Roaming Through South America on a Spontaneous Journey

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First Place Book Award

First Place Award

Nonfiction > Memoirs - Travel


Life doesn’t come with a roadmap…And this is not a guidebook CORY MORTENSEN rode his bike from Chaska, Minnesota, to California. The experience ultimately changed his perspective on how life could be lived. So, rather than returning home after his adventure—back to the life unwanted—and equipped with absolutely no plan and nothing tying him down, he makes a simple phone call to quit his career and hitchhike south along the Pacific Coast Highway. Destination unknown. Sounds like a pretty good idea. One minute, I’m sitting in a cubicle, and the next, I’m haggling over a room in the Andes in a location of the world I never even knew existed. Where does a guy go when he has no place to be? Passport, tent, sleeping bag, and a favorite pair of Chaco sandals—enough gear for meandering from the Mexican border to the southern tip of South America, right? Forty-hour bus rides, Mayan Ruins, five-dollar tattoos, mountain biking down the Road of Death, a little dynamite?