Book Reviews for
That Has No End
How We Traded Our Ordinary Lives for a Global Bicycle Touring Adventure
David Thomson (Oregon, USA) November 5, 2007
Adventure travelling with Tim and Cindie
This is a terrific adventure story. Tim and Cindie Travis have one adventure
after another touring the world by bicycle. Unlike travel books that gloss over
much of the trip to focus on a few highlights, this book gets you into the day
by day travel adventure frame of mind. While several days might go by without a
headline event, I loved following along and wondering what was around the next
bend. The descriptions of people met along the way, and how they relate to
Americans and foreigners in general are wonderful.
F. Thomas "Touring Bicycle Lover" (Southern California) August 12, 2007
An Excellent Read and Source of Encouragement for Any Adventurer
A fascinating couple who have risked it all to step outside of the box and
launch an adventure of a lifetime. An interesting perspective of life on the
road on bicycles and the challenges met in countires across the globe. Worth the
time to read even if you never leave your easy chair!
Mark Redmond "The Book Bandit" (Winston-Salem, NC) August 11, 2007
No End In Sight!
The Road That Has No End is a great travelogue about adventure cycling at its
best: selling everything and traveling the globe on two wheels. What Tim and
Cindie Travis have accomplished, and continue at this very moment, is an
extraordinary feat by ordinary folks. If you want to know what it is really
like, and learn what it really takes to accomplish a goal such as theirs, I can
think of no volume more essential than this first installment in their
globe-trekking adventure. And the fun doesn't have to end there! They also
maintain an active web presence with regular photo and journal updates. I have
been following their adventures for years. I am looking forward to volume two.
I'm sure it will be as entertaining and informative as The Road That Has No End.
Chris Kinley August 10, 2007
Think of quitting your job, selling all your stuff and heading down the road
on your bike for seven or more years. Now multiply that by two and you have the
Travises. Tim and Cindie Travis, a couple from Arizona, USA have done just that
and continue to do it. Along the way they have maintained a comprehensive
website, taken hundreds of digital images, interviewed for radio and fed a
growing online community (www.downtheroad.org) with newsletters, emails and
daily journals. To add to the list of achievements, Tim has now penned a book -
The Road That Has No End covering the first year ('02-'03) of their journey.
This first instalment in a series takes the reader through the genesis and
preparation of this grand adventure, then the ride itself from their home down
through Central America. This volume under Tim's name is in travelogue format
with dates, places, and many digital photos. The experiences are often
contrasting and in the world of the cycling traveller - unavoidable. Travis
tells of robbery attempts, corrupt officials, vicious dog packs, vindictive crop
dusters, hail storms and the enigmatic `melon bombers'. Their travels however,
are not all dire. The people from Arizona to Panama are found most often to be
friendly, helpful and hospitable. The scenery, from deserts to beaches, lakes to
volcanoes, crowded cities to lonely canyons - a treat for their eyes - at 20km
per hour. With a plethora of travel books in print, Travis gives us the reader
an offering that most do not. When we read 'The Road That Has No End', whether
it be now or next month or next year, we know they're still out there, asking
directions, sampling the local delicacies, dodging iguanas and grinding their
way from country to country; always heading - down the road.
Brick Thomas "Brick" (Indiana) August 10, 2007
Ordinary people become great adventurers
This book is a first hand account of a fantastic adventure by "ordinary
people". The writing style is friendly and informative and by the end you will
find it inspiring. "Professional editing" may have made the book easier to read
but I found it refreshing to know that the person telling the tale was the
actual adventurer and not a suit in New York City. If you have bicycle toured or
plan to cycle into mexico, central or south american you will probably find this
book very interestng and helpful.
