Newly Published Book "The Next Great Thing" Celebrates Bikes, Books, and Better Living

Author Kevin Vrabel has published "The Next Great Thing," a book about a cross-country bicycle trip in which Vrabel and his nephews explored the power of daily exercise, healthy eating and feeding the mind and spirit through good books.
Sept. 4, 2012 - PRLog -- Denville, NJ author and resident, Kevin Vrabel, has published "The Next Great Thing," a book about the 2011 coast-to-coast bike ride Bikes, Books, and Better Living.  Vrabel and his nephews biked 3,111 miles from California to New Jersey exploring the power of daily exercise, healthy eating and feeding the mind and spirit through reading and writing.  They biked between 40 and 100 miles most days, and when not riding or preparing for the next day’s ride, they read “the best books by the best people about the best things in life”.  Each week, the riders stopped at a local library to participate in summer reading programs and share their message of healthy, balanced living.  

The book chronicles both the places they visited and the people they met along the way.  There are stories of daily adventures, some big and some small: being hugged by a wolf, losing a wallet, sharing the road with a world-class cyclist crossing the same country in 11 days, throwing a baseball with a boy in the desert, finding peace and freedom in hikes among the most stunning landscapes, discovering the heart and soul of small towns, and making connections with people at every turn.  It is the importance of those connections, and of living a purposeful life recognizing, nurturing and being available for those connections that is at the heart of The Next Great Thing.  “We all touch each other’s lives,” Vrabel says.  “We are constantly making memories with each other.  When we take the time to care for ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, we will be available for all the moments and then some.”

An electronic book version of "The Next Great Thing," priced at $9.95 is available for download at Smashwords at, or by vising and searching on The Next Great Thing.

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About the Author
Kevin Vrabel is a writer, coach, and owner/director of Snowbird Softball and Snowbird Lacrosse in Myrtle Beach SC.  Kevin has been cycling most of his life beginning as an amateur “stunt” rider, crashing his cruiser intentionally in front of the Hayward family’s home in hopes of gaining the attention of their daughter, Teresa. He has also raced as a USCF road racer and led tours in California and the Northeast.

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