With You By Bike

One Couple’s Life-Changing Journey Around the World


With You By Bike

After many years together Katrina and Mike's marriage has unravelled. In a quest to mend their relationship they embark on a year long, 13,000 kilometre cycling tour with the hope of strengthening their commitment to one another.

Katrina is an adventure athlete who craves the wild; her husband, Mike, watches sports with his buddies. Like many couples, after 11 years in a relationship they’ve grown apart and have become mere acquaintances, as opposed to husband and wife. When they hit rock bottom they realize it's time for a change and they make the dramatic decision to travel the world by bike.

The couple ride through barren landscapes, scorching fires, and humid jungles. From backcountry roads in New Zealand, sharing a picnic with a man and his multiple wives in Malaysia, or camping at an orphanage in Cambodia; at every turn, they are touched by locals who feed them stories and laughter. Together they repair 54 flat tires, navigate heat exhaustion in Vietnam, altitude sickness in Tibet, and two robberies before they face the last hard climb to the world’s tallest mountain.

With You By Bike is honest and raw, describing Katrina’s search for forgiveness, acceptance, and change. It’s about rediscovering choice from the seat of a bicycle, exploring the world, and finding love by veering off the beaten path.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
With You By Bike 1
Contents 8
Author’s Note 10
Chapter 1 - Home: Make or Break 12
Chapter 2 - Manitoba: Switching Gears 18
Chapter 3 - Prairies: One Rotation at a Time 24
Chapter 4 - Nevada: Going Somewhere 30
Chapter 5 - Zion: Angels Landing 42
Chapter 6 - Utah: Learning Lessons 50
Chapter 7 - Colorado: Seduced by Summits 58
Chapter 8 - New Zealand: Fixing Leaks 68
Chapter 9 - West Coast: Reading the Signs 82
Chapter 10 - Queenstown: These Are the Good Ol’ Days 88
Chapter 11 - Cattle Country: In the Groove 98
Chapter 12 - Malaysia: Dodging Monkeys 104
Chapter 13 - Northern Malaysia: Enter the Jungle 118
Chapter 14 - Langkawi Island: Rock the Boat 126
Chapter 15 - Thailand: Getting “Manipulated” 132
Chapter 16 - Phuket: Cleansing the Spirit 138
Chapter 17 - Koh Tao: Taking a Dive 148
Chapter 18 - Bangkok: Tuk-Tuks and Tricksters 156
Chapter 19 - Central Thailand: Missing Home 162
Chapter 20 - Chiang Rai: Never Enough Bananas 174
Chapter 21 - Laos: A Security Breach 186
Chapter 22 - Main Highway: Trusting the Curve 210
Chapter 23 - Southern Laos: Finding Forgiveness 216
Chapter 24 - Cambodia: Scuff Marks 226
Chapter 25 - Bakong: New Beginnings 234
Chapter 26 - Vietnam: Zen and the Art of Marital Maintenance 242
Chapter 27 - Coastal Vietnam: Tied Together 252
Chapter 28 - Northern Vietnam: On a Mission 264
Chapter 29 - China: Bouncing along the “Potato-Rock Road” 278
Chapter 30 - Tibet: Pedals and Prayer Wheels 296
Chapter 31 - Mount Everest: Soaring on an Air Current 310
Chapter 32 - Nepal: It’s Just around the Corner 318
Acknowledgements 326
About the Author 328