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The Adventures of Coconut Head by Ted Schredd

As I went back through my handwritten journals and the original book to create this updated second edition, numerous times, I caught myself uttering, "Man this guy is crazy," followed by, "Wait...that’s me I'm calling crazy."

FYI: The cover for my book on Amazon is quite different...tame in comparison to the one shown here. They made me change it. I'm still a bit miffed. Amazon is the largest online bookstore in the world...what can a guy do but comply. 

Praise for the Book & Ted Schredd

"There was begging for food, racists that were rude, magnified moods and a lot of crazy dudes. But I don’t want to give it all away, just yet. “It's a feel-good story with a positive message about meeting goals. I would totally recommend this book.” —Lisa MacFarlane, producer of the Urban Rush Television Talk Show

An excellent fun book to read from start to finish. My only complaint was that I read it too quick!" —Mark from Canada

 “His sense of humor will eventually win you over, as will his incurable romanticism.” —Province Showcase, Vancouver Province, Vancouver, BC

 “I was hooked from the start, entertained, amused, and enlightened by each morsel.” —Kirsten Fraser, Where Magazine

"The Adventures of Coconut Head was an incredibly entertaining read that still ranks as one of my Top Ten Favorite Books!” Tom Haibeck, author of Wedding Toasts Made Easy

"Ted Schredd's Coconut Head book inspired me at just the right time. And it may inspire you to conduct your own incredible adventures somewhere in the world!” —Darren Alff, The Bicycle Touring Pro -

“Not only is it a great action adventure book, it’s one of my favorite books ever!" —Robert Jack Harrington, Vancouver, BC

"Great travel book ... it had me hooked from the first page!” —Graham,

“The Adventures of Coconut Head was hard to put down and was laugh out loud funny!” —Dean Payne, sea2summit Adventure Racing, Vancouver, BC

"His imaginative narrative gets to the heart of what it means to live your life as an adventure. I credit Ted for saving me from the horrors of a mundane life." —Steve Leroux, Seattle, Washington

“Ted Schredd is a threat to literature!” —Fiona McCaw, Monday Magazine, Victoria, BC

“This book is the incredible record of his journey, complete with cartoons to bring the wacky days to life." —Fittingly Yours Magazine

“It's a really fun book to read…He earned my respect while amusing me with his story.” —Randall W. Perkins



Note from Ted Schredd


My name is Ted, and I want to tell you about the biggest life-changing experience of my life.

On October 4, 1992, I left Vancouver, British Columbia, to ride a bicycle to Key West, Florida. I had no training, no experience, and no tent. I did have a sleeping bag, a piece-of-crap mountain bike, and $160. I ended up having the adventure of a lifetime.

After eleven months on the road and nearly 9,000 miles (13,000 KM) later, I was back home. The Adventures of Coconut Head is the story of my adventures around North America.

First released in 1996, The Adventures of Coconut Head was a Canadian bestseller. Having retained the copyright from the original publisher, I can now share my adventurous quest with a whole new generation.

Every day was full of contrasts, challenges, action, and adventures. I experienced:

  • Breathtaking vistas and easy pedaling to headwinds that stopped me cold going downhill.
  • Various nighttime accommodations...from staying in a luxury suite in Key West, Florida, to sleeping in a drainage tunnel.
  • Plenty of mental breakdowns and a couple of police shakedowns.
  • Sleeping under the stars in the redwoods to being caught without shelter in the middle of a hailstorm. 

This trip was fraught with risk and reward, many unpredictable characters, plenty of obstacles, and somewhat surprising results. It was an adventure that provoked possibility in my mind like never before.


  • Left Vancouver with a Canadian girl and returned with a nurse from Texas.
  • Inspired to me to become an author, illustrator and professional broadcaster.
  • Over 300 media appearances promoting reasons to be environmentally friendly. 

My purpose in life is to inspire people to inspire other people. There is something powerful about connecting inspired souls that resonate. The more inspiration there is in your home, community and workplace, the easier it will be to connect, create and move the world to a more peaceful, environmentally friendly place. If you want to be part of a community of inspired souls that help each other, please visit my website (link below), and register to receive my "Get Inspired and Pass It On" e-newsletter. 

