September 10, 2019

With cooling evenings, school in session, and pumpkin spice everything already cramming store shelves, it's easy to forget we're still in the final days of summer--...

June 5, 2019

The first Conversations With US book tour begins in a few days, rolling through the Great Lakes States to trace much of that route in reverse. I'll begin where the...

March 26, 2019

Last week, my company Spoke & Word Books released the first volume of the CWU series. It was quite the event.

Many, many thanks to Charlottesville's Peloton Station...

February 28, 2019

After several years, thousands of miles, dozens of states, scores of flat tires, hundreds of interviews, millions of crankset revolutions, and countless hours writi...

January 19, 2019

It’s official! Two months from today CWU’s first volume will transition from pedal to print. I am so very grateful to all of you for your years of support and encou...

November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I wanted to get this update out before folks sit down at the dinner table with their families. Now, when the discussion gets too heated...

October 9, 2017

I recently wrapped up a 1,750-mile tour through CWU states 45-49: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, & Colorado. It was the final big ride of the project. Although stat...

August 9, 2017

It's almost time to get high. 

CWU's final multi-state tour launches next week in Casper, Wyoming, taking my pal and I through Big Sky country and across the Rocky M...

July 19, 2017

I spent 23 days exploring our 49th state (plus a bit of Canada). Alaska is also our biggest state by far, so even with three weeks of touring I barely scratched the...

July 11, 2017

On my first full day in Alaska, I visited Juneau's superb State History Museum.

 Motivation and trepidation both presented themselves as I rolled around Alaska's cap...

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The Conversations With US project is based on the notion that there must be more to America than the typical refrain offered by politicians and cable news--that we are a nation divided. Is being at odds with one another really what defines us? Or is there another side to America--a common thread running along the Mississippi River and over the Rocky Mountains and through the forests of giant redwoods, connecting city streets with gravel farm roads? Readers can decide for themselves after meeting hundreds of Americans who shared their thoughts and stories with cycling journalist Chris Register as he pedaled a loaded touring bicycle some 16,000 miles across our nation. 

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My name is Chris Register. A few years ago I abandoned a professional career and  reliable daily shower in order to finish something I started years before: the Conversations With US project. I've covered 49 states in my quest to interview hundreds of Americans, and I'm now in the process of writing and publishing the multi-volume story of what I encountered and learned. 


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