German couple crosses North America
by C.F. David
from contributions from Cynthia and Angela LeGrand, and website information
Detlev Henschel considers himself to be a “Ronin” a drifting man. The title comes from Japanese Samurai lore. When a Samurai lost his lord or leader, he was cast adrift to roam, becoming often leaders themselves, rogue warriors, robbers and sometimes murderers. Henschel’s Ronin philosophy in a nutshell is “Life is sudden death overtime. One today is worth two tomorrows.” “I am the opposite of a crank who can only think one thing, he writes.” The philosophy made Henschel turn his back on the German business/industry in which he trained as a banker and educated himself in science. (He has a Doctorate in Botany.) He explains that as an executive who “walked away” he is not welcome back. In response after several adventures around the world, and a brief stint at owning and running an African Safari company, Henschel founded in 2000 Ronin-Doc, a consulting company. In 2004, he founded Ronin Productions to produce documentaries.
According to text on Henschel’s website, (www.detlev-henschel.com), he fears
His walk across
This trek is only one of many but one
of four with books written or in the publishing pipeline. He has books on
He lists as his hobby- “Extreme living and thinking”.
He is fluent in German, English and Swedish and “can survive” with lower German, Afrikaans, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Nowegian, Russian, and Danish.
Henschel’s companion, Katrin Frommhold is educated in video journalism.
She is 40, (He only writes “Yes” under his date of birth), and has been with Henschel for about 14 years; previous to two years ago she joined him for two weeks each year in one of his “adventures”. Then in 2005 she quit her job and joined him full-time, using her journalism background to begin shooting documentaries about their travels. She drives the RV and makes sure that Henschel is picked up dropped off in the same place, so that each day’s walk begins where the previous day ended.
She learned her English by living in
Henschel’s decision to cross
He marveled as he passed through a mountain pass and saw before him vast grasslands.
Henschel also loves the American Southwest, reveling in the fact he’d seen rattlesnakes sunning themselves, heard coyotes and wolves, and seen turtles crossing the roads.