If you were watching Route 50 Monday morning, you may have seen Forrest “Frosty” Wooldridge passing through Clay County. Frosty is a self-described writer, speaker, and adventurer who is making his way across the United States by bicycle.
Frosty doesn’t seem as cowed by the monumental trek he’s undertaking, but that’s probably due to the fact that he’s done it before, eight times, he says.
“A couple of friends said, ‘Frosty, you’ve lived such a life of adventure, why don’t you write a book about it,’” Frosty said that idea became his book, “How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World.”
Frosty’s adventure credentials include cycling in near 100 countries, on six continents, over the course of 125,000 miles.
“I’m 65 years old and I’m trying to fill up my bucket list before I check out,” he says.
For those whose bucket lists are a little less, well, intense, Frosty says the book still has something for them.
Since writing the book, Frosty has been giving programs for REI and at High Schools, Colleges and Churches. He says that the response has been tremendous, both in young people and in people his own age.
“It helps them get out there and discover what their passions are,” said Frosty. “It covers everything you could possibly want to know about living a life of adventure. It’s lots of fun.”
Frosty’s trek takes him west-to-east, so he’s most of the way through his trip. Frosty says that those going the opposite way fight headwinds more than he will. “There’s nothing more debilitating to a cyclist than pushing headwinds.”
“I’ve always loved cycling. I was a paperboy from the ages of 11 to 18. I tossed my 80 papers, made a few bucks and loved to pedal,” Frosty said.
After college, Frosty became a teacher and got the bug again. “I had three months off every summer, but I didn’t have any money and the cheapest way to travel is on a bicycle. You can make big miles and see some great sights.”
Frosty’s book is available online as a softcover and for Kindle. His website is www.howtolivealifeofadventure.com.