ALONG THE TEMPLAR TRAIL
Seven Million Steps for Peace
by Brandon Wilson
2009 Best Travel Book (Gold)
Lowell Thomas Award Winner
Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Book of the Year Award Finalist
cover design: Nexus Designs;
editor: Dr. Bob Rich
Brandon Wilson and his 68-year old French friend set off in the
footsteps of history on an inspiring 2620-mile (4217-km.) trekking
pilgrimage for peace to Jerusalem across two continents and eleven
countries. Join them as they walk an ancient trail followed by
Knights Templar, Romans, pilgrims, and traders on their way from
France to Israel.
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IT'S A JOURNEY WITH UNIQUE CHALLENGES.
two-continent trek takes them from the canals, rivers and forests
of Europe to the bleak high deserts and parched, rugged countryside
of the Middle East. Temperatures soar from near-freezing to nearly
100 degrees. Wild dogs roam the steppes, Israel and Lebanon
exchange bombs, while the potential threat from terrorism and
deadly viruses make them question their mission.
IT'S A TALE ABOUT OVERCOMING PHYSICAL & MENTAL OBSTACLES.
five-month marathon, trekking 30-58 kms. every day is a supreme
test of the human spirit; of continuing even on those days when
their bodies say "No more!"
IT'S A QUEST FOR PERSONAL AND GLOBAL PEACE.
peace walkers spread a message of hope and tolerance as they talk
to local media and convince others that peace and negotiations are
better options to never-ending wars.
IT'S A DAILY ENCOUNTER WITH SMALL MIRACLES.
along the way "angels" help them in their times of need and
reassure them that human kindness is still very much alive in the
Join them on an historic walk to
remember. This book comes complete with helpful stages, maps and
black & white photos.
Chapter I. Heeding the Call (Preparation)
Chapter II. The Agony of de Feet (France)
Chapter III. “Sun in the Eyes” (Switzerland, Germany)
Chapter IV. The Kindness of Strangers (Austria, Slovakia)
Chapter V. On the Trail of “Treep” (Hungary)
Chapter VI. World War III? (Serbian Border to Belgrade)
Chapter VII. “It is Our Custom Here” (Belgrade to Bulgaria)
Chapter VIII. Balkan Meltdown (Bulgaria)
Chapter IX. Difficult Choices (Turkish Border to Istanbul)
Chapter X. Turks Bearing Gifts (Istanbul to Kütahya)
Chapter XI. “Sempre Diretto” (Kütahya to Alanya)
Chapter XII. Crossing the Line (Cyprus)
Chapter XIII. Life in a Sea of Sharks (Israel)
Chapter XIV. One Step, One Seed (Jerusalem)
Chapter XV. Reflections
Lessons of the Trail