I really enjoyed this unusual 'travel' book, hitchhiking across the U.S.
The Houston Tribune
"I'm in my thirties and so far my life has been nothing but a long, meaningless routine..."
So begins Roland Belmont's remarkable journey of escape from his dreary past as a lonely, bored accountant working in a dead-end job. Desperate for a change in his miserable situation, he abruptly resigns to go backpacking in the mountains of Colorado, without any plans beyond the summer. In the rugged environment of the outdoors, he becomes energized by his new-found freedom and adopts a free-spirited, open-minded attitude that soon transforms him into an impetuous adventurer, ready for anything the future may bring. But finding his better self is only a prologue to his search for the deeper meanings of life, a search that takes him through an odyssey of outdoor thrills, mystical friendships and heartfelt romances, from the ski resorts of the Canadian Rockies to the coastline of Southern California.
The Open Road entices the imagination and appeals to the most basic human instincts with its jaunty narrative of one man's escape to a simpler, more natural life in the outdoors. Initially a feast for the nonconformist, this compelling story ultimately becomes a celebration of the human spirit on a level uncommon among modern-day fiction.