Bruce E. Layne (Lexington, KY United States) August 10, 2007
Living The Dream
Many people dream of taking an extended bike touring vacation. Others dream
of chucking the trappings of the modern world, getting on their bikes, and
riding wherever they want, whenever they want. Tim and Cindie are living the
dream. This is not a How-To book with a lot of details to help the reader plan
an international bike tour, although there is a lot of practical information
that can be learned from their extensive experience traveling abroad. Instead,
this is a book to entertain and inspire. Even if you don't sell everything and
start a new globe-pedaling bike nomadic lifestyle, The Road That Has No End
still contains much to motivate you to achieve whatever dream is important to
you. It can broaden your horizons and correct the myopia that most of us have
concerning our own lives. If Tim and Cindie can bike around the world and
experience all the geography and culture the world has to offer, what can you
The writing style is conversational and easy to read. I felt as if I met Tim
and Cindie by accident while touring and asked where they had been, and they
spent the next three hours telling me. This is the sort of book that could only
be written after such an intense and consuming personal experience as theirs,
spending years on the road, bicycling through country after country, and
overcoming hills, headwinds, cultural differences, language barriers, and
corrupt border guards.
I bought the audio book version and I loved it. I'm anxiously awaiting their
second book. I also enjoy their emails from the road. They're like getting a
vacation postcard from a friend, with interesting news and usually some audio or
video documenting their recent travels.
S R (Minnesota) August 10, 2007
Waiting for Volume II,
I love reading books about other people's travels by bicycle. I only wish I
had the presence of mind to put down my own trip to Russia ten years ago, while
it was still fresh in my mind. This book was totally enjoyable for me, except
for one minor point; The road my not have an end, but the book did! I want to
know what happened next! Of course I check the website, and get the newsletter
but I wish the book had gone on, or that there was a second book, or more. I
found it very readable, enjoyable and relaxing. Having some experience with
Latino culture, particularly Colombian and Mexican, I found the comparisons
between countries fascinating.
Alan N. Wechsler "chocolate invectives" (new york) August 10, 2007
Inspiring reading for any (armchair) adventurer traveler
The Travises are living the dream -- they've found a way to support
themselves by writing while spending up to 20 years traveling the world on
bikes. Travis, though not a writer by trade, has found his voice early on and
spins a yarn that captures the heart. The fact that this couple is still riding,
and will be writing about their adventures for years to come, makes the book
even more enjoyable -- as you read, you know they're still out there. Anybody
looking for inspiration, or a reason to get off their couch and go out somewhere
in search of adventure, should read this book.
Don E. Maceachern "Happy Listener" (Charlottetown P.E.I. Canada) August 10,
If you like to read stories about travel on a bike then this is the book for
you.I found it exciting and informative.It was like a diary between some friends
and that included me.I feel the book has two purposes.The first is to finance
their continuing travel and the second to to inform.You receive images from off
the main routes and interact with the locals.It is a must read.
Aristeidis Vagourdis (Athens, Greece) August 9, 2007
Probably the best travelogue I have ever read! I am into several sports
(diving, motorbikes, sailing) and travelogues is my favorite pastime read (both
on-line and in print). Tim Travis' book is enjoyable and captivating! It is very
realistically written and with a high level of sincerity with regard to their
experience and personal emotions. The introductory part (before departure) is,
also, adding much to the book. The risks associated with abandoning successful
careers and lives is probably the reason not everyone is out there chasing
secret dreams. Their path towards the decision, the preparation and the
departure is very originally written and actually gives the best insight of the
personalities that the reader will travel with for the rest of the book(s). One
singe point of criticism: I understand that the book is not a travel guide but I
think that colour pictures would be a great enhancement to the book. Looking
forword to their second book!
A. Ihnen (Saint Louis) August 9, 2007
A great book about real people on an amazing journey
Tim and Cindy Travis are two (somewhat) ordinary people who have managed to
ride their bicycles through, around and over several continents. These aren't
Navy Seals or NY Times travel writers. To me, this is what makes their travel
and this book so special. I follow their travels on the website
www.downtheroad.org and found the book to be a great supplement to their updates
and videos. Buy the book - enjoy the story and support adventure!
