From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.
On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.
In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home.
A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
The Itch 1
Part 1 West Coast
Chapter 1 The Plan 13
Chapter 2 It Begins 22
Chapter 3 The Coast Is Clear-Northern California 34
Chapter 4 The Temptation of Home-Southern California 55
Part 2 Mexico
Chapter 5 Crossing into Baja 65
Chapter 6 Some Background as I Lose My Mind-Baja and My Childhood 91
Chapter 7 Cartels and Coconuts 106
Chapter 8 The Cathedral Sits on the Temple - Mexico City 121
Part 3 Central America
Chapter 9 What Happens If I Go Home?-Oaxaca and Christmas 137
Chapter 10 Harry Devert-Panama 161
Chapter 11 A New Continent-Crossing to Cartagena 165
Part 4 South America for the Most Part
Chapter 12 Cocaine and Cute Little Mushrooms-Cartagena and Medellin 175
Chapter 13 God on the Trail-Medellin to Salento 188
Chapter 14 Sex Hotels and here Comes Mom-Cali to Quito 200
Chapter 15 The Coldest Night-Quito to Cusco 216
Chapter 16 Empire Falls to Empire-Machu Picchu 232
Chapter 17 New Blood into Bolivia-Bolivia and Argentina 253
Chapter 18 All by My Argentina-Solo Down Argentina 259
Part 5 Patagonia
Chapter 19 Entering the Holy Land-Mendoza to Bariloche 275
Chapter 20 Alone in God's Most Obvious Work-The Carretera Austral 290
Chapter 21 Mom and the Mountain-Torres del Paine 299
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very well-wriiten account of a beloved young man's journey in which he demonstates a triumphant love of people, beauty, and truth.
I have never loved reading someone's book more. I laughed, I cried and I grew. Jed was able to put into words how so many of us feel. He opened my eyes to the magnificence of the world. His words pushed me to not be stagnant in life.