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(see all 3 book)'s RoadNews Newsletter: The Divorce of Tim and Cindie Travis: Troubling times on the road
April, 2011 (Sent From Katmandu, Nepal)

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Where do I start? This is very difficult to explain especially since I do not understand it myself.

My last newsletter was written back in October ( I wrote that Cindie was taking a break to stay near the Dalai Lama, and we had plans of reuniting in three months. This is what she told me and I fully believed it until a few weeks later when I rolled into the small Nepali village of Limbini where I received an email from Cindie saying that she had flown to Arizona, hired a lawyer, and was pushing through a divorce as fast as she could.

To say I was floored would be an understatement. I never saw any of this coming. We never had a fight, no hitting, cheating or anything else to explain this. I was very happy and content being married and I thought Cindie was as well. I believe that marriage should be forever. I tried everything to save my marriage offered to stop traveling and settle down, stay in India, marriage counseling I was ready to do anything she wanted. But Cindie's mind was made up and finally I had to accept this.

Our divorce was complicated and very emotional for me. We have no children but we owned a house that we both loved and each wanted to keep very badly. We also had our online business to split and all the copyrights and royalties for our books to divide. We also had the normal things to divide like retirement plans and the few possessions we have in storage. The process was long and hard and sent me into a tailspin of depression, anger, and sadness for weeks. During the time I was so freaked out I could not eat and lost a full 50lbs.

I apologize that I can only tell one side of this story my own skewed impression. I wish that I could bring you Cindie's side as well. She is staying in Dharamasala to help the Tibetan people. I will always truly wish her well. She is a very smart and talented woman and I'm sure she will be a great help to the Tibetan cause.

During this ordeal, I was truly moved by all the support of my family and friends. I'm especially grateful to my sister, who poured out her unconditional love for me by rolling up her sleeves to help with the nightmare of negotiating a divorce from overseas. I felt like I was 18 again, standing on a beach in Florida with my backpack, calling my sister collect on a payphone to ask for advice.

I have been traveling most of my life. I made it work out that way and have no regrets. It started with living in my unheated van almost my entire senior year of high school. This is where I learned I can be tough, resourceful and survive all the difficulties that an uncertain life on the road can dish up - and even make it fun. The day I graduated from high school I departed on a hitchhiking trip that was as crazy as an 18 year old with a backpack could make it. My university years were spent bicycle racing but once I graduated I was again adrift. I rambled around on a bike solo, picking up temporary work from town to town. I settled in Arizona for awhile, but after a few years I was back on the road again with Cindie. The years we spent touring the world together are priceless to me. I wouldn't trade them for anything.

There are four things necessary for a traveling lifestyle - income, time, bike/equipment and being excited to see the next place. The first three items are usually the most difficult but I have had them for years. The fourth item is troubling me now. The big unknown at this point is if this rambling lifestyle will still be fun without a partner. I would be lying if I said I didn't seriously think about just giving up and going back to Arizona. The thought of moving back to my home in Prescott, is very comforting. The road is not always a kind companion and when things turn miserable I let my mind wander to Prescott and know I can have that whenever I want. I also thought about settling down to teach ESL for a year in a country like Taiwan or South Korea.

But as I write this from my rooftop bar in Kathmandu, Nepal, I realize that there is still so much of this part of the world I want to see. The Indian subcontinent is not easy to plan for because of the visa restrictions and the three month annual monsoon that shuts down travel. I'd like to be in Darjeeling for the monsoon, and time is short to make the ride. I'll stay on the road for now. Who knows? There are other wandering bicycle drifters around maybe the road holds more surprises for me.

Either way it is just me now. I hope all of you will keep following.

Tim Travis
Kathmandu, Nepal
Traveling Since 2002 + No Plans To Stop

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