Riding with the Blue Moth

Riding with the Blue Moth

Bill Hancock Jim Nantz / Jan 18, 2020

Riding with the Blue Moth After the death of his son Will in the airplane crash that took the lives of nine additional members of the Oklahoma State basketball team and support staff survival became a common word in Bi

  • Title: Riding with the Blue Moth
  • Author: Bill Hancock Jim Nantz
  • ISBN: 9781596701632
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • After the death of his son, Will, in the 2001 airplane crash that took the lives of nine additional members of the Oklahoma State basketball team and support staff, survival became a common word in Bill Hancock s vocabulary Bicycling was simply the method by which he chose to distract himself from his grief But for Hancock, the 2,747 mile journey from the Pacific Coast tAfter the death of his son, Will, in the 2001 airplane crash that took the lives of nine additional members of the Oklahoma State basketball team and support staff, survival became a common word in Bill Hancock s vocabulary Bicycling was simply the method by which he chose to distract himself from his grief But for Hancock, the 2,747 mile journey from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast became than just a distraction It became a pilgrimage, even if Hancock didn t realize it upon dipping his rear tire in the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach, California in the wee hours of a July morning On his two wheel trip, Hancock battled searing heat and humidity, curious dogs, unforgiving motorists and the occasional speed bump usually a dead armadillo Hancock s thoughts returned to common themes memories of his son Will, the prospect of life without Will for him and his wife, and the blue moth of grief and depression.

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    1. Originally I bought the book for my husband, a sports enthusiast, and thought he could relate with this author perhaps better than others. I was curious and read it after he did. I was interested to pry into the viewpoint of a man, since I mostly talk to bereaved women. I liked how humble Bill Hancock seemed. His mind easily slipped to dark places during his cross-country trek, and I can relate to sliding to such places. I thought his metaphor of a "blue moth" for the deep sorrow that pops up an [...]

    2. Tender story of Bill Hancock's ride across the United States after the death of his oldest son in a tragic plane crash. Throughout thee book, Mr. Hancock seamlessly transitions between his adventure and beauty of riding across the U.S. and sorrow as he struggles with the grief of his son's death. His story has two major touch points: 1. the challenge of riding a bicycle across the entire United States (from Huntington Beach, CA to Tybee Island, GA) and his interaction with people along the way. [...]

    3. “Gosh that was a good book!"I can’t think of many times I‘ve exclaimed this after turning the final page and closing the back cover of a book. But that is exactly what I just thought to myself after finishing “Riding with the Blue Moth”. And it’s the second time I’ve read it! The first reading was approximately 9 years ago. Author Bill Hancock was the head of the NCAA Final Four, and patriarch of a small, close-knit family. The impetus of the book is the death of his eldest son in [...]

    4. A cycling friend recommended this book, saying it was one of the best books he has ever read. The author, Bill Hancock, chronicles his cross-country bicycle ride from California to Georgia. The ride is an effort to grieve the untimely death of his son in an airplane crash and try to heal the wounds that this has left. His wife follows him with a tent trailer, which is their home in this odyssey.Each chapter begins with a log of the details of the day's ride, e.g. start time and temp, finish time [...]

    5. I always enjoy a book with local references, which this has in abundance. It is the story of a man, Bill Hancock, whose son is killed in a plane crash. Bill decides to ride his bike 2,746 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The physical feat is impressive and it is hard for me to believe that a 50-something man could hop on a bike and ride that far without training and with, if you believe his account, no knee pain, no back pain, no keister pain. More important than the physical feat is the [...]

    6. There were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed. It seemed at times that the author was someone who had lived parts of my life. So many familiar song references, regional language quirks, bike riding stories, and geographical familiarities. Bill Hancock has a lot to say about life and accepting what happens to our loved ones--continuing to take life one step at a time, forever loving and missing them--but eventually earning another chance at life like George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Li [...]

    7. This is a great first person account of grief from a man's perspective. Bill Hancock does a great job of chronicling his cross country bike ride after the death of his son. The ride itself is a metaphor for his grief journey and the things he learns along the way about the bike ride have a direct relationship to what he is learning about grief.I recommend this to anyone who is grieving a loss, especially men. Especially sports oriented men, as Bill comes from the NCAA environment and has that pe [...]

    8. I bought a copy of this for my brother, who recently lost a son. I also bought a copy for my daughter, who was at OSU at the time of the plane crash. I don't know if either of them will ever read the book, but I'm very glad I did. Mr. Hancock reminds us of the many lessons we have to learn as we deal with grief and loss, and he does it gently, without getting preachy or maudlin. I knew I would find his personal struggles very moving. What I didn't realize is how I would also enjoy the bike journ [...]

    9. If you are struggling with grief and trying so desperately to find a new normal after losing a child, this book is for you. As you ride the currents of Hancock's sorrow, you become one with his pain, his blessed memories, his love for his family. And his messages to his granddaughter at the end of the chapters are heartfelt and inspiringa gift that will keep on giving for the rest of her life. I highly recommend this book!

    10. I just bought this book, thinking I'd read it eventually. I started the forward and couldn't put it down. Dealing with the loss of his son in a plane crash, Bill Hancock takes off on a pigrimage across America by bike. A story of living your life to the fullest as a tribute and cartharsis, Riding with the Blue Moth is not just a book about dealing with death. It is a recipe for life!

    11. overcoming grief is a very personal process - the ability to trust and love again is something available to everyone if they reach out and try after a huge personal loss. amazing ride stories as well - who can actually ride their bike across country!

    12. Saw Mr. Hancock speak at John's Bible Study Luncheon and loved his story. Wonderful way of looking at grief and dealing with it in his own way. Great people across America, that he meets and Angels everywhere to help him deal with not only the grief but the ride itself.

    13. My pastor gave me this book after the death of my husband. Reading about the author's journey through grief was more interesting personally than the bike riding. I enjoyed this book and found it helpful in my own grieving process.

    14. just finishing this remarkable book. Wrenching at first, then healing as the journey continues. Father loses grown son in plane crash and deals with the aftermath with his wife and remaining family. Loved it.

    15. This is a book about a man whose son died in a plane crash; the book chronicled his process of dealing with his grief. This was a darn good book the travel portion of the book was a nice counterpoint to the mourning process. This is a good book written by a Kansas City guy.

    16. Bill Hancock gave an excellent speech at Toby's graduation ceremony which led us both to read his book. This is his very moving story about dealing with grief after losing his son.(it also made me want to ride a bicycle across the U.S.)

    17. I met the author Bill 5 years ago - he is a good friend of my in-laws. He wrote this book about biking across the US after his son was killed in the 2001 plane crash that killed 9 members of the Oklahoma State basketball team.

    18. Wow. What a way to grieve the loss of a loved one - and what inspiriation to others. A must read for bike riders, parents, and friends who've lost a loved on.

    19. What can I say, I enjoy biking books. Interesting journey after losing son in plane crash got a kick out of his biking diet.

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