SLOWING THE WAY: A BICYCLE JOURNEY: 8 ½” x 11”, photocopied, no price listed, 58 pgs.

Nov 24, 2010

Slowing the Waydocuments a bicycle journey made by three friends in 2009 to raise money and awareness for those stricken by Huntington’s disease, which affects the central nervous system and motor skills. The disease has no known cure and, astonishingly, fifty percent of children who have a parent with the disease will also be stricken. One of the three friends involved tested positive for the gene and the two others decided that a bicycle ride/fundraiser would be a great way to honor their friend as well as bring exposure and some money to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America,who assisted with the ride. The ride started in St. Augustine, Florida and ended in New York City over the course of a month. The zine was compiled from journal entries by the three riders and is a humorous and sometimes painful look at what friendship is all about. The humanity of their endeavor sometimes brought a tear to my eye as I read; particularly when Hector (the rider who has the gene) would fall down from, I assume, the oncoming symptoms of the disease. Since the zine was created with journal entries, it is fascinating to read about the same incidents through different perspectives. The ending was a bit abrupt though—I’d love to have read a bit more of what happened after the ride. Perhaps a follow-up is on the way? –Garrett Barnwell (Kathleen Vlodek, 363 Warren St., Rossville, GA30741)

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