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The Road That Has No End: How We Traded Our Ordinary Lives For a Global Bicycle Touring Adventure

The Road That Has No End: How We Traded Our Ordinary Lives For a Global Bicycle Touring Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Tim Travis
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Tim and Cindie Travis shocked their friends and family as they unveiled their well though out plan. They had saved their money, quit their jobs, and sold most of their possessions; all in preparation for a global bicycle touring adventure. With only what they could strap on their bicycles and a meager budget, they set out to see the world. On the first leg of their journey the Travises rode through some of the most dangerous places in Mexico and Central America.

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Travelers call the road home, and our home is a road that has no end. Travelers wake to an itch, a need to trade the weight of material possessions, creature comforts and security for what is unknown, often uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. In exchange, they experience new cultures, see beautiful places the world has to offer, and learn about themselves in the process. The trade is well worth it. As you read this, I’m probably on the road.
I began my obsession with traveling in grade school. My father returned from a business trip in Germany with a wall map of Europe. I found it alluring that the map was entirely in the German language. My imagi-nation was sparked! Maps, globes and world atlases mesmerized me.
I scoured my middle school library looking for books about distant countries and cultures. I can remember playing a game at the library. I would spin the globe and shut my eyes. Then, I would stop it with my finger and see what country I had randomly selected. Next, I would look the country up in the encyclopedia and search for all of the books that I could find about it.
Soon the answers I was looking for were not to be found in Indiana. The cornfields of Indiana can be a long way from anything. Little did I know that some day I would be riding my bicycle through remote vil-lages in Guatemala or discussing politics with impover-ished farmers in Nicaragua. Patience is essential for a traveling man.

Born in 1966, I grew up in Greenwood, Indiana in a good home with two loving parents. I found my calling at the age of eleven when I became a cyclist. My par-ents were wise to nurture this instinct in me. I firmly believe that my involvement in cycling kept me out of serious trouble. I started riding bicycles in the mid-1970’s with a Campy five-speed bike, wool shorts and one of those funny leather helmets that cyclists wore back then. The bicycle racing movie "Breaking Away," hit the theaters and I quickly fell into racing. I was immersed in racing until I graduated from Indiana University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Competing on a bicycle taught me many things, including riding techniques and mechanical skills I now use in my daily life on the road. More importantly, racing taught me how far I could push myself physically. This foundation prepared me for a future full of biking in foul weather and endless moun-tain climbs.
Once I was finished with undergraduate school, I was free to roam. I left Indiana permanently and headed west. I traveled by bicycle and worked in several different states in the western US. I existed on the least amount of money possible. I drifted around looking for work in each town, saved up a little money and moved on. This may sound romantic; but in reality, it was difficult. This kind of living can exhaust even a young man. I learned the ropes of basic survival and hard living. Looking ragged and being treated as an outcast taught me much about society. Many people looked down on me because I looked poor. They did not judge me on my actions but the way I looked. A few people didn’t notice my appearance and saw me as an equal. This served as a strong reminder of a value I had always known: avoid bias based on appearances.
I settled in Arizona where the climate and moun-tains suited me. I lived in Prescott for ten years except for two years of graduate school at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. It was at NAU that I met Cindie’s twin sister, Cherie, and husband, Scott. They introduced me to Cindie who was living in New Mexico at the time.
Cindie was energetic and loved the outdoors. She was born in 1961 and grew up on the east coast. Cindie had previously attended NAU and finished with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1984. She was work-ing as a geologist in Albuquerque when I met her.
Cindie and I had a two-wheeled romance. When I met Cindie, she owned a mountain bike. Our first date was a mountain bike ride in Flagstaff. During this date, she crashed and bruised her knee badly. I helped her up and put her back on her bike. I wondered if she would finish out our ride or go home crying. She thought about quitting for a moment but, instead, finished the ride. Years later, Cindie told me this was a tender moment for her and explained that when I comforted her I encouraged her to do what she had previously thought impossible. This was a defining moment in our relationship for both of us.
Early in our relationship, I took Cindie on her first bike tour around the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico. I took the cheap way down, riding a bus to Cancun, and met Cindie in the airport well after dark. I unpacked her bike and assembled it. She asked if we were going to one of the famous beaches. She was excited to have a romantic getaway. I have never liked tacky beach resorts and told her that we were going in the opposite direction. Cancun is only an airport to me. She asked where we were staying for the night. I answered, "I will figure that out when we get there." She nervously followed me into the Mexican darkness. She must have trusted me a lot to have done this. We found a construction site and set the tent up. In the morning, we met friendly Mexican workers and over a long conversation shared our coffee. She saw that traveling could be more than glitzy beach resorts.
A few months later, she bought a used road bike. She learned to draft and ride pace lines on the roads of New Mexico.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3857 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Down The Road Publishing (25 Oct 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030T1VEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 1 Feb 2006
The is a superb travelogue about a couple who sold up everything to travel around the world. The book shows all the highs and lows and dangers of their (still ongoing)trip on two wheels.With some great photos too. This book is up there with the best of them-including the excellent "Miles From Nowhere" by Barbara Savage. My only gripe is that I have to wait untill the second installment of this mindblowing and thought provoking trip. A truly great piece of work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent 13 May 2007
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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 [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bike travel 8 Mar 2013
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Enjoyed the fly on the wall experience of following your adventures from beginning to end and will watch for further episodes. God luck and happy biking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Aug 2014
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Half way through and very engaging!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's just not that interesting..... 3 Jun 2010
By Nigel Pickard - Published on
You would think given the subject matter this would be a fascinating travel tale; let's just say it's miles from "Miles From Nowhere". The writing style is brusque, but perhaps most distressingly, lacks soul and the author's expression of emotion.

