Humphreys, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2012 and author of Moods of Future Joys

‘The book is easy to read, fast-paced, funny and introspective.’

Adventure Travel Magazine

'The result is both inspiring and frequently funny.'

Outdoor Fitness, August 2014 issue

‘McCarron is great company, amusing and wise beyond his years (yet still retaining the wide-eyed nature of youth)’

220 Triathlon Magazine Website