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50% Overstock Book Sale
It has been way to long since I sent out my last newsletter.
Those of you that follow our
know that we have spent the last nine months riding from Yuma, Arizona, across
the USA to DC, and we are now at my sister's house in Indiana. Last
summer's leg of our journey was very different than all the previous years
because we were also on the speaking circuit. This involved shipping books
ahead, pedaling faster than usual to get to the events on their dates, and
playing the star for a couple hours. Our last public appearance was two weeks ago and now we have settled into finishing our third
book which should be out this winter sometime after the holidays.
With all the printing and shipping of books we
had two boxes of our first book lost forever by the US
postal service and with US
Media Mail there is no insurance or recourse for compensation.
This is actually good news for you. our readers. During
our talks we sold most of our books in pairs. We now have two extra boxes of
our second book left over and are having a
big sale to equal up our inventory. Below is our blowout offer.
OFF OVERSTOCK SALE
For a limited time receive half off our 2nd book
Down The Road in South America
The perfect GIFT!!!
So, here I sit in Indiana for the time being. It has
been five years since I have seen my family which is always one of the hardest
parts of being on the road. There are the usual Travis family get
during the holidays but this time Crazy Uncle Tim and Aunt Cindie will attend.
A strange side show to our overdue visit is the large garbage bag
full of mail we have to sort through. Most of our financial affairs
are handled online but there is always a trickle of paper mail going to my
parents house while we are away. Cindie says she feels like a financial
archeologists sifting through bank statements and mutual fund prospectuses.
She discovered that during the years we were away the USA went through a huge
economic boom with offers to buy our house for ridicules prices and
pre approved credit cards. The most bizarre letters we received were from
our mortgage company offering us pre approved home equity loans including cards
where we just had to phone in to activate and then we had US$65,000 (and more
depending on the market value of our house) to blow. Please keep in mind
this bank made these offers to loan us huge sums of money while we were
homeless, drifting around the world, and without jobs. We have always hated debt and
would never accept these loans, even when we had professional jobs, but I have met
enough people in my travels to know many took these kind of loans and went on a
spending rampage that ended last year. The bigger the party the bigger the
hangover and as we rode across the USA last summer we saw a lot of people
nursing devastating hangovers. No wonder many big
banks went under and individuals are in financial ruin.
After our 3rd book is published this winter we have fairly
firm plans to fly to India to spend another five years visiting the subcontinent
and neighbors. Those of you who have followed us for awhile know
that unless we have actually acquired airline tickets our plans could change.
India is most likely next because we want to go somewhere we have not been yet and
that list is always shrinking. Another deciding factor is affordability.
The recession has cut into our little business and book sales are down about
30%. This reduced income made for some very hard traveling across the USA
last summer because we lost our ability to pay for campgrounds and camped most nights in
city parks once we were east of the Rockies and away from the National Forest. Our solution to weather the recession is
to find the cheapest region we have not visited yet and head there. India
and neighbors, being cheaper than Africa, The Middle East, and Eastern Europe is
most likely the clear winner. You will know we are doing well
when you get a newsletter sent from a country in Western Europe. But, until
then, we will probably cash in all of our frequent flyer miles for one way
tickets to New
Wishing you all a great holiday season.
Traveling Since 2002 + No Plans To Stop
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