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(see all 3 book)'s RoadNews Newsletter: Back on the road and you are invited to our public appearances.
March, 5, 2009

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As you read this we are back on the road riding and camping in the desert.  The handful of rainy days these past three months has caused otherwise dormant wildflowers to pop up everywhere.  The sun is out and the temps range from 70F - 80F during the day and cools off dramatically at night; as dry climates do.  Cindie has the glow back in her eyes and is on the hunt for adventure; she is a child of the road.  We are home but not because we are in the USA or even Arizona, we could easily be anywhere on earth.  We are home because we are on the move, learning something new and free.  It's good to take a vacation but in the end home is the most welcoming.

We have several upcoming public events but the two biggest are a presentation and discussion with the Arizona Bicycle Club, Phoenix Metro Cycling Club, and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. The combination of these three groups in a city (metro area) of over four million people promises to have a big crowd.  If you are in the area please feel welcome to attend.  More information can be found at the link below

A couple weeks later we are having a similar event with the Tucson Greater Arizona Bicycle Club on April 6, 2009.  I will post more information on this event in the next newsletter.

I would like to thank my good buddy Neil, living on the Oregon Coast, who volunteered to make us a flyer.  He actually made it a few months ago for the Bike Expo at El Tour De Tucson where we handed out several thousand copies.  So, thank you very much Neil; your hard work really paid off by connecting us with several new friends who did not have time to talk at the event but did later through our web site.  You can see Neil's good work at the easily printed file linked to below.

Our travel plans are not set in stone but we have a good idea of what the next nine months will bring.  We will spend this spring riding north through Arizona and Utah visiting as many national parks as we can with our park pass.  We may get as far north as Yellowstone National Park, or not, but at some point we will start riding east across the USA.  Along the way we really want to make the famous recreational ride across Iowa called RAGBRAI before continuing on.  We hope to be on the east coast this fall to ride south from New York to Virginia before heading back west to visit my friends and family in Indiana before it gets too cold.  We are arranging more speaking events, book signings, and other public appearances along the way.  Stay tuned and we will make announcements here as dates become concrete.

After the holidays with my family we are not sure where to go next.  We know we need to go somewhere cheap because the recession is hurting us along with everyone else.  India/Pakistan/Nepal or Middle East/Africa are on the top of our list.  I am going to do more research on this and open it up for discussion in a future newsletter.

In closing, we wish all of our friends around the world who read our newsletter the best of circumstances as we all find ways to get through this terrible global recession.  Our list of subscribers has grown several fold to a incredibly huge number in the past year and we wonder if these hard times has created interest in the downsized and simplistic bicycle lifestyle.  Sadly from many of you we have heard of bad, even horrific stories of how these hard economic times in various countries has created hardship and deep sacrifices.  It really breaks my heart.  We, as a global community, are all affected and things may get worse before they get better.  Hang in there because better days are ahead.  Do what you need to do to get through this, be kind to each other, and be optimistic that this storm, like all the others, will pass and the sun will shine on all of us again.  Also, please remember those who were already impoverished before all this happened because while people living in rich countries may foreclose on a house or get a car repossessed the truly poor in undeveloped countries will literally face starvation. 

We feel very fortunate to be able to tighten the belt some and remain on the road.

Thanks and a big welcome to all the new subscribers.

Tim Travis

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