Down Side Up
Pedaling Through Australia & New Zealand
by Scott Parsons
About the Book
This book contains 126 landscape and scenic images captured as I traveled by bicycle from Cairns to Melbourne, Australia and then circuitously around the North Island of New Zealand and Southward across New Zealand's South Island during the Summer of 2011.
20% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Mikyla-cure.org, a charity focused on finding a cure for Rett Syndrome.
For many years, I had a traditional life. In fact, I was "Johnny All-American"; class president, homecoming king, honor roll & dean's list student, husband, homeowner, corporate ladder climber, company VP. I was en-route to the "American Dream", you know: an over-leveraged mortgage, two cars, a dog, 2.5 kids, etc. Then, gradually, I woke up and realized (in the words of the Talking Heads) "this is not my beautiful life...how did I get here?". From that point forward, my life has been something less than traditional, but in that time, I've ridden my bike 10's of thousands of miles through numerous countries, I've raised money for charity, I've had the privilege of taking care of my mother during her final days and I've made the best friends I've ever had. I've chosen to attempt to live each day as if it were my last. At times I've succeeded wildly, frequently, I've failed miserably, regardless, I've gone to sleep peacefully each night since I began living life!