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Changing Gears: Ups and Downs on the New Zealand Road

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Sequoia Schmidt
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Kiwi-born author, adventurer and entrepreneur Sequoia Schmidt returns home to New Zealand this July on a five-city tour of her latest book, Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road.

In early 2017, on what initially began as an impulse, Sequoia decided to purchase a ticket to her homeland with the goal of cycling across the country to reconnect with her roots. Once (somewhat) trained, Sequoia began her month-long bike journey of Aotearoa and found that she connected with much more than just the land where she is from. The people she encountered along her way and the flashbacks of her distorted childhood, paired with the aloneness that can only be had on a solo excursion of self-discovery, led her to understand much more about herself and her strengths than she realised when she began.

Changing Gears is an honest, entertaining and inspiring account of Sequoia's solo cycling odyssey. Through this book, Sequoia brings the reader into her own mind on her adventure and connects us with the cathartic sensation that occurs when we let go of our need to be surrounded by things and simply live for a moment with only ourselves.