Highways and Backstreets: Cycling solo across America

Highways and Backstreets: Cycling solo across America

by Klaus Komenda


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Klaus Komenda had achieved what he had fantasized about for years. He had moved to the United States, worked for a prestigious company in Silicon Valley, was able to afford the luxury German car and the one bedroom apartment in a gated complex with swimming pool, gym and manicured lawn.

Yet something was missing.

A chain of events turned his life upside down and made him question the path he was on. After much deliberation and hesitation, he decided to step off that path and go on an adventure.

Highways and Backstreets is the story about one man’s solo journey across the United States on a bicycle. In an effort to learn more about himself and the country he had called home for so many years, he rode 5,000 miles from San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C. It is a story about coming alive through adventure. He cycled across breathtaking scenery and serene country roads, while enduring intense heat, agonizing headwinds, gear breakdowns, thirst and hunger. But most of all, it is a story about human connections and the people he met while pedaling 92 days across the fourth largest country on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692061664
Publisher: Klaus Komenda
Publication date: 04/05/2018
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Originally from Vienna, Austria, Klaus had moved to Silicon Valley via London, UK, in pursuit of the American Dream. Before succumbing to the beckoning call of cross-country adventure and freedom, he worked as a Software Engineer for two sizable internet companies. Currently, Klaus calls San Francisco home. He is working on the future of online creative education at CreativeLive (creativelive.com), and continues to find interesting ways to explore the world on his bicycle.

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Ethan Goldblum More than 1 year ago
With inspiring photos and evocative vignettes, Highways and Backstreets takes you from sea to shining sea on two wheels. Whether you're about to embark on a transcontinental ride or just want to escape from the mundane, Klaus's storytelling and photography will transport you along his ride across the United States. Excellent and fun illustrations are sprinkled throughout the prose and photos. An inspiring read; great for any cyclist, explorer, or fan adventure travel writing!