With you by Bike
One Couples Life-Changing Journey around the World
“From what I understood, a pilgrimage is about stepping out of oneself and seeking purity. It always involves a journey with risk. In accepting that risk, whether it’s through penance, devotion or hard travel, one can find the renewal they seek. For us–it was a bike ride.”
Katrina and Mike pedal 13,000 kilometres in thirteen months, packing the silent question: can a cycle tour mend a damaged relationship–one pedal stroke at a time? She is an adventure athlete who craves the wild; her husband watches sports with his buddies. After eleven years, it’s clear they’ve grown apart. Do they have anything in common anymore? No more than a bike length away from each other, Katrina and Mike ride through barren landscapes, scorching fires, and humid jungle. 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 fifty-four 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 a journey about falling back in love. With each revolution, Katrina contemplates the reality of being together forever. The story is honest and raw, describing her 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.