Pilgrim Wheels

Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America

Award Winning and Best Selling Book One of the Cycling Reflections Series

  • WINNER - National Indie Excellence Book Award
  • WINNER – Epic eBook Award
  • FIRST PLACE - Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • FIRST PLACE - Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards
  • SILVER HONOREE - Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards
  • SECOND PLACE - Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards
  • SECOND PLACE - CIPA EVVY Awards

Approaching 60 years old, Neil Hanson pedaled 3400-miles across the country, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle. 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.

Pilgrim Wheels reveals an inspirational story of journey, discovery, and place, told from the saddle of a bicycle, rolling down the highways of America. Neil Hanson’s bicycle ride becomes a canvas for his pilgrimage of wonder as he explores the people he meets along the path, the obstacles he faces, the pain he endures, and the boundless joy he achieves pedaling across America. Pilgrim Wheels takes the reader up to the humid farmland east of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, while the sequel to be released in May — Pilgrim Spokes — takes the reader from Medicine Lodge to Annapolis on the east coast.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish! … Mr. Hanson has a beautiful way of integrating incredible life lessons throughout this book, lessons that have found their way to my soul. … Not only are the life lessons powerful and impactful to the reader, I also was able to take in his physical journey alongside him, as his descriptions are breathtaking.… [he] captures his experience and finds meaning and purpose in the big things, as well as the simple moments of life. I will keep this book to read again. It will remind me of how beautiful life is, and how much I can learn in each moment.

~ Christine Watson for Reader Views


Pilgrim Wheels is a superior production, and does a terrific job of capturing the experience of a cross country bicycle ride using crystal clear descriptions. … Hanson’s ability to carry both bikers and non-bikers along for the ride is part of what makes Pilgrim Wheels such an engrossing read. … a journey story spiced with the appeal of personal observation blended with philosophical reflection… Descriptions are powerfully written and offer readers a compelling “you are there” feel that captivates the reader regardless of his or her level of knowledge about bicycling or bicycle touring…
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review