Along the Templar Trail by Brandon Wilson
Seven Million Steps for Peace

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• 2009 Best Travel Book (Lowell Thomas Gold Award), Society of American Travel Writers

• Book of the Year Award Finalist (adventure), ForeWord Reviews

It was an idea born while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago across Spain. Two men shared a dream of trekking from Europe to the Middle East on the ultimate road trip. It just happened to be a path walked by thousands of Crusaders, pilgrims and merchants during the Middle Ages, a time when wars, unforgiving weather, wild dogs, and an ever changing cast of weird characters tested even the toughest traveler.

As they say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Two modern-day travelers discover the truth when they take on that same ultimate challenge—to hike the Templar Trail across 11 countries and 2,600 miles to Jerusalem. Throwing themselves out into the universe with bad maps, blisters, but plenty of optimism, they face identical challenges in search of adventure, life’s meaning and lasting peace. Proving that even today, there’s nothing like a little war to shake your strongest resolve.

With 44 photos, maps and illustrations

“Simply one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time...” ~ Richard Bangs, legendary adventurer, co-founder Mountain Travel Sobek

“More than the mere adventure of two brave men, it is a grand and noble quest for peace... Combines a marvelous sense of Zen with good humor, and his personal style makes you feel as if you were there taking part in it all...” ~ Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

“A travel lodestone – a magical quest, a warts-and-all journey… This is a special book hovering above its obvious travel-shelf slot into a spot of its own.” ~ Marilis Hornidge, Courier-Gazette, Maine

“Strictly fast-forward... Wilson's remarkably attractive account will galvanize couch potatoes..." ~ ForeWord Reviews

“The vivid prose and passion for adventure makes this book an exciting read… You can live vicariously, although I must say I am more inspired than ever to walk each day.” (5 stars) ~ The Rebecca Review, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer

“Fast-moving and inspiring… Readers of Brandon’s other books will be snapping this up. Great, touching and hugely interesting.” ~ Jessica Roberts,


About Brandon Wilson

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BRANDON WILSON is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning author of travel adventure books, a photographer, explorer and adventure-travel writer. He's passionate about inspiring others with the possibility of discovery through long-distance trekking. A voracious explorer of over one hundred countries, he is an expert long-distance trekker, walking many of the world's major pilgrimage/cultural trails: the 2620-mile Templar Trail from France to Jerusalem, the famed Camino de Santiago (twice), the 1000-km Via de la Plata across Spain, and St. Olav's Way across Norway. He is the first American to complete the ninth century, 1150-mile Via Francigena from England to Rome, and he and his wife were the first Western couple to trek the 1000-km. Buddhist pilgrimage trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu. His books include: "Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps" (2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award), "Along the Templar Trail: Seven Million Steps for Peace" (2009 Best Travel Book Gold Award, Society of American Travel Writers and Book of the Year Finalist, ForeWord Reviews), "Dead Men Don?t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa" and "Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith (2005 Independent Publisher IPPY award). His story, ?Life When Hell Freezes Over? appeared in They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club (anthology), The Lyons Press/Globe Pequot (2007). His essay, ?Thoughts from Along Life's Trail: War and the Environment Within? was included in the anthology Wounds of War: Poets for Peace (2006). He wrote the introduction to On a Donkey's Back, a collection of poetry and paintings by and about the lives of Nepalese porters, Yileen Press (2008). His essay with fifty photos from the Via de la Plata appears in Na?ve & Abroad: Spain, Limping 600 Miles Through History by Marcus Wilder (2008). Wilson's photographs have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines.
Published December 9, 2013 by Pilgrim's Tales, Inc.. 330 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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