IN THE LONG RUN: A Hopeful World Odyssey
Welcome, my friend, to three sample chapters from my book… the true story of my two-year journey around the world, solo, on motorscooter Melawend to promote friendship and communication – what would also become a profound education in the world and the self. (The e-book version will be coming out soon!)
(NOTE: All text and photos and related html etc., are Copyright © Thomas Martin Smith)
Here is what Ewan McGregor had to say about the story in a hand-written blurb he gave to me (together with a note of kindred spirits):
“My two trips by bike were amazing and life changing but short compared to Tom’s two-year travelling extravaganza! One Man, One Scooter, One Hell of a Ride!”
Before we begin, here’s a suggestion on how you can get the most out of the story to help you in your own life. As you read along, imagine YOU are making this life-changing journey with me. Learn from my successes and efforts, luck and misadventures. Think about how you would have done things – the same or differently. Then see parallels with things you are facing in your own life. Use what you learn in this story to find and implement strategies to improve your own journey through life.
STAY TUNED! Based in large measure on benefits of this life-changing journey as well as much I’ve experienced and learned in life – I’m busy creating products and programs to better help you on your continuing life odyssey!
For now, please welcome this story as a 29-country, 35,000-mile land journey you can make vicariously… yet one that is not so much terrestrial as it will also be very real for you – in cerebral, spiritual, emotional, and indeed, life-changing ways.
Let us begin!
First, you will see the Table of Contents to give you an idea of the book overall. Chapters 1, 23 and 24 follow in full.
Table of Contents
Part I Trial Run
Chapter 1 Crossroads
Chapter 2 Of Home and the River
Chapter 3 Never Over the Falls
Chapter 4 The Golden Horseshoe
Chapter 5 Capital Wonders… and Blunders
Chapter 6 The French Connection
Chapter 7 Eastern Passage
Part II Great, Great, Great Britain
Chapter 8 White Cliffs and Castles
Chapter 9 Hay Days on Tir Mawr
Chapter 10 Roots and Revolution
Chapter 11 South Stack, Snowdonia and Soggy Sheep
Chapter 12 Bagpipes and Highland Rains
Chapter 13 Of the BBC and the North Sea
Part III Scandinavian Serenity
Chapter 14 Norwegian Highs and Lows
Chapter 15 Fallout in Nostalgic Sweden
Chapter 16 Danish Delights
Part IV Along European Lines
Chapter 17 Benelux and the German Factor
Chapter 18 Alpine Bliss
Chapter 19 PARIS: Beauty and the Bombs
Chapter 20 Spanish Heroes
Chapter 21 Riding the Rivieras
Chapter 22 The Eternal City and the Holy Father
Chapter 23 Sojourn in Greece
Part V Shades of Africa
Chapter 24 The Ups and Downs of Egypt
Chapter 25 Crossroads of Khartoum
Chapter 26 Of Man and Beast: A Story of Kenya
Chapter 27 Out of Africa… A Passage to India
Part VI A Passage Through India
Chapter 28 BOMBAY: Britannia, Bureaucracy and Beggars
Chapter 29 O.P. and the Taj Mahal
Chapter 30 Diplomacy in Delhi
Chapter 31 Holy Ghats of the Ganga Ma
Part VII Himalayan Times In The Kingdom of Nepal
Chapter 32 The Emerald Waters of Pokhara
Chapter 33 What to Do in Kathmandu
Part VIII Surprising Singapore
Chapter 34 The World of Charlie Tan
Chapter 35 Treasure In the South China Sea
Chapter 36 The Singapore Explorer
Part IX The Tokyo Times
Chapter 37 Trials and Treasures of Tokyo
Chapter 38 The Japanese Art of the Deal
Part X Hawaii: The V.I.P (Vagabond In Paradise)
Chapter 39 The Happy Camper and the Brodie Bunch
Chapter 40 Assignment: Paradise
Chapter 41 The Weeping Skies of Hawaii
Part XI America, America!
Chapter 42 Hooray for Hollywood!
Chapter 43 America, the Beautiful
Chapter 44 The Atlantic Rush
Chapter 45 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and the UN
Chapter 46 The Home Run
Part XII You Can’t Go Home Again
Chapter 47 A Traveler’s Epilogue
3 SAMPLE CHAPTERS
Chapter 1 – CROSSROADS
In this chapter you find that due to one or more major changes in your life, you can no longer keep going on the path you had been on – you’ve come to a crossroads. You must make a choice – and that is to create and commit to life path that will lead to profound change for the better – within you and around you. Here you find you must break out of your box and travel boldly far beyond your current comfort zone. In this case, it’s getting out of yourself, getting out there and discovering more about the world (which is essentially your place in the world, wherever you are at any given time), and in so doing, you find clarity in things you need to do improve yourself and your life. The moment of truth comes… you suck it up and just know you will find your way – no matter how daunting it seems, or just how far you’ll go. Getting started is often the hardest part – but it is essential that you do! Consider it your destiny!
I’ll share with you my take on “Destiny”:
“Destiny is not so much an inevitable ending as it is a beginning that will happen. It is what you do with what you begin that helps to determine your future. So define and pursue your desired destiny.” ~ Thomas Martin Smith
Chapter 23 – SOJOURN IN GREECE
You’ve come a long way. But so far, you’ve been discovering more of your inner strengths than facing what is really different for your life. You know that’s coming. So this is a time and place of transition… your last ties to what is most familiar. You are also dealing with unexpected events that could drastically alter or your course the point when you might even have to abort it. But you deal with what is in ways that help you move forward. The events even give you time to step back from it all – and be more present where you are, and simply enjoy life. All the while, though, you are getting ready for a big surge of change!
Chapter 24 – THE UPS AND DOWNS OF EGYPT
And then first really big change hits you! It’s bizarre to find yourself in this place, especially emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. But there is a growing feeling you want this. You’ve earned this! On the way, you find you re not only more open to change – you really want more of it! You also deal with familiar aspects of life, including relationships, old and new, and how you deal with them. This chapter really creates fertile ground for growing change not only around you, but more important, within you. You develop more courage, confidence, and clarity in the path you have chosen.
There’s a beginning. Let’s go!
CANADA ~~ ENGLAND ~~ WALES ~~ SCOTLAND ~~ NORWAY ~~ SWEDEN ~~ DENMARK ~~ THE NETHERLANDS ~~ BELGIUM ~~ LUXEMBOURG ~~ GERMANY ~~ LIECHTENSTEIN ~~ AUSTRIA ~~ SWITZERLAND ~~ FRANCE ~~ SPAIN ~~ MONACO ~~ ITALY ~~ THE VATICAN ~~ GREECE ~~ EGYPT ~~ SUDAN ~~ KENYA ~~ INDIA ~~ NEPAL ~~ SINGAPORE ~~ MALAYSIA ~~ JAPAN ~~ HAWAII ~~ USA ~~ RETURN