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Alan N. Wechsler "chocolate invectives" (new york) August 10, 2007
Inspiring reading for any (armchair) adventurer traveler
The Travises are living the dream -- they've found a way to support themselves by writing while spending up to 20 years traveling the world on bikes. Travis, though not a writer by trade, has found his voice early on and spins a yarn that captures the heart. The fact that this couple is still riding, and will be writing about their adventures for years to come, makes the book even more enjoyable -- as you read, you know they're still out there. Anybody looking for inspiration, or a reason to get off their couch and go out somewhere in search of adventure, should read this book.
Don E. Maceachern "Happy Listener" (Charlottetown P.E.I. Canada) August 10, 2007
If you like to read stories about travel on a bike then this is the book for you.I found it exciting and informative.It was like a diary between some friends and that included me.I feel the book has two purposes.The first is to finance their continuing travel and the second to to inform.You receive images from off the main routes and interact with the locals.It is a must read.
Aristeidis Vagourdis (Athens, Greece) August 9, 2007
Probably the best travelogue I have ever read! I am into several sports (diving, motorbikes, sailing) and travelogues is my favorite pastime read (both on-line and in print). Tim Travis' book is enjoyable and captivating! It is very realistically written and with a high level of sincerity with regard to their experience and personal emotions. The introductory part (before departure) is, also, adding much to the book. The risks associated with abandoning successful careers and lives is probably the reason not everyone is out there chasing secret dreams. Their path towards the decision, the preparation and the departure is very originally written and actually gives the best insight of the personalities that the reader will travel with for the rest of the book(s). One singe point of criticism: I understand that the book is not a travel guide but I think that colour pictures would be a great enhancement to the book. Looking forword to their second book!
A. Ihnen (Saint Louis) August 9, 2007
A great book about real people on an amazing journey
Tim and Cindy Travis are two (somewhat) ordinary people who have managed to ride their bicycles through, around and over several continents. These aren't Navy Seals or NY Times travel writers. To me, this is what makes their travel and this book so special. I follow their travels on the website www.downtheroad.org and found the book to be a great supplement to their updates and videos. Buy the book - enjoy the story and support adventure!
P. A. Power (UK) 13 May 2007
Excellent, excellent, excellent
Tim and his wife Cindie left their home in the US in 2002 to cycle around the world and this book is their first journal recording their life on the road. Unlike other cycle touring books, this book really does tell it as it really is, warts and all. Inspirational and informative, it's a real page turner packed full of over 150 photographs taken on their journey. Tim and Cindie are still on the road on their bicycles and are at the time of writing this review, they are exploring Australia. An amazing story of two people who've swapped the dreary nine-to-five routine for a life of adventure and exploration. I've read this from cover to cover and as the other reviewer said, my only complaint with this book is I'm still waiting for the next edition! You can catch up with their latest news on their website www.downtheroad.org
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