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Turn Left, Go 50,000 Miles, Arrive at Departure: My 1977 Trip Around the World on $35.00 a Day Paperback – May 9, 2013


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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484015649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484015643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Hayward was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family of five lived in a one bedroom, railroad flat in a blue collar neighborhood where workers were paid little but little was enough to pay for food, shelter, and clothing. Upon graduating college Joe became a teacher to avoid the draft and Vietnam. He felt guilty, however, waived his deferrment, and asked the Army to draft him; done. He was offered three years as a lieutenant or two years as a private. It would be Pvt. Hayward, sir. He was lucky. Trained as a medic, he was sent to Europe for two years. During those two years, 1967-1969, Joe traveled at least once to every country in Western Europe and put 100,000 miles on his VW bug. Travel with all its adventure became a never ending journey. There was always something else around the next corner and the next. After two years in the Army (1967-1969) Joe was discharged and he intentionally returned to teaching, this time doing the right thing for the right reason. In 1976, after seven years of teaching, Joe was awarded a sabbatical, with pay. Between the awarding of the sabbatical (October 1976) and the start of the sabbatical (January 1977) Joe finished writing all the curriculum material he said he would write. What to do? A trip around the world was born. Joe figured that if he concentrated on Third World countries he could sustain himself for many months through Asia, Middle East, Africa, and South America. He was right. A trip was born and thirty-six years later a book was born. Upon returning from his trip, Joe married the woman who he wrote to nearly everyday, Carol. They reared three terrific boys, now all men: Michael (1980), Nicholas (1982), and Christopher (1985). In October 2012 they welcomed their first grandchild, Emma Elizabeth. Joe had one more big trip in him. In 2005 he flew to Seattle, bought a bicycle, and pedaled back to New York, over the Cascades and Rockies and through prairies, hill country, and farmland. Joe had a goal, to average 100 miles a day. He biked for 37 days and traveled 3,700 miles. After years as a teacher, director, and principal, Joe is now retired and living in Southampton, New York.

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Let me open by saying I met the author and was given the book. This in no way influences my opinion, could easily have remained silent. I am reviewing this because Amazon readers will enjoy it.
A first rate account by the older man recalling his younger self traveling to all the places any self respecting tourist would avoid. Joe Hayward gives us an account of a man purposefully biting off more than he can chew. He not only travels to Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan and many other garden spots, he travels on a backpackers budget. Somehow he seems to enjoy himself, and with a beautiful writing style we get to join him. Besides erudition there is humor and an honest account of his triumphs and defeats. Travel books don't often give us a viewpoint like this; a man pivoting between a conventional life and a footloose existence, living by your wits in flea bag hotels and third world transportation. The life of daily surprises, for good or ill, making friends with the locals and the other backpackers from everywhere - always looking forward to the next stop, this can be a heady wine. Suspect that the pull of the open road was countered by the letters from home especially Carol 's, his future bride. Being a traveler and having read many travel books, this ranks up there with the best - a page turner. It is hard to imagine turning out a better book that doesn't veer off into something else - travel writers who get caught up in overly poetic descriptions comes to mind. Generous use of photos and a literary device of interrupting the narrative with other snippets of travel worked surprisingly well. I think Mr. Hayward could give us another book on his 100 mile a day bicycle trip across the USA. If he does I promise to pay for it.
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