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Life in the Slow Lane: a patient quest for adventure [Kindle Edition]

Dave Cornthwaite
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Six years after quitting a job in order to chase his passions, Dave Cornthwaite hit a crossroads: one way, consistency. The other, adventure.

Driven by a promise never to get caught up in the rat race again, the next eight months became a resolution to travelling slow, appreciating life by moments, welcoming the kindness of strangers and embracing as many new opportunities as possible.

From the relative solitude of a sailing voyage across the Pacific to a dangerous yet soul-enriching ride through the American South on a unique four-wheeled Bikecar, Dave's determination, grit and indomitable humour is matched by candid, enthralling storytelling that will have you selling all your stuff and rethinking your priorities before heading out in search of a life changing adventure.

This is a story about what can happen if you follow your heart and allow the smallest seed to transform into something so much bigger. Not just once, but time and time again.

About the Author

Dave Cornthwaite, 33, from England, is a Guinness World Record-breaking Adventurer and Author. Dave's adventure career is defined by the ambitious Expedition1000 project, a series of twenty five separate journeys of at least one thousand miles in length, each using a different method of non-motorised tranport. By July 2013 Dave had completed 8 of the journeys including skateboarding the width of Australia, Stand Up Paddleboarding the length of the Mississippi and swimming 1001 miles down the Missouri River. Dave has written three books: BoardFree, Date and Life in the Slow Lane.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIC9GF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Cornthwaite, 33, from England, is a Guinness World Record-breaking Adventurer and Author.

Dave's adventure career is defined by the ambitious Expedition1000 project, a series of twenty five separate journeys of at least one thousand miles in length, each using a different method of non-motorised tranport. By July 2013 Dave had completed 8 of the journeys including skateboarding the width of Australia, Stand Up Paddleboarding the length of the Mississippi and swimming 1001 miles down the Missouri River.

Dave has written three books: BoardFree, Date and Life in the Slow Lane.

Official Website: www.davecornthwaite.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/expedition1000
Twitter: @DaveCorn
Blog: www.davecornthwaite.tumblr.com

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about an interesting adventure 10 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
Dave's journey from Memphis to Miami by Bikecar forms the central and most interesting part of this book. He successfully evokes the spirit of that part of America, giving life to the characters and landscapes he meets. In a very un-English way, he is very candid about his emotions - perhaps all that time in America is rubbing off on him?

Looking forward to reading about the swim in due course, I suspect it will be a good story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has lit a fire in me! 25 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are countless 'jack it all in and do what you love' books, but if I could impart one piece of advice with total confidence it would be to forget the others and buy this one, like RIGHT NOW.

Dave perfectly balances an intrinsically humble attitude with sharing the deep pleasure and sheer exhillaration of serious adventures that challenge him physically, mentally and emotionally. He writes with an easy conversational style which I'd compare to a modern-day Jack Kerouac, only less random and bonkers...

In between liberating, life-affirming and sometimes spooky experiences on the road, Dave very gently and very thoughtfully prompts us to question the way we prioritise our lives.

Within the first 10 pages, this book had awoken something in me that's probably been dormant since I knucked down into the responsibilities of adult life - maybe not a full on bonfire just yet, but the embers are definitely glowing!

Dave writes with such positive attitude and spirit of adventure that he'll make you want to get out there and LIVE, immediately.

What more could you want from a book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another "boys own adventure"! 4 Sep 2013
By N. Tee
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Dave Cornthwaite's book "Life in the slow lane" is so much more than just another boys tale of adventure. A heart warming read from the start, Dave's writing style draws you in completely. It's like being told the story by an old friend, filled with wit and humerous observations on life, love and the strange lives of our friends 'across the pond'!

I purchased this book wanting to read about the adventures Dave has experienced, but got so much more! Whilst telling the story of his epic 1000 mile journey on 'Priscilla' the bike car you learn about what makes Dave take on these challenges, and what made Dave take his life from the average plod of a standard job, to a life filled with new adventures, new challenges and new friends across the World.

"Life in the slow lane" is as much about challenging our perceptions of what makes us happy and how we can take life by the horns and seek fullfilment through adventure, as it is about the adventure itself. It has inspired me to look at my own life and re-visit the simple things that can offer huge rewards, I'll be spending more time on my bike from now and I'm planning on buying a decent hammock!

