The Book: Jackfruit: A Bicycle Quest Through Latin America

From Midwest Book Reviews

On the ground, at a gradual pace, one can view the change of the world in a detail not available elsewhere. “Jackfruit: A Bicycle Quest Through Latin America” chronicles David Nghiem’s travels as he takes his mountain bike and supplies and rides through the vast part of the world known as Latin America. As he goes through the jungles and cities, he sees the gradual change in culture and people, while facing the harshness of nature all along the way. “Jackfruit” is an exciting read, well worth picking up.

The print edition of the book is published by Book Locker.

You can also purchase the Kindle edition of the book at Amazon.

Here’s the press release for the book:
For Immediate Release
And he discovered this while riding a bicycle across Latin America.

The recent financial crisis shook up the world since it first hit in 2007. Yet, six years before that, major crises in Latin America devastated the South American hemisphere. Today’s financial disaster was preceded by countries who, much like the USA and the rest of the Western world, were at first epitomized as stable, financially competent, and excellent investments. Adventurer David Nghiem gained a ground level, gritty look at the causes and effects of those crises on the local denizens long before the symptoms were present in the Northern Hemisphere.

On December 16th, 2007, David arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, after pedaling approximately 3729 miles, between Lima, the capital of Peru, Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was his second expedition. His first, which started in August 2001, and ended in June 2002, he cycled through ten countries for 300 days in two routes: Peru, Bolivia, and through all of Central America and part of Mexico. Nghiem wrote a 440 page book about his amazing first journey, titled Jackfruit: A Bicycle Quest Through Latin America.

From the high Andean mountains of South America, to the low tropical jungles of Central America, adventurer David Nghiem journeyed through a soul searching exploration of the depth of human intuition as he tracked down ancient symbols and mysteries. He surveyed the effects of globalization south of the border, and witnessed the devastating results of Argentina’s sovereign debt default, the largest default in history, and the lingering effects of globalization on various Latin American countries. Along the way, while enduring loneliness, dehydration, high altitude sickness, crocodiles, and gun shots as he faced his greatest challenge – surviving the journey.

David is an adventurer, explorer, engineer, and educator based out of New Jersey. You can order Jackfruit at, or at your local bookstore.



  1. Hi Dave – I just started reading your book, beginning with your Central America adventures. So, where in the world are you now Dave?

    — vja4Him * Riding 4 Life

  2. Hi VJA,

    I’m back in the USA doing the documentary for the Sundrenched Expedition, as well as working on that book. It’s Book TWO! 🙂

  3. How is your documentary coming along? Where are you now?

    — vja4Him * Riding 4 Life

    • Hi. It’s coming along. I recently sent some video samples to the Bicycle film festival for review. But, it sure ain’t easy!

  4. Hey Dave — Good to hear from you. Are you still traveling around on your bike? I’ve added a link to your website on my new Riding 4 Life journal:

    I am working on training, so I can get into better shape for bike camping soon. I’m hoping that I can ride up to Yosemite this summer, if not, then maybe next year. I’m somewhat concerned about all the hills.

    Riding 4 Life

  5. What’s up Dave? I’m reading your book again. That’s awesome that you got to build a rocket and shoot it off!

    – Riding 4 Life

  6. ey Dave. im going to iquitos next week near nauta. via El Gran Ipirawira. how bike friendly is iquitos. and if at all is there a community of cyclists?.

    i am a bike messenger from nyc.

    • Hey,

      YES! Check for the casa de ciclista. They’re all up and down the Pan American 101. That’s the conventional route. Almost all of Latin America is friendly to cyclists… except when they’re drunk! Always becareful, but don’t be surprised if people stop you in the middle of the road to invite you over for dinner and the night. It happened to me a LOT.

  7. […] the service, so big thanks to them. They also recommended a very interesting looking book called Jackfruit: A Bicycle Quest Through Latin America, by a local of the area named David Nghiem, who toured throughout that whole continent. It was too […]

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