Former engineer-turned-adventure-addict Bruce Kirkby has been thrill-seeking for 15 years, experiencing everything from gun fights in Africa to rescuing a Sherpa on Mt. Everest, but says his globe-trotting started with a spontaneous trip to Pakistan in 1991.
Kirkby was a 22-year-old engineer and realized he couldnt live in a cubicle, so he quit to bike the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan for a change of pace.
Says Kirkby: It was the best but scariest decision Ive ever made.
Kirkby experienced total culture shock in Pakistan but was treated kindly by locals despite the difficult language barrier.
However, he still went through many stressful moments including bike breakdowns, getting ripped off by cab drivers, dodging speeding traffic, and of course, homesickness.
Says Kirkby: I learned some MacGyver-style tricks to fix my bike but the homesickness was horrible. I called my mom for three minutes once and cried the whole time. She was really confused.
Kirkby talks about his life changing adventure in his new book The Dolphins Tooth (McClellan & Stewart).
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