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Downhill All The Way Unknown Binding – 1994


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury (1994)
  • ASIN: B0063DQ1VU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2003
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Having enjoyed Greece on my Wheels I decided to purchase Mr Enfield senior's earlier book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The writing is excellent and the author makes you want to dust down your old bike and get pedalling right away. The author brings the French countryside to your home with his excellent writing and really makes you feel you are going on the journey with him.
If you buy only one travel book this year make it this one....and if you buy two make sure you also buy Greece on My Wheels!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Gilbert on 28 Aug. 2009
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Edward Enfield describes how he was initially motivated to venture into France on a post retirement solo adventure. Along the way he describes his trial runs with his wife and the build up to equipment selection for the big adventure. It's written in his inimitable style including his humourous encounters with other campers and French people along the way. He describes his final route in enough detail to be able to follow it on a map, how he uses the French rail system and finally he includes a section for others intending to emulate his own trip with a detailed inventory of his equipment.

As a good read, entertainment and an inspiration to do something similar it hits the spot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By V. Levy on 24 Sept. 2007
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I bought this book to read in Greece during the week before I embarked upon a Channel to the Med ride. I got distracted by temperatures of 116F and other reading materials and resolved to read it on the coach ferrying me to Calais from Leeds. Having then been distracted by good conversation on the coach I carried the book unread the length of France as I had full days and was too drunk at then end of the day to read....
I finally read it on my return to the UK and was so glad I 'saved' it until after the event. Reading the book beforehand would have solved some of the mysteries of the experiences that I had in France but more often than not, it rekindled memories of events that seemed trivial at the time of riding. A substantial part of my route coincided with the writer's and I shared many experiences with the author. The gentle humour of the book is wonderful and I only wish that I had managed to experience the plate shuffling ritual witnessed by the author.
Anyone wanting to experience a Channel to Med ride without having to do anything more vigorous then the effort to turn pages are well served by reading this book. Anyone wanting inspiration to 'Getting out there and doing it' will also benefit by buying the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cruise queen on 8 Aug. 2014
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I was a little disappointed with this book ,,, I was hoping for so much more. The author is by nature a very droll person and this is reflected in this book almost to the point of being boring . I dont know if its his style of writing or if its the actual content but I really found it hard going in places .. I kept wanting him to show some interest in his surroundings,, it seemed like what he was doing was chore and he was only doing it to write a book , not the for the joy of travelling .

I have bought another of the authors books ... I know it was on offer and hope its a bit more enjoyable than this one was for me .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LUCINDA on 15 May 2013
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By being totally unpretentious this author gives a very good indication fo what it is actually like to cycle across France .He is not a particularly good linguist, he is not banging any drums or pretending to be a great travel writer,and by dint of just bumbling along he has put together an amusing and rather nice book .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oldyottie on 3 May 2013
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Great inspiration if you are thinking of a grand tour at a leisurely pace - written with an excellent sense of humour
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Really enjoyed this road book.An easy going writing style that gives a good insight to life on the road for a month.Interesting detail about local towns and useful details regarding camping,eating and bikes on trains.It has made me want to give it a try,and I am hoping to do my first short cycle trip in France this year.Hope to give the full end to end trip a try in the future.
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Different from the usual travelogue, this book is more a collection of memories of a journey from North to South across France.
Written quite some time ago, before the Euro, but does offer some interesting information and tips that may influence a journey being planned.
Much will have changed by now, the story is a fairly light read.
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