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Jim Hendrickson is a retired Professor of foreign languages. He speaks English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese as well as smatterings of many other languages. Jim has published more than 60 foreign language textbooks as well as articles on psycholinguistics.
He has taught at all educational levels: elementary school, high school, adult education, community college, college, and university. He has taught in California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington. He worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Bolivia and Chile, and a Language Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize.
Jim has traveled in over 130 countries and is an avid long-distance tour bicyclist. He has cycled extensively in the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Australia, and on various islands in Oceania.
on Nov. 26, 2013 :
A Destination Too Far
Not all trips work out as planned, and this story shows how a bicycle ride can become too difficult. He did this trip on a recumbent bicycle, so his story will be of special interest to riders of these machines.
Jim enjoys telling people that he is riding from Washington state all the way across the USA and then across Europe to Israel. Unfortunately he inevitably runs into terrible wintry weather in eastern Europe and Turkey, so has to take public transport and arrives in Israel burned out, rather than elated to reach his goal. The obvious solution would have been to do this ride in two stages, the USA one year and Europe-Israel the following year, but Jim was determined to do it all in one go. So this is a good narrative of a long bicycle ride, but doesn't have a happy ending. For happier stories, I recommend any of Jim's other books here on Smashwords.
(reviewed long after purchase)