Widening Gyre Press

Widening Gyre Press


road to paradise

by paco cerulean
(c) 2017

Based on the true story of a broken-hearted Aspen ski bum who joins some friends on a psychedelic mountaineering ski trip to a teepee high in the Rockies that sets him off on a wanderlust journey down The Hippie Trail to India. After first seeking the knowledge of a guru in Portland and cavorting his way down the West Coast with three other wild ones in his VW Microbus, in due course he came to climb the Eiffel Tower after it was closed, visit Chartres, Notre Dame, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, ride a bicycle along the French Riviera, fall in love at least four times, view the David and the Mona Lisa, be amazed by van Gogh and Monet, win a false fortune in a card game on a bus in Iran, escape the clutches of the Kabul Police, issue a challenge to the commander of a Pakistani army regiment at a border outpost at the base of the Khyber Pass, be held prisoner at a border outpost at the base of the Khyber Pass, visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, have his fortune told by a swami in Delhi, experience the Taj Mahal on a full moon, explore the funeral ghats of Varanasi, meditate where the Buddha attained Enlightenment, swim at the Kumba Mela in Hardwar, share an orange with a saint, decide between his watch and twin thirteen-year-old Aryan princesses as wives, cut the throat of a thief in a mountain village near Tibet, trek along an unknown ancient highway, travel to Dharamsala to meet the Dalai Lama, be served tea on sterling silver tea service and fine bone china on a houseboat in Kashmir, climb Kolahoi Glacier, dine at The Hotel Imperial in New Delhi, and deliver an ancient scroll to a reincarnated high lama born into a Druid family in England.

The book, printed and bound by Friesens in Canada, is a well-made, 6 by 9 inch, 480-page soft cover with a velvet touch cover. The text portion is black & white and includes eight pages of images/maps/and such.

$18.50 for this Limited First Edition while supplies last. Add $3 postage in US. Outside US, please inquire.
Colorado residents add sales tax of $0.54.
Mesa County, Colorado residents add sales tax of $0.91.
Discount available to booksellers at a minimum purchase of 12 copies.
Available on Amazon.

Please order single copies through Amazon if that's easier for you. It's easier for me and there are times when I am out of pocket for two or three weeks at a time and therefore unable to mail books.

Following are some images (and some out-takes) from the book and some others that seemed appropriate. The postcards wended their ways through the postal systems of 1973 and 1974.

photo: Andy Kraftsow

Colorado National Guard in 1970 reacting to student demonstrations following the Kent State Massacre 

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Oregon Coast, USA

Oregon Coast, USA

Redwood forest, Northern California, USA




Notre Dame, Paris, France

Bordeaux, France

la Garonne river, France

Toulouse, France

Carcassonne, France, where the hostel was in the castle.

Sete, France


Genova, Italy

Rome, Italy

Corfu, Greece

Corfu, Greece

Athens, Greece

Istanbul, Turkey


image is Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

Tibetan mandala - hand painted

Dal Lake, Kashmir

Dal Lake, Kashmir

Tourist map of Kashmir (partial with Kolahoi Glacier)