All in all this book was the perfect companion for a week spent on the beach, inspiring my own children to take on a life of adventure by introducing them to surfing and kayaking on the superb coast of Cornwall. I'm about to look at Dave's other books now as I'm ready to read more, I suggest you do the same.

Review by a newly invigorated Adventurer - Andrew Tee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Explorer and motivational speaker Dave Cornthwaite carries us from his desk in Swansea to the Pacific Ocean and through the deep south of the United States with flare, energy and determination. His philosophy for happiness is a tonic for inspiration in his latest work. He approaches love, sporadic gunfire, prehistoric predators in Florida's swamps and stone cold hunger with humour, flare and a refreshingly self-depricating tone. A thrilling read that will glue you to your couch in an effort to inspire you get off it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be inspired 28 April 2013
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Dave Cornthwaite's ethos is to "say yes more", to make every moment and every opportunity count. That ethos comes to life in the pages of his latest book, which is as engaging as it is thought-provoking. Combining stories from his Expedition1000 series of original adventures, including sailing from Mexico to Hawaii and pedalling a BikeCar from Memphis to Miami, "Life in the Slow Lane" will be an inspiration for anyone with the faintest spark of ambition for living their life unconstrained by convention. Eloquent, insightful and funny, I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 21 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Dave's book is great! Really enjoyed reading it, well written, funny and builds a lovely picture in your head of a fantastic journey through USA. Leaves you wanting to take up a mad, different adventure of your own and say 'yes' more. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to experience this book! 18 Feb 2014
By Ross
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am not normally a fan of books that are not far fetched fiction. I like the escape factor, drawing myself away from the daily hum drum of urban living. For brief periods you can be a pirate or detective etc. My point, non fiction books have never appealed at all. However, clearly, I read this one and I fell in love with it.

I picked it up on a random encounter with Dave's other work, 50 ways to make 50. He came and gave a talk at my University and I sadly missed it. I did however have a natural curiosity towards how someone can hold the title 'adventurer' in the modern age so did some googling. I have never though of myself as the jealous type, it turns out I am a rather jealous person afterall! Dave had done all these amazing things, skate boarded across Auz, SUP'ed down the Mississippi, doing random jobs for the day and I had to know more.

I immediately purchased this book and, although I was initially excited, I thought this would not be my 'cup of tea' so I delayed it somewhat. This was even after being enthralled by the section amazon lets you access for free, I could not get over my concept of this is not my sort of thing. Ironic really as the book is about Dave's journeys, seeking new experiences and saying yes more to things as well as a chunk of the experiences in his life.

The book itself is refreshingly honest about his adventures, what he takes away from them and the periods when it is all done, his 'post adventure' lows. Daves writting style (not that I am in anyway an expert on this) flows from page to page, I found myself swept up in his quest for a lady friend, his sailing and how he interacts with people on his journey. I marveled at his recount of everything that happened especially considering how busy his life sounded on the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read.
An inspiring story about taking on an adventure and putting your neck on the line to see it through. Read more
Published 20 days ago by CAROLINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of adventure!
This is a great adventure story, I am not really one for autobiographical stories but this was written in a way that made you feel as though you are part of the adventure! Read more
Published 1 month ago by lAURA M JACK
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure nonetheless
Don't let the title fool you - this is still an adventure book and all about life's greatest adventures whether that is in love, on a yacht, Stand Up Paddleboard or even a bikecar! Read more
Published 3 months ago by chatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, funny, daring, what's a comfort zone?.
Why would anyone want to pedal a bikecar over a 1000 miles and in the American south?. Read the book to find out, it's worth it!. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cycletribes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
I must admit, I wasn't convinced during the first ~60-70 pages... But I was determined to read it, and boy, I am happy I did! Read more
Published 3 months ago by SophieSz
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual adventure book, much better. Funny with a twist of...
What can I say, this book certainly starts with a bang! Pedalling a bike car 1000 miles is a story in itself, but add to that, near-death experiences, people wanting to fight you,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Blethyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Go out there and find adventure! (and buy this book!)
After buying the Life in the Slow Lane personally from Dave himself, having listen to him speak three times, I was keen to read his book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LeanaGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
When I came to the last couple of chapters of this book I didn't want to read them purely because I didn't want the book to end, what would I read after this? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars The People's Adventurer
Dave Cornthwaite's book is an absolute breath of fresh air. No matter whether you are an armchair adventurer or a world explorer, his book offers something for everyone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Icarus
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