- Series: The Chronicles Series
- Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533269742
- ISBN-13: 978-1533269744
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Walkabout Chronicles: Epic Journeys by Foot (The Chronicles Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 9, 2016
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About the Author
Peripatetic traveler, Rob ‘Tor’ Torkildson, is a lifelong seeker and explorer who has worked and lived around the world for the past 30 years. Torkildson has tramped through the Amazon, over the Himalaya, and across the Sahara in his quest to experience sacred landscapes in over 120 countries. He has worked as a diver, commercial fisherman, ship navigator, customs and immigration expert, writer and publisher, a fixer in Africa, and as a vintner and owner of The Wild Hare Winery in San’t Alfio, Sicily. Torkildson has published three travel memoirs, a novella, and in such magazines as the Kyoto Journal, Beat Scene, Ripcord Adventure Journal, Canadian Mountain Journal, and Travelers Tales. Torkildson walks because he wonders. Despite having a university education Torkildson believes being out 'On the Road' has been his true education. Caroline ‘Siffy’ Torkildson is a geographer, cartographer, life-long star gazer, author, and book designer for Sacred World Explorations. She has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Madagascar, worked at two science museums, an international mapping firm, as a researcher for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and taught an introduction to the history of women explorers at Southern Oregon College, as well as astronomy at the Eisenhower Observatory. She has published a travel guide book, as well as a travel-memoir and is working on a book about the adventurer, Annie Smith Peck. She has published in Ripcord Adventure Journal and has won a Traveler’s Tales Solas Award. Torkildson has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from Humboldt State University in California, as well as a M.S. in geographic information science from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Sacred World Explorations is a small publishing company. We publish articles and books about adventure travel, the environment, spirituality, food and wine, sacredness, and far flung journeys around the world. Guiding and consulting upon request. Our destination is, in a sense, sacred, with the belief that certain voyages out, might become voyages in. Think of it as a sort of geo-poetic quest; the glint of an outer light reflected, or of an inner light revealed. Through our memory maps, we will navigate the sacred world, creating a web of connections from everywhere to everywhere.
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Don't be misled by the title of this book. It is not only for, or about, extreme long distance athletes or endurance walkers. It will be of interest, whether you are, a bus driver, burger-flipper, king, or president, anyone who has a dream, who has passion. It will be an inspiration to anyone who feels there is more to life, for within, you will read about people, not unlike yourself, who felt the same and took action. So, if your dream is to be a "Rock or Movie Star", save an endangered species, or be the best Mom or Dad in the world, take action. Thought manifested becomes reality! (Below, I have intertextualized the prologue from: "The Travels of Marco Polo".)
Doctors, Lawyers, and Indian Chiefs, and all people who wish to know about the various peoples and regions of the World, take this book, or download a version, and read it. For here you will find all the great wonders and curiosities of Asia, Africa, Europe, North, South, and Central America, and many other territories, as told to you by the Tribe Members of 'The Walkabout Chronicles', who have seen them with their own eyes. They will be related in plain order by these wise and noble citizens of the World. I will tell you that no other group of explorers, adventurers, scientists, and extreme distance walkers, have seen more of our planet's majesty and hidden places. For this reason Tor and Siffy Torkildson thought it a pity if a written record of these exploits were not made for posterity, so, they published this anthology of true accounts, that others may know and learn from this book of miracles.
~ Francis O'Donnell, author of "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo" a PBS companion book to the Emmy nominated documentary.