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Aug 14, 2003
Hello from Peru:
Wow, we have been out of touch for a long time. We have just crossed the expansive and sparsely populated desert in northern Peru. Out in these open spaces was the beauty and tranquility of the desert that we both love so much. We have not been in the desert since well over a year ago in Northern Mexico. This area also contained some of the most impoverished people that we had seen to date. The most difficult roads do not climb mountains or head into the wind. The most difficult roads pass by hunger and disease. The greatest misery for me is slowly passing by these things. The country of Peru will make some hard hitting content for my next newsletter but this one is about the great nation of Ecuador. Ecuador has been one of my favorites so far.
This is a long letter. It covers so many kilometers and interesting events that it still seems to me short and inadequate. It is very hard sometimes to put into words the things that we experience down the road. I can guarantee that these letters take longer to write than they do to read. I hope that you enjoy it. I am always open to suggestions, praise, and useful criticism. This is how I become a better writer.
On July 25, 2003, Cindie and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Everyday I wake up and wonder how she puts up with me. Life on the road, with our budget, does not allow for a lot of fanfare. No little boxes with big surprises. We have moved beyond material extravagance and arrived at a higher level of being that does not dwell on the rat race and acquiring wealth. At least that is what I keep telling her, I am not sure that she is buying it but it saves a lot of money in the jewelry store. We have become content with the experience of seeing the world one kilometer at a time. She seems perfectly happy living free on the cheap. When I asked her what she wanted for her Anniversary she answered "I just want to ride". She is a true drifter. Besides, she can not wear expensive jewelry down here. That would attract trouble from thieves and create envy among the countless poor people we meet.
Our wedding was pretty simple as well. We were both working back then but we were still faced with the decision between a fancy wedding or a three week bike tour on our new tandem. Of course, we chose the bike tour. A little over five years ago I wrote Cindie a story about how a tandem bicycle is a bigger commitment than a diamond ring. That story and the pictures of our drive thru bicycle wedding, in Las Vegas are posted on our web page and can be found at the link below. True love could never be stronger.
Tim's Birthday is August 19th, he would love to get email from his family, friends, and anyone else he has met or written along the way.
Also we are still anticipating getting some great mail when we arrive in Cusco in a month or more. If you want to drop us a letter or postcard within the next month please send it to:
Tim and Cindie Travis
They will hold our mail until we get there.
Thanks. Cindie Travis
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