P. A. Power (UK) 13 May 2007
Excellent, excellent, excellent
Tim and his wife Cindie left their home in the US in 2002 to cycle around the
world and this book is their first journal recording their life on the road.
Unlike other cycle touring books, this book really does tell it as it really is,
warts and all. Inspirational and informative, it's a real page turner packed
full of over 150 photographs taken on their journey. Tim and Cindie are still on
the road on their bicycles and are at the time of writing this review, they are
exploring Australia. An amazing story of two people who've swapped the dreary
nine-to-five routine for a life of adventure and exploration. I've read this
from cover to cover and as the other reviewer said, my only complaint with this
book is I'm still waiting for the next edition! You can catch up with their
latest news on their website www.downtheroad.org
James Conboy March 23, 2007
A Great Read!
As a 59 year old cyclist whose bike tours are limited to the States I found
this book to be very good. It took me places I will never go myself with a
narrative style that made me feel as though I was with Tim and Cindie Travis. I
greatly admire these two, the places they pass through in Mexico, and Central
America often put them at risk but the rewards those places provided in terms of
the scenery and people they met makes it all worthwhile for them and for their
Joe V "Joe" (Florida) March 8, 2007
A wonderful read
You do Not have to be a cyclist to enjoy this fantastic adventure. I Can't
wait for their next addition. It is very uplifing and shows many times the good
in our species.
B. Tanner (NC, USA) February 18, 2007
Wow - what an exciting read! I really don't understand all the people here
who are complaining about the writing style. They're missing the point entirely.
These are *cyclists*, not English professors. The sheer amount of adventure in
this book more than makes up for any grammar faux pas. The way Tim relates the
stories makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all. Some of
the things they experienced are just incredible. If you like adventure, get this
book - you won't regret it!
Joseph Bouwman November 1, 2006
An excellent adventure
I have read numerous books on cycling adventures but The Road that has no End
is the single best book combining a practical guide for cyclists and a story of
adventure for all readers. Tim provides in-depth discussions of why they are
travelling and how they changed their "ordinary" lives in a practical and easy
to read manner. The struggles and hardships combine with the simple joys they
experience on a daily basis. Cyclists can easily relate to the frustrations of
biking against a strong headwind or up long mountains and at the same time,
share the simple pleasures of watching a sun set or trying to communicate in a
strange language. This book is for everyone with any interest in adventure and
as an avid reader of these books, I highly recommend it without any reservation.
My only disappointment came when I finished it and have to wait until his next
book comes out.
Gerard Carton (UK) February 1, 2006
The is a superb travelogue about a couple who sold up everything to travel
around the world. The book shows all the highs and lows and dangers of their
(still ongoing) trip on two wheels. With some great photos too. This book
is up there with the best of them-including the excellent "Miles From Nowhere"
by Barbara Savage. My only gripe is that I have to wait until the second
installment of this mindblowing and thought provoking trip. A truly great piece
Reba J. Hoffman (Florida USA) January 21, 2006
The greatest book I've ever read! Tim and Cindie paint an inspiring portrait
of adventure, compassion and hardship that captures the pioneer spirit. I have
now traveled throughout Central America, albeit vicariously through their
bicycling adventure. It is a compelling drama that touches the very core of the
human need to explore unseen lands. Marvelously written! Captivating!
This is a must read for cyclotourists and book enthusiasts of all genres.
Charles DiBella (Big Island, Hawaii) May 29, 2005
A great read worth experiencing,
See all my reviews Tim Travis's book is an exceptional read.
You'll be able to travel along with Tim and his wife Cindy down fabulous roads
seldom explored and learn the ins and outs of how to get around in a world
sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile. You receive tips not found in bestseller
tour guides, and you'll find out where to go and where not. You'll learn to save
money on everything from hotel rooms to local food on the street, and you'll get
the feel of what it's like to travel in the rough, on a narrow budget, along
with high tech tools, combining the internet, laptop, and digital photography.
