In this book I share with you my deepest passion in life: traveling the world—especially by bicycle. For me, a bicycle represents more than just transportation. It’s a symbol of my independence and my freedom. My bicycle is the steel stallion that has taken me on adventures through many far-flung nations. Since my teenage years, I’ve really enjoyed being outdoors, on my own, and discovering new places and meeting new people on my trusty two-wheeler. The desire to explore the world has remained my passion for a very long time. Since those teenage years I have visited over 130 countries on 7 continents, using over 25 different modes of transportation—including the efficient bicycle. I have pedaled well over 100,000 miles and experienced more than 100 cultures in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In this book I share with you stories about numerous long-distance jouneys that I have made in different areas of our wonderful world. You will learn about how I prepared for these trips; some of the mechanical problems that I experienced; how I coped with inclement weather; who I met along the way and how they affected, changed and inspired me; a description of some fascinating places that I visited; some personal dangers I encountered and how I dealt with them; what I thought and felt during moments of joy and sorrow; and what I learned about life and myself.
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About the Author
Jim Hendrickson is a retired Professor of foreign languages. He speaks English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese as well as smatterings of many other languages. Jim has published more than 60 foreign language textbooks as well as articles on psycholinguistics. He has taught at all educational levels: elementary school, high school, adult education, community college, college, and university. He has taught in California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington. He worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Bolivia and Chile, and a Language Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize. Jim has traveled in over 150 countries and looks forward to visiting others in the near future.