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Twenty Thousand Miles to See a Tree: An Around the World Bicycle Journey [Kindle Edition]

Cindie Cohagan
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Book Description

A fascinating travel story that takes you on one woman’s eight-year journey as she explores different destinations, cultures, religions, and finally her own inner transformation.

This interview-style book answers practical questions for all adventure seekers, but then goes on to probes deeper as Cindie explains why she left her life as a global nomad to settle down in the Himalayan foothills.

Cindie’s epic cycling quest begins as an external bicycle tour of the world, but as she physically covers thirty thousand miles across twenty-three countries on four continents she overcomes illness and inner fears, changes life careers, and becomes a Buddhist, proving that the ultimate journey was a spiritual pilgrimage leading to personal awakening.


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About the Author

Cindie Cohagan is a woman of many passions. After graduating with a degree in geology, she eventually went on to do high-level consulting work. When the opportunity to cycle the world presented itself at the age of forty, Cindie responded with enthusiasm and left her successful career to travel twenty-three countries and co-write three books with her travel companion, Tim Travis. Cindie has since written about her travels in China and now has condensed her travels into highlights, lessons and reflections. Cindie Cohagan lives in Dharamsala India, world traveler, writer/publisher, meditator, and a dreamer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2874 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985009683
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Drifting Sands Press (May 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KP0UD4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative July 3, 2014
By Jessie
Format:Paperback
"When we stepped out into the street the next morning it was still dark. Damp air hung heavy with moisture, as it always does just before sunrise. I enjoyed the morning silence as I took in a deep breath..."

A truly inspiring and informative narrative about one woman's journey to finding happiness and her own understanding of the world we live in. Her journey takes you from the impoverished villages of Guatemala and Cambodia to the outback of Australia and Canada. In her brief descriptions I find myself transported to her experiences, feeling every bump and turn along the way.

The book is written similar to an interview and can be read all the way through or leisurely examined for tidbits about everything from crossing borders and aquiring visas to the authors revelations about the beauty and brutality of life. The table of content is organized in a fashion that helps the reader to easily navigate the pages.

"I was so busy working overtime, paying bills, thinking about what to do next, and remember the past that I missed where I was, the present. I hadn't realized yet that we only have the moment, this time today; we don't know if we will have tomorrow."

A great read with some great themes to keep in mind, not just for world bicycle touring, but for the every day hard working man or woman as well!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Why would someone leave family, career, and friends to journey on a bicycle indefinitely around the world? Cindie writes from the heart and tells of the difficulties and unexpected rewards of setting out with her husband and doing just this. Toward the end of the book, also from the heart, she explains why she ended the journey after 8-1/2 years and the development of her spiritual journey.

The middle sections summarize the bicycle trip and explain in a question-and-answer format the highs and lows of people, places, and experiences of the long journey. This section isn't as compelling as the first and last parts, but still good reading. I love how she and Tim solved the problem of people asking them, "Do you have children?"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the books that I really enjoyed. That's one activity that I personally will not partake in, but I enjoyed reading about their trips and the many different places that they have been to. As she said; one can't stay the same and your outlook on the world is so much different.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars meh June 22, 2014
By Ripley
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This book is a little choppy. It reads like a science report instead of a narrative. Each chapter was bits and pieces of each country. I would have rather listened to the stories of each one, as arrived, and left. It seemed to be missing a few things. How did she decide to stay in India? Why convert to Buddhism? The title implies a spiritual experience, yet most of the book revolves around diet, and bits of interaction with people. I mean, minimal interaction. I really wanted to like this book, but something about it didn't feel right.

Finally, I was insulted by the final comments about being blessed to have lived in America, where women can get an education. An education does not necessarily merit financial freedom. She mentions her education being financially liberating, then follows it up by saying she only lives on what she can carry! Wtf? I have unemployed friends who are geologists... They are on unemployment, making two hundred forty US dollars per week. I dropped out of college, and I make more than the bulk of my family and friends. You are not special for going to school. Life experience is more valuable than sitting in a classroom being told what to think. Educated folk typically live in boxes. Luckily, her husband coaxed her out of the box. If anything, she should credit him for that. Never could understand entitlement with these people.

I am going back to Bruce Weber's Life is A Wheel, although I will likely read this again.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading June 22, 2014
By Happy
Format:Paperback
We bought this book on iTunes. This is the next chapter of the author's life story. If you want to get a real overview of a life off the regular path, you might want to check out her previous books too!
Looking forward to the next chapter!
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