"For everyone thinking of a new adventure, a new life, or even a new venture: DO IT." - Jim Rogers, bestselling author of Investment Biker.
After building a successful business, Dirk Weisiger was ready for something new. But he wasn’t sure what. Maybe a motorcycle adventure, I’ve never done that!
What followed was a fourteen-month, solo motorcycle journey from Austin, Texas to Ushuaia, Argentina, filled with unexpected adventures, surprises, and lessons about life and travel.
“I headed south to see new vistas on a solo journey, but ended up feeling more connected to the people I met along the way.”
In this book, you’ll not only enjoy Dirk’s adventure and insights, but find inspiration for your own journey.
Dirk Weisiger is a travel trekker, trick roper, and storyteller. Dirk has always enjoyed speaking to groups, spinning tales, ropes, and offering lessons he’s learned in adventures of life and business. He’s travelled to five continents and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Most of all Dirk loves people and believes that making new friends is the best part of travel.
(A portion of proceeds from this book help sponsor children at the Colegio Bautista El Calvario private school in Managua, Nicaragua.)
"This isn’t the first book I’ve read on riding to Ushuaia, but it is probably the most enjoyable." - Muriel Farrington, Ambassador, BMW Motorcycles Of America
Dirk Weisiger is a travel trekker, trick roper and storyteller. As a teenager, and through years of building a successful business, Dirk has always enjoyed speaking to groups, spinning tales, ropes and offering lessons he has learned in adventures of life and business. He has travelled to five continents and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and is a true adventurer.
After reaching his goal as a successful businessman, Dirk was ready for something new. But he was not sure what. Maybe a motorcycle adventure! What followed was a fourteen-month, solo motorcycle journey from Austin, Texas to Ushuaia, Argentina, filled with unexpected adventures, surprises and lessons about life and travel. Dirk headed south to “see new vistas on a solo journey but ended up feeling more connected to the people he met along the way.” His journey solidified his belief that making new friends is the best part of travel!
One of Dirk’s objectives is finding a cause bigger than you and he had no idea that a cause would find him when he drove into Managua, Nicaragua. During his travels through Nicaragua, he stumbled upon Colegio Bautista El Calvario. He quickly became passionate about helping these children to receive a better education and to help support his cause, a portion of his book sales are given back to the school.
“Leave Tomorrow is a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking book. There is a blend of humanity, culture, scary moments, military police, looming threats of gangs, attempts at extortion and unexpected challenges along with insightful observations and humor. Leave Tomorrow gets you in the game of creating your adventure and living your own movie.”
“Dirk makes every day an adventure whether he is working, playing or exploring new personal frontiers. Many people talk about their dreams. Dirk is living his!” He is a positive, motivating force that leads by example and shows others that they too are able to live their movie!”
Leave Tomorrow is a driving force for anyone “thinking of a new adventure, a new life or even a new venture: DO IT!”
I'm a seasoned traveler, but after reading about Dirk Weisiger's journey to the Bottom of the World on a motorcycle, I am in complete awe of his courage, audacity, and adventurous spirit.
Leave Tomorrow has a couple of vibes. First and foremost, this story is a chronicle of one man's journey from Texas to Argentina on a motorcycle, the Iron Horse (the relationship Dirk has with his motorcycle is fabulous). This adventure is filled with friendly people, tests of patience, danger, uncertainty, exciting escapades, and a willingness to meet new people, all with a ready smile and a curious nature.
Second, Leave Tomorrow is an inspirational travel book that encourages people to visit lots of new places, with some being well-known tourist destinations and some way off the beaten path. Saying "Yes" to that unknown can be scary, and people may call you crazy, but according to Dirk, "We're never really ready for anything, and we won't know until we try. Try, and you'll figure it out." This is one of the many Life Lessons Dirk scatters throughout his book, sharing those words of wisdom he learned on his journey to the bottom of the world. (some learned the hard way).
What I love most about Leave Tomorrow is the encouragement to live your own movie, create your own story, and Leave Tomorrow. It's never too late, and it doesn't necessarily have to mean traveling to a foreign country. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. What Dirk emphasizes in this book is the urgency to stop putting off that journey, whatever it may be. I agree completely because I have redefined my comfort zone many times over the past 15 years, and I don't intend to stop looking for that next adventure any time soon. It's way too much fun wondering what's around the next bend in the road.
A gigantic Thank You goes out to Dirk for showing us that our journey can start as soon as tomorrow, and all it takes is a bit of gumption, the willingness to embrace the differences in ourselves and other people, and a steady dose of humor.