Thanks for connecting, Ted 


About Ted Schredd

Happiness guru and the world’s zaniest sane person.”

Joy Ross

I am a Canadian adventurer who blatantly dislikes being cold. I have always had a curious side to me. Most often, my curious nature has caused me to ponder how to enjoy life and have fun. Over the years, I have had a wide range of interesting jobs that have shaped who I am. Read below to find out more. 

My purpose in life is to get inspired and pass it on! To me, there is nothing more rewarding than mentoring, helping, or inspiring someone who then goes out and does the same for other people. I believe that we will make a positive change in this world by getting people tuned into what inspires them. Once they get clarity, it is up to the rest of us to support and encourage those people to act on that inspiration. 
Something magic happens when people find their inspiration―they positively affect everyone that comes into contact with them. One inspired soul can light thousands and thousands of candles. 

About ten years ago, I lost a brother to cancer, and it really shook me. It was totally unexpected and swift. At that moment, I decided that I wasn't going to get hit with that death surprise thing without having the time of my life. So I sold all my stuff and went wandering.
Since then, during the winter months, I explored: Lake Atitlan in Guatemala; Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; and Portland, Oregon. In the summertime when the snow was long gone, I dipped back into Canada. And no, I don't plan to settle down anytime soon. 

I am a nature addict. If I could, I would live outside all the time. I love to hike, bike, and take pictures in nature every opportunity I get. I specifically like Tucson, Arizona, because of the amazing cycling and sunny skies that are always available. 


So here are a few of my work highlights. 

GUATEMALA WRITING RETREAT: I figured that if I was going to write a book about inspiration, I needed to unleash my verbiage in an inspiring location. I have always wanted to write a book in a warm, faraway place, so I headed to Guatemala for the SmartAss Buddha project. I ended up in a quaint little apartment called Luna Azul that had a rooftop deck nestled in between the volcanoes on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

My office was surrounded by coffee plants, mango trees, tropical birds, and had a stunning 360-degree view of the lake including all the geographical elements that hold it in place. I survived on fresh fruit and vegetable juice and was electrified every morning with the most amazing lattes I have ever tasted. 

But it wasn't all fun and games. I had to deal with regular power outages, earthquakes, being chased by hungry street dogs, and sloth-like Internet speed. The good news is that all those experiences only intensified my sarcasm skills. Between the locals, the views, the fruit, coffee, and an ideal location to create, I was able to stay focused and happily write the SmartAss Buddha

BIG BIKE RIDE NUMBER 3: Just for the fun of it, in 2009, I cycled from Summerland, British Columbia, to Los Angeles, California. It took about six weeks to cycle the 1,500 miles (2,500 KM). 

FUN RESEARCHER: I set up a website to promote my book Grandma Knows the F... Word, and the Internet went crazy over Thanks to Google ads on my website, I was able to create a healthy passive income. This gave me the ability to "research fun" activities, people and places...and then write about and photograph my experiences. I have to say, it was not the worst gig in the world.

CORPORATE SPEAKING: I have given multiple presentations across Western Canada on "How to Have More Fun in Life." Through stories, pictures and videos, I had audiences laughing and rethinking the direction of their lives. Speaking at corporate functions was extremely stressful and didn't bring me great joy. When your goal is to get everybody to quit their jobs and live life on their own terms, many in the corporate world tend to avoid you.

AUTHORED GRANDMA KNOWS THE F... WORD: I had a blast writing and promoting this book on my philosophy of fun for adults. I garnered lots of press including three appearances on national talk shows. 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER: I was hired to shoot the amenities at numerous resorts throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I shot hundreds of thousands of images of hotel rooms, swimming pools, restaurants, and local tourist attractions. It was a challenging gig but the perks were truly amazing. Numerous times while shooting at a beach location, I had to pinch myself as I ordered another plate of coconut prawns. 

