First Train Out of Denver

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, he 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. 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 traverse two continents by stowing away on coal trains, talking their way ono boats, hitchhiking, and walking a combined eight thousand miles in twenty-one days.

The journey continues through Eastern Europe, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

First Train Out of Denver has already been hailed as one of the great travel essays of our time.


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