TO SHAKE THE SLEEPING SELF: A JOURNEY FROM OREGON TO PATAGONIA, AND A QUEST FOR A LIFE WITH NO REGRET 🚴🌎
by Jedidiah Jenkins
✏✏✏✏ Fourteen thousand miles. The scope of a trip that long, on bicycle, is almost unfathomable. I started following Jenkins on Instagram back in 2014 when he was about half-way through his bicycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia, a trip that covered the West Coast of the United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. I've looked forward to reading his memoir to accompany so many of the amazing sights he regularly posted along his route, and I'd highly recommend that anyone reading this book also follow his photographic journey (begin with his post on August 28, 2013) as it adds another layer of realism. Plus, there's a few gems that aren't included in the book. As with any odyssey, Jenkins' is one filled with self-analysis (his familial relationships, his connection to God, and his sexuality) interspersed among the popped tires, hostel accommodations, cultural differences, language acquisition, and instant friendships that create the story. While reading this book, I often wondered more about the logistics of executing an adventure like this. Jenkins does address some of the unknowns, but I still wondered about them, like finding wifi, food, water, etc. In some cases, it seemed all very well-planned and in others, it was just sheer luck. There were also times I questioned his sanity. Would he and Weston (his travel companion) actually have embarked across the Darien Gap had they been allowed to do so?! I'm so grateful the military forbade them. My favorite aspects of his book were those that included the individuals he met along the way, the kindnesses given, and the friendships that were formed, despite barriers of language, ethnicity, and origin.
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