Connecting with readers, bringing them along with him on an adventure in words.

Creative non-fiction that brings a story to life, and helps the reader feel like they’re in the story, on the adventure.

The Art of Truth, as author and speaker Neil M Hanson likes to call it.

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Latest Release: The Pilgrim Way (Re-Released)

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In May, we re-released The Pilgrim Way in preparation for the upcoming release of Pilgrim Spokes.

The new and improved version has more focus on ultralight touring, as well as enhanced route details.

Plus, we’re releasing a PRINT VERSION for the first time, complete with dozens of beautiful images from Neil’s bicycle touring adventures. The print version will be in book stores in June, and the eBook is available now!

Pilgrim Spokes to Release June 15

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The much anticipated sequel to Pilgrim Wheels continues the tale of discovery along the winding backroads of America’s heartland. The second book in the “Cycling Reflections” series, Pilgrim Spokes tells the story of the eastern half of the trans-American trek, concluding in Annapolis.

Pilgrim Spokes delivers a delightful blend of travelogue, cycling insights, and reflections. . . .  a vivid read filled with personal reflection, philosophical insights, physical challenges, and a dose of spirituality that immerses the reader in an exhilarating ride.”
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Hanson is a thoughtful narrator… Readers will consequently feel fortunate to find themselves immersed in meditations…this isn’t just a book for bicycle enthusiasts; it’s also for any fan of the examined life. …A book that offers plenty of “shared sojourner’s camaraderie” in the company of a happy, philosophical companion.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

Books:

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The practical guide for the cyclist crossing the country with less than 10# of gear

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Passionate, eloquent, inspirational and devotional… a wonderful companion novel for anyone on a spiritual quest or needing guidance.

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More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson’s delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It’s a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.

Articles:

Western Slope Sunset

Java in the Hut

Few things in life feel more wonderful than sitting in a warm hut at 11,000 feet, sipping on warm coffee, listening to crackling pine in the wood stove, and watching a new day wrap itself around the 14,000 foot peaks surrounding you.

Little bluestem prairie grass (Schizachyrium scoparium) is silhouetted by a prairie sunset.  Bluestem Prairie Scientific & Natural Area, Minnesota.

Two Wheels and Saddle Sores

“Let me get this straight,” my brother asks while we’re fishing on a cool May morning, “You’re gonna ride
your bicycle across Kansas in July?”

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Minimalism on Two Wheels

Minimalism on Two Wheels is an article I wrote early in my exploration of ultra lightweight bicycle touring. For a more complete, evolved, and up-to-date description, see The Pilgrim Way. The Pilgrim Way is a companion guide to Pilgrim Wheels, the first story of my journey across America by bicycle.