Tim and Cindy have a detailed website you won't want to miss, chock full of even
more tips, tricks, links, and photographs. They continue to make regular entries
to journals, keeping you posted on where they are, and answering questions from
a huge international audience. This is an 8 year trip around the world, and this
book is the first of a long and exciting series. If you're planning to tour
professionally anywhere, alone or with a friend, need the motivation to start,
or just want to dream about high adventure, this is the book for you. You'll not
only have the time of your life, but you'll make yourself two great new friends
with Tim and Cindie. Packed with photographs, this book is a best buy!
Bob Spear Heartland Reviews May 11, 2005
Imagine you and your spouse have decided to sell everything you own to buy a
couple of touring bikes and everything you will need to peddle down the road and
around the world. That is what this author and his wife did after seven years of
planning and preparation. This volume is about the first leg of their journey:
from Arizona through the length of Mexico and on through Central America. They
intend to travel on through South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It is a
heartwarming and terrifying tale he tells. The most important aspects is how he
developed street smarts and how people keep surprising him with their goodness.
We rated this book a high three hearts.
P. Anderson May 1, 2005
A super fast and easy read.
This book is a great read for anyone considering a tour in Latin America. The
book goes a long way toward dispelling many myths about Latin America. Tim and
Cindie went into Mexico on bicycles with little to no ability to speak Spanish
and yet got along with the people there very well. The portion of their trip
depicted in this book was a very positive cultural exchange. The book really
gives the reader the feeling of "I can do this." In support of their book and
travels the author maintains an interesting web site and is very accessable to
readers that have questions. If you read the book you will find yourself
daydreaming about "your" adventure and anxiously waiting for Tim and Cindie's
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA), January 8, 2005
A travelogue of two people who dared to live their dream.
The Road That Has No End is an amazing travelogue of two people who dared to
live their dream, setting aside their ordinary lives to embark on a worldwide
cycling adventure. Learning to live frugally on the road while maintaining an
internet journal, they observed a religious pilgrimage in Mexico, ancient Aztec
and Mayan ruins, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, survived the attack of a
pesticide-spraying airplane in Guatemala and much more. Over 150 black-and-white
photographs illustrate this enchanting journey past cultural differences,
environmental hardship. Both travelers had to learn how to bribe border guards
and avoid thieves, yet the majority of their experience with various cultures
exposed misconceptions concerning daily life and motivations south of America's
borders. A journey that was neither as dangerous as some fear mongers would claim
nor as safe as the overly idealistic would lead one to believe, The Road That
Has No End is a unique personal testimony especially recommended for armchair
travelers or anyone considering an extended international bicycle tour of their
Reviewer: Alice Klein of Sime-Gen website
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/list/579360.html December 15, 2004
As a fellow traveler, albeit in the comfortable
driver’s seat of my motor home and not the back of a bike, I admit I was
intrigued when offered the chance of reviewing [The Road That Has No End] by Tim
Travis. I was not disappointed.
The reader follows the travels of Tim and his wife, Cindie, as they sell most of
their worldly possessions and start off on a proposed seven year bike journey
from Prescott, Arizona to see the world. This particular book
details the first leg of their long journey from
home through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and, eventually,
Panama. One feels the entire gamut of emotions as their story unfolds. Some
incidents are funny; some sad and some downright dangerous. What did they learn
on this trip? Tim describes it best. “We learned the true nature of ‘poverty’
and how the meaning of ‘happiness’ is as individual as the people we met…”
book is for anyone who likes to visit different places and cultures…both the
active traveler and the “armchair” adventurer. I can hardly wait to read the
next installment in their personal odyssey. Until then, Tim (and Cindie,
Reviewer: Barb Kates, The Corner Book Store, Winterset,
Iowa, December 14, 2004
The Road That Has No End, by Tim Travis
Tim and Cindy Travis decided to live their dream. They
worked at their respective jobs in Prescott, Arizona, diligently saving money
for the day when they could set out on the journey of a lifetime – on bicycles!