While I freely acknowledge I'm no author myself and have tremendous respect for those who do actually write a book, this is a commercial venture so I do want to review it as honestly as possible. I did manage to get through it, but I was left feeling very dissatisfied and as though no connection was made with the author as a person. I wanted to know the answers to questions -how did they feel? What were the doubts? How did they get on with each other? How was their interaction with the people around them? All these questions were never raised, never mind being answered. What did come from the book was a never ending series of generic descriptions of "We got up. We cycled through [insert country or region]. We ate [insert food]. We made camp at [insert camping area]."

I'm extremely surprised and puzzled by how many glowing reviews this book received as I gave this book to my neighbor and a friend -both of whom enjoy travel books immensely and without letting them know what I thought about it - and they echoed almost identical criticisms. If you can peek inside the book to see how it's written, do so. It may save you some money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 23 Mar 2007
By James Conboy - Published on
As a 59 year old cyclist whose bike tours are limited to the States I found this book to be very good. It took me places I will never go myself with a narrative style that made me feel as though I was with Tim and Cindie Travis. I greatly admire these two, the places they pass through in Mexico, and Central America often put them at risk but the rewards those places provided in terms of the scenery and people they met makes it all worthwhile for them and for their readers.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great bicycle touring books 28 Oct 2007
By Steve R Marks - Published on
I have to agree with other writers who have complained about the quality of the writing. I enjoyed reading it because the subject interests me. If you want to read some excellent books about bicycle touring in other countries try the following: "Spokesongs" by Willie Weir, "The Masked Rider" by Neil Peart, "Metal Cowboy" by Joe Kurmaskie, Odysseus' Last Stand" by Dave Sumboulis, or the classic "Miles from Nowhere" by Barbara Savage. Having commented on the less than stellar writing of this book however I would recommend going to their website where there is a wealth of information about the equipment they have used.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read worth experiencing 29 May 2005
By Charles DiBella - Published on
Tim Travis's book is an exceptional read. You'll be able to travel along with Tim and his wife Cindy down fabulous roads seldom explored and learn the ins and outs of how to get around in a world sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile. You receive tips not found in bestseller tour guides, and you'll find out where to go and where not. You'll learn to save money on everything from hotel rooms to local food on the steet, and you'll get the feel of what it's like to travel in the rough, on a narrow budget, along with high tech tools, combining the internet, laptop, and digital photography. Tim and Cindy have a detailed website you won't want to miss, chock full of even more tips, tricks, links, and photographs. They continue to make regular entries to journals, keeping you posted on where they are, and answering questions from a huge international audience. This is an 8 year trip around the world, and this book is the first of a long and exciting series. If you're planning to tour professionally anywhere, alone or with a friend, need the motivation to start, or just want to dream about high adventure, this is the book for you. You'll not only have the time of your life, but you'll make yourself two great new friends with Tim and Cindie. Packed with photographs, this book is a best buy!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A travelogue of two people who dared to live their dream 8 Jan 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The Road That Has No End is an amazing travelogue of two people who dared to live their dream, setting aside their ordinary lives to embark on a worldwide cycling adventure. Learning to live frugally on the road while maintaining an internet journal, they observed a religious pilgrimmage in Mexico, ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, survived the attack of a pesticide-spraying airplane in Guatemala and much more. Over 150 black-and-white photographs illustrate this enchanting journey past cultural differences, environmental hardship. Both travelers had to learn how to bribe border guards and avoid thieves, yet the majority of their experience with various cultures exposed misconceptions concerning daily life and motivations south of America's borders. A journey that was neither as dangerous as some fearmongers would claim nor as safe as the overly idealistic would lead one to believe, The Road That Has No End is a unique personal testimony especially recommended for armchair travelers or anyone considering an extended international bicycle tour of their own.
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