First Train Out of Denver by Leo JenkinsFirst Train Out of Denver by Leo Jenkins

First Train Out of Denver

byLeo Jenkins

Hardcover | June 2, 2016

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On a tenebrous winter morning in Denver, Colorado, Leo Jenkins felt the weight of the world crushing him. Leo has a decision to make—maintain a comfortable position in a career he’s no longer passionate about—or take a massive leap of faith. Giving up everything he’s ever known, Jenkins sells his business, purges every possession that won’t fit into a single backpack and sets off into the world in pursuit of answers. Equal parts social philosophy and travel adventure, First Train Out of Denver takes the reader on an around the world quest for meaning in a seamlessly senseless world. Along the way Leo accepts a challenge from another former Army Ranger to see how far they can travel together in three weeks with nothing but a backpack and one hundred dollars to raise awareness and funds for a veteran charity. By any means necessary, the two manage to traverse two continents and film an award-winning documentary along the way. In true nomadic hobo fashion, the pair stow away on coal trains, talk their way onto a boat, hitch rides, and walk their way over eight thousand miles in twenty-one days, raising nearly thirty-thousand dollars for their fellow veterans. Leo’s personal journey continues through Eastern Europe, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Upon arrival in Alaska, Jenkins allots himself twenty-four hours to find and buy a vehicle to drive south, continuing his exploration of not just the world, but of the mind. As he seeks to finish a goal to drink a beer in every state, inadvertently, he embraces the “van life.” First Train Out of Denver brings the laugh-out-loud, gritty Ranger humor readers loved in his first book, Lest We Forget, and combines it with the raw, unrelenting introspection readers related to in his second book, On Assimilation.

Title:First Train Out of DenverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:June 2, 2016Publisher:Leo JenkinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1683550102

ISBN - 13:9781683550105

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Table of Contents

Table of ContentsDedication ....................................................................................................... iii Epigraph ...........................................................................................................v Introduction/Acknowledgements ....................................................................... ix 1. Mile High Mission .................................................................................... 1 2. Breaking the Ice........................................................................................5 3. Pura Vida.................................................................................................13 4. A Little Chile This Time of Year ......................................................... 23 5. Sinners and Saints of Santiago ............................................................. 35 6. Tamarindo Tide ...................................................................................... 43 7. A Not So Triumphant Return...............................................................53 8. I Still Can't Think of Anything.............................................................59 9. A Motion Midwest ................................................................................. 67 10. Tired Eyes and Heavy Hearts ............................................................. 81 11. Brothers Beyond Birth.........................................................................89 12. Bergens Beyond....................................................................................9713. Skål!......................................................................................................109 14. Europe on a Shoestring ..................................................................... 117 15. An Uncomfortable Solitude..............................................................127 16. Getting Back Up, Down Under........................................................139 17. Old Habits...........................................................................................155 18. Paradise Lost, Or at Least Left.........................................................171 19. Kiwis and Coffee................................................................................179 20. The Mind's Island...............................................................................199 21. South....................................................................................................211 About Leo..................................................................................................221 Appendix 1: Recommended Resources..................................................222

Editorial Reviews

First Train Out of Denver is destined to take its place alongside the great travel essays of our time.Outwardly a story of travel and adventure it is cleverly interlaced with humor, philosophy and social observations written with a descriptive flair that is often remarkable and at times beautiful. He has blurred the line between poetry and prose while drawing the line between the world of actual reality and the curtain of willful ignorance society has draped over it. It fits in effortlessly on my shelf alongside Twain, Kerouac, Hemingway and Thoreau with its philosophical yet beautiful writing style. Leo's writing style is amazing and this is one of my all time favorite books.This is one of those books in which the author pulls you into the story to such a degree that it feels as if you were there experiencing everything with him; almost as if the story is a recollection of your own memory rather than the conveyance of someone else's.This book is full of vivid scenes and near-poetic prose - you will not want to put it down!Move over Kerouac, London, and Thompson. Jenkins is taking the prime position on the bookshelf.Written with such fluidity and prose, you find yourself getting nervous as you near the end of the book because you don't want it to end.Great read, written in such detail that at times I could honestly hear the lonesome whistle of a Southbound Train.