I'm not too proud to admit that I sort of begged to review this book. My husband owns the DVD boxset of The Long Round and The Long Way Down, and I was hooked right away. When I saw that Weisiger's book was of a similar nature, I had to get my hands on it. I was ecstatic to see that he covered a different part of the world and completed the journey ALL BY HIMSELF! No camera crews to back him up if something went wrong or a translator was needed. And as I set the book down and got my notebook ready to take notes, my husband glanced at the cover and said, "Hey, I want to read that when you're done with it." I'm an avid reader and that is probably the second time he's ever said that to me during our nearly 10 years of marriage!
What really stood out to me is the odd formatting of the book. Because the sections are quite short, I guessed that the blog posts he wrote during the journey were used for this book. Upon investigating his website, I noticed that there weren't many blog posts, and that these travels were not among them. So if my hunch is correct, he probably took the posts down. No shame in the game. Plus, a portion of the proceeds benefits the children at the Colegio Bautista El Calvario private school in Nicaragua. When I got to the part of Weisiger's journey where he wanted to do something for those kids, I honestly smiled knowing that this book will do even more great things for people that Weisiger has met along the way.
The short sections work though because the story flows nicely. And even when he says something aside or pauses the story for a quick tip, it's relevant to what is happening and doesn't really take you out of the story. I really enjoy the variety of those tips because they are a tasting of what this book is: part memoir, part travel guide, part inspirational book. I don't know where you are in your life right now, but this book was exactly what I needed.
Sometimes when life gets you down, belief in a higher power is the only thing that will lift you up. So I loved the imagery of his recollection of struggling to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. How he wanted to give up on ever reaching the top, but knew that if he would just step right where his guide had step, then he would eventually get there. He uses that as a metaphor for his faith in God, but as he later says, "This book isn't a Sunday School lesson, but might be a Monday-school lesson in pursuing your dreams" (p. 9). I loved that!
Weisiger doesn't talk much about his artistic side, but he has a great eye for composition. I wish that the photographs in the book were color, but I guess this will encourage people to visit his website. (Toggling back to his page now...) Where you can actually buy prints. Well, there you go. Looks like he knows his photos are pretty darn good! I hope to one day take Weisiger's advice and just plan that trip and go.
Something that might be slightly uncomfortable but I feel I had to mention: Weisiger's compassion for the plight of illegal immigrants vs his intention to vote Trump (this was before the election, obviously). It really underlined for me how multifaceted politics and people's political leanings can be. And it made me even prouder to live in a country where we can vote more than one way. That our only choices aren't socialist or dictator, like many of the countries Weisiger visited.
This book also pointed out to me that these "scary" countries are 95% people just trying to provide for their families and the other 5% is what makes national news. If it bleeds, it leads is the saying, right? Also, this isn't the first time that I've heard of people from other countries telling the U.S. traveler to spread the word that U.S. citizens are welcome in their countries. And lastly, a great nugget of wisdom: while learning the language isn't necessary, it is much appreciated.
I really learned a lot about people and culture reading this book. I think that those who tend to only read blogs or short articles will be able to digest this very well. I am confidently passing this book on to my husband with the knowledge that he, too, will come away with something new as well. I look forward to talking to him about it. Leave me a comment once you read it too.
Leave Tomorrow is more of an adventure story than just a travel book. The writing is so descriptive that while reading it, I sometimes felt the need to stand up and brush off some of the road dust!
I felt this book was about one man’s need to conquer: conquer the road, conquer fear, conquer an idea. The author never actually says that, but it’s one of those “read between the lines” things. But that’s not bad. I was quite intrigued, and I applauded the author’s determination to finish the quest, regardless of the challenges.
I initially thought this would be a story of a man and his motorcycle - like a boy and his toy. That only demonstrates the futility of misconceptions. The motorcycle was only a tool used to help a man fulfill a dream.
Going to the End of the World
I don’t know if I would ever have the guts to ride a motorcycle through so many “third world” countries, yet alone solo, but I was quite captivated reading about this man’s saga.
The one constant that appeared throughout the book was the goodness of most people, regardless of country or even language, and their willingness to help a stranger. I did not expect that, but I totally loved it!
The descriptions were so vivid that I could plainly see myself riding tandem with the author, seeing what he saw. Having never been to any of the countries south of Mexico, I found that vividness very enlightening.
There were no notable SPAG problems anywhere in the book. Kudos to the author for that.
The end of each chapter contains some photos of the adventure. I think it would have been nice to include some captions under the photos.
I thought the level of detail in the writing was perfect to keep the story moving. I’ve read some books where the details bog down the story. Not this one! Once you begin to turn the pages and head south with the author - way south - there’s no stopping until you get to the end.
I recommend this book to anyone with an adventurous spirit.
(I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.)
I enjoy travelogues and I liked this book despite certain weaknesses. It is self-published book by a guy who is not a professional writer but who has traveled several continents, climbed many mountains and has an enthusiasm for the road. He loves the adventure of new people and places, and he contrived a way to convert a conventional lifestyle into an epic journey. His authenticity and freshness counterbalance deficiencies in elegance and depth.