Hardcover and audiobook of "Walk, Ride, Paddle"

An epic journey into the faraway nearby

Senator Tim Kaine's captivating memoir of his travels through Virginia's wilderness blends adventure, reflection, and political insight.

Walk, Ride, Paddle: A Life Outside

In 2019, Tim Kaine—Virginia Senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate—commemorated both his sixtieth birthday and his twenty-fifth year in public office by undertaking a three-part journey across the Virginia landscape as he hiked, cycled, and canoed across the state. His chronicle of the journey became an organic reflection of the extraordinary events occurring across America during that time, including impeachment trials, a global pandemic, growing racial protests, the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and more.

During weekends and in Senate recess weeks, Kaine—over a period of several years—hikes the 559 miles of the Appalachian Trail that cross Virginia from Harpers Ferry to the Tennessee border; bikes 321 miles along the crest of the Virginia Blue Ridge on the beautiful parkways built during the Great Depression to create jobs and give everyday people on the East Coast an accessible place to vacation; and canoes the entire James River—348 miles from its headwaters in the Allegheny Mountains to its entrance into the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, Kaine reflects on the monumental events that have shaped both his life and the world around him, sharing his deep love for the natural world and the importance of preserving it for future generations in a fascinating memoir that blends adventure, reflection, and political insight.

Written during the journey and with immediacy and honesty, Kaine pulls back the curtain to reveal his inner thoughts during such monumental times. Kaine’s storytelling gift and wise observations offer a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a seasoned politician and outdoor enthusiast.

Walk, Ride, Paddle is a captivating and compelling memoir of one man’s physical journey through the Virginia wilderness—but it is also a unique and ultimately optimistic perspective on these pivotal moments in history, offering inspiration, wisdom, and hope.

 

A compelling account of one man’s journey across hundreds of miles of Virginia wilderness and a moving testament to the optimistic spirit of America. 

 

Praise

“This book offers lessons for our own lives by traveling with Tim as he challenges himself through exploring his outer and inner worlds, offering much-needed hope for our future.” — HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
“A field guide for the soul. Thoughtful, winning, and wise, this book is a celebration of all it means to be human.” — ADRIANA TRIGIANI, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
“A beautiful and moving reflection on leadership, faith, and aging well.” — BETHY MACY, New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick
“Tim Kaine, channeling his inner Bill Bryson, takes us on a magical journey of discovery as he drills down to things that really matter.” — DAVID BALDACCI, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Edge

 

"This book offers readers lessons for our own lives by traveling with Tim as he challenges himself through exploring his outer and inner worlds, offering much needed hope for our future."

— Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

Virginia

Nature

Triathlon

 

 

Walk

559 MILES ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL 

Harpers Ferry to the Tennessee border

Ride

321 MILES ON THE CREST OF THE BLUE RIDGE

North Carolina border to Front Royal

Paddle

348 MILES ON THE JAMES RIVER 

Allegheny Mountains to Chesapeake Bay

Established by Tim Kaine in Walk, Ride, Paddle

The Virginia Nature Triathlon was created with support from:

 

"Quick, name a United States senator who can backpack the Appalachian Trail and sleep on the ground in a downpour, canoe through many miles of wilderness on the James River, and bike his way from one end of Virginia to the other. Tim Kaine has done all three while writing a beautiful and moving reflection on leadership, faith, and aging well."

—Beth Macy
New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick

Book Tour

May 20, 7 p.m.

with Jessica Bowser

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Virtual

Virtual

Free

May 25 at 2 p.m.

with Candice Millard

Kansas City Public Library: Central Library
14 W 10th St,
Kansas City, MO 64105

Kansas City, MO

Free; books for sale on-site

May 29 at 6:00 p.m.

with Adriana Trigiani

Columbus Citizens Foundation
8 E 69th St
New York, NY 10021

New York, NY

Ticketed; book included in ticket price

June 3 at 7 p.m.

James River Association
Virtual

Virtual

Free

More events announced soon

 

"Join a good man who has devoted his entire adult life to public service, as he humbly treks across Virginia on a quest to find the best in himself and in all of us. Read this book and walk, ride, and paddle right along with him. We will all be better for it."

—David Baldacci
#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Edge

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Hardcover and audiobook of "Walk, Ride, Paddle"

 

"Thoughtful, winning, and wise, this book is a celebration of all it means to be human, where movement, heart, and thought itself combine to make us God’s work of art. I will return to this glorious book in the years to come to shore up my soul."

—Adriana Trigiani
New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

Tim Kaine holding a copy of Walk Ride, Paddle

ABOUT Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine has served people throughout his life as a teacher, civil rights lawyer, and elected official. He is one of only thirty people in American history to be a mayor, governor, and U.S. Senator.

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