Breathtaking: How One Family Cycled Around the World for Clean Air and Asthma

Breathtaking: How One Family Cycled Around the World for Clean Air and Asthma

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Come along on our bicycle journey around the world!

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Beautiful Vistas Along the Way

In North Dakota, the wind finally became a tailwind, and we were able to enjoy the stunning vistas along the Missouri River.

The Journey Continued, Rain or Shine

We had some miserably rainy days. Here we are in the bush of Australia, where you would least expect it.

Camping in Farm Fields

We often camped in farmers’ fields. At this German farm, the friendly farm and his wife not only let us camp but also let us use their shower and gave us breakfast!

Excerpt: Lost & Found, Day 197—Shikoku Island, Japan

The road to Shosanji wound, silent and cool, beneath a dark forest of black pine trees. Swish, swish, our bicycle tires rolled in a soothing hum over the pavement with no other sound but the occasional call of birds and the soft croak of frogs to interrupt the deep evening peace settling on this hauntingly beautiful mountain valley. After a few kilometers, the road turned upward, slithering back and forth like a long green snake as it crept toward the mythical temple of Shosan-Ji.

In the fading light, the shadows of the trees grew longer, stretching across the road and down into the thick tangle of vines and ferns cascading to the valley below us. Faintly in the distance, an even, hollow sound echoed from above us. Klock. Klock. Klock. The wooden beat reverberated through the shadowy trees, growing louder as we pushed forward. Klock. Klock. Klock. Suddenly the road narrowed and angled straight up. I ratcheted the gears down quickly, pushing hard on the pedals as Anya and I wobbled into a tight curve. And then, without warning, Shosanji rose in front of us, the ancient temple’s curved, gray tile rooftops etched starkly against a thin, milky sliver of daylight receding on the horizon beyond. In front of the temple, an enormous wooden entranceway loomed, perched like a gigantic Greek letter π at the top of the mountain. Gazing through the gateway to the silent complex of sweeping pagodas and stone statues, I wondered if we hadnt just pedaled into an ancient Japanese fairy tale.

Klock, the mysterious rhythm beat out once more. Behind the massive entryway, a set of worn stone steps wove their way to a large water-filled urn. A hollow bamboo reed slowly filled it with water. It paused, tilted, then swung against the black metal edge of the basin. Klock, the reed reverberated across the silent evening.

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Dirt Roads and Tough Rides

Much to the detriment of our bicycle wheels, dirt roads became more and more common as we entered eastern Europe. Carved wooden poles by the side of the road were a common sight in Lithuania.

Welcoming Hosts

The Ebers in front of a ger they shared with a Mongolian herdsman family for the night.

Learning Along the Way

We stayed in this Latvian farmhouse on a cold October night. It had a large tile fireplace that heated the entire house beautifully, but there was no running water, and Yvonne had to fetch water from the icy well in the morning.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Falcon Guides (June 15, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1493064312
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1493064311
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.21 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.09 x 0.82 x 9.04 inches

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