BREAKFAST TV SHOW HOST/PRODUCER: I was hired to help launch Vancouver Television. As the host/producer, I screened and booked guests. From Monday to Friday, I scouted locations and conducted live street reports for the Vancouver Breakfast Show.


  • Broadcasting live with the most talented creative team I have ever experienced.
  • Was blacklisted by the RCMP at the APEC conference for dancing on the press tables.
  • Left to carry the entire show on remote location until further notice while the studio was being evacuated because of a fire alarm.
  • Interviewing Leslie Nielsen, Tommy Chong, Super Dave Osborne, Wolfe Blitzer, Peter Jennings, and more.

BIG BICYCLE TRIP NUMBER TWO: Sponsored by Powerbar, ASAMA bicycles, and Ryder Sunglasses, I set off on a four-country bike tour of England, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. This challenging, six month, ten-thousand-kilometer bike tour toughened my butt and gave me some wonderful and unpredictable experiences.


  • Unknowingly took amphetamines while experiencing heatstroke and continued to ride.
  • Attacked by a kangaroo in Pretty Beach, Australia (south of Sydney).
  • Spent Christmas on an emu farm.
  • Ruined Christmas dinner for twenty people.
  • Had my camera stolen by a monkey and had to wrestle it back from him.

AUTHORED FIRST BOOK: The Adventures of Coconut Head: One Big Bodacious Bike Trip chronicles my 8000-mile bicycle ride around North America. In the book, I share tales of my crazy experiences and the characters I encountered on the road. About following your heart, the book had a huge impact on the launch of my writing and broadcasting career. 

RADIO TRAFFIC REPORTER ON A BICYCLE: With no broadcasting experience or training, I pitched the program director at Z-95.3 FM, Brad Phillips, about creating a new job position for me. Brad went for it! For the next two years, I cycled over 12,500 miles (20,000 KM), reporting traffic from the streets of Vancouver as the World's First Radio Traffic Reporter on a Bicycle.

Some of the Live Radio Bits:

  • Going in a sewer and then popping out to see if I can see my shadow on Groundhog Day.
  • Live broadcast of bike ride-along with the police.
  • Chasing a helium-filled, sheep-shaped sex toy across the city.
  • Live broadcast from Mazatlan, Mexico.
  • Offering a listener $50 to steal someone's breakfast at McDonald's.
  • Shaving my back and having listeners guess how many cups of hair was collected.
  • Offering listeners a chance to win tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game for using a hockey stick to shoot cream-filled donuts at my head.
  • And dozens more.

Here is a note from the best boss I have ever had: "In the early days of Z95.3 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia, we wanted to do traffic reports with a twist. Every other station had planes or choppers with reporters and we had Ted on his bike! He was very entertaining and it became a big part of our station." Brad Phillips, General Manager, Corus Entertainment

BICYCLED FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA to KEY WEST, FLORIDA and BACK: With $160, no experience, no camping equipment, and a piece-of-crap mountain bike, I rode from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California, east to Key West, Florida, north to Montreal, Quebec, and back to Vancouver. 


  • Left Vancouver with a Canadian girl and returned with a nurse from Texas.
  • Created a bestselling book: The Cycling Adventures of Coconut Head.
  • Inspired to me to become an author, illustrator and professional broadcaster.
  • Over 300 media appearances promoting reasons to be environmentally friendly.


SELF-EMPLOYED SKIING VIDEOGRAPHER: Without knowing how to ski, I decided to move to Lake Louise, Alberta, and start a small business. I created holiday videos capturing individuals, friends and families on vacation. After getting lectured by the marketing director of the ski hill about how nobody wanted to have videos of themselves on vacation, I got out of town and headed to Vancouver. I continued to shoot on Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, Whistler, and on slopes in the interior of British Columbia.

FRISBEE INSTRUCTOR: Yes, it's true. I ran a program to teach ten-to-twelve-year-olds how to play freestyle frisbee. Once the kids learned some skills, the top performers were sent to Florida for the North American Championships. I am not lying; it was my job and I was paid for it. I sincerely don't remember the high school counselor mentioning this as a career opportunity.

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