They prepared by ridding themselves of all things that the average couple would
consider necessary to own. They prepared a budget for the life they would lead
on the road.
They biked south through Arizona, into Mexico, and kept
riding south into Central America. Tim and Cindy’s riveting account of their
travels depicts a life south of the border about which we know very little.
Their travels took them on roads not well-traveled, through
tiny villages and larger cities. They crossed many borders, dealt with many
border guards, and learned to guard their belongings closely to avoid theft. In
Mexico they learned to speak Spanish so that they could converse with indigenous
people in all the countries they traveled. They spoke with the native people,
learned their customs, and observed their celebrations.
They biked up and down miles and miles of narrow roads.
Your legs will hurt just reading about the agony they went through pedaling up
hills in extreme heat, rain, and wind. You’ll be scared too when you read about
the strange sounds outside their tent at night. You’ll admire their stamina,
their determination, and their inquisitive minds.
The book has many photos of their trip, and is a quick
read. Enjoy it! Maybe you’ll be moved by the spirit to do something like Tim and
The Corner Book Store
Reviewer: Linda B. Jenkins, November 28, 2004
I've tucked 'The Road That has No End' away as a Christmas present for my
husband but couldn't help but take a peak at some of it before wrapping it. I
thought, reading many of the emails I would have 'read it already' but I was in
for a surprise. I can't wait for my husband to share it more fully with me.
Since I've been in many of the places covered in this book I look forward to
revisiting them through Tim & Cindy's eyes and experiences. The writing is so
well done it feels one can almost have the experience without the hardships.
Thank you for giving me such a perfect Christmas present to give to a man who
biked with his daughter from San Francisco to Los Angeles and then biked from
the San Francisco Bay area to Ashland, Oregon with a bunch of Rotarians. What a
ride.....what a read! Thanks again.
Linda B. Jenkins, RN
[email protected] www.birthprep.com
Reviewer: Kathy Saunders, November 2, 2004
"The Road That Has No End" . . . and what a ride it is! From the time I began
receiving Tim and Cindie's email journals, I couldn't wait for the book. I've
been given the gift of travel without leaving home, and I didn't want the book
to end. The bonus is that their narrative doesn't just give you the Fodor's
version . . . you get the "real" tour. -- Kathy Saunders Prescott, AZ., USA
Reviewer: Matt Harper, November 1, 2004
Sadly, I must report that I am finished with
"The Road that Never Ends." Sad because of how engrossed I was in the book. I
didn't want it to end. It was such a fascinating read that I couldn’t put it
The book is a terrific mix of
travelogue and philosophy. I suppose that in that philosophy I was reminded of
Henry David Thoreau, his love of nature and the world outside our safe, well
" ... But alone in the
distant woods or fields, in unpretending sprout-lands or pastures tracked by
rabbits, even in a bleak and, to most, cheerless day, like this, when a villager
would be thinking of his inn, I come to myself, I once more feel myself
I thus dispose of the
superfluous and see things as they are, grand and beautiful..."
Journal, January 7, 1857
This book takes that feeling
of being "grandly related" to another level. Indeed, I was taken by the depth
of feeling that flowed from the pages. Other books of this kind come across as
somewhat dispassionate in their delivery. They seem to be more of a personal
testimonial only. This is not true in “The Road That Never Ends.” The book
draws the reader into the travels to the point that you feel as though you can
feel and taste everything. Even though this book is more descriptive than
others, the text is what makes the reader feel more a part of the experience. It
is infused with an indefinable element that is hard to quantify. I definitely
felt more a part of the book “The Road That Never Ends” than I have other
adventure books I have read.
I certainly hope that this is
only the beginning book in a series. If this is so, I can’t wait to read the
next installment. It was truly a rare and engaging book to read. Thank you for
making our lives a bit richer for your experiences. Matt Harper