What Are the Chances?: A Story of Love and Adventure Around the World

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
Bill, who had endured enough of his mundane nine-to-five existence, was looking for a change. Sharon thought she had it all, until she met Bill. The unlikely meeting of these two adventure seekers led to a thrilling journey through sixtythree countries on six continents around the world. Their amazing ride of a lifetime covered 103,000 miles on two motorcycles and culminated in a surprise ending to their incredible two-year odyssey. The couple withstood days of pouring rain, cold that numbed their extremities, heat that boiled the oil in their engines, and intense periods of fear and uncertainty. Facing the unknown each day of their lives, they encountered a charging elephant in Tanzania, were nearly drowned in the Zambezi River, survived heatstroke, thieves and an active volcano. However, their discoveries about each other and the world around them led to the ultimate achievements: freedom, romance, and the fulfillment of lifelong dreams. Bill and Sharon lived in Pennsylvania before setting off on their round-the-world adventure. Bill owned a bicycle shop in Ephrata for eleven years and started riding motorcycles when he was sixteen, taking his first major motorcycle trip to Alaska in 1973 astride a Triumph Daytona. Sharon is a former third grade teacher and owner of a professional pet sitting business. The travel bug bit her early in life; she was born in Germany and lived in twenty-three places before she was the age of thirty. She bought her first motorcycle at age fifty and began her trip around the world one year later. Sharon and Bill sold all their belongings, their homes and businesses to finance their trip; then wandered aimlessly when they arrived back in the United States two years later, wondering what to do next. They ended up in North Carolina where they now live with four cats and five motorcycles.
 

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Contents

El Burro Sabe Mas Que Tu
1
How It All Began
5
Chief One Feather
16
Sex in Other Countries
22
Who Needs Toilet Seats
42
Pass the Mate
54
Sheep and Horses and Dogs Oh My
62
A Volcano a Glacier and the End of the World
67
Ballyvaughan
145
Trouble in Europe
154
Nordkapp Winds and Fried Battery Cables
165
Mud Baths Naked Ladies a Bobsled Salt Mines and the Pope
175
Turks and Greeks
185
New Sponsors
195
TukTuks Motor Scooters and Elephants
199
Cambodian Mud
207

The Paris of South America
82
New Friends in Zarate
88
South Africa
96
Nights of Terror and a Zambezi Cocktail
105
Sharon Confronts an Elephant and Bill Deals with a Monkey
112
Heat Stroke
119
The Road from Hell to Meru View Lodge
131
Life in Laos
222
A Chiang Mai Christmas
233
Party Animals and Other Indigenous Australian Species
249
Piss Off No Noodling Here
266
The End of the Rainbow
281
Song of the Open Road
295
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