August of 1993, with only a bicycle named Greene for a traveling
companion, 27-year-old American Erika Warmbrunn set off on an eight-month,
8,000-kilometer trek that would take her from the shores of Lake Baikal
through Mongolia, China, and Vietnam, all the way to
the Mekong Delta. Where the Pavement Ends, published in
March, 2001, is the story of that ride.
I envy Erika Warmbrunn her
beautiful, heartfelt articulation of encounters with little-known
hearts and souls of Asia.
– Gordon Wiltsie
Warmbrunn captures the natural beauty of the people,
customs, and landscapes by opening herself up to their lifestyles on their
terms. … This well-written book is for all who aspire to venture beyond
their traditional frontiers. – Booklist