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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009949356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099493563
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois makes merry work of a rough road. She knows how to tell a good story, and her light-hearted account almost disguises the grit, the resilience and the brave independence that lay behind her choices. Parts of that long run from Anchorage to Ushaia are really difficult, and she knows that the one bad accident she witnessed could as well have happened to her (as I know it could have happened to me). We all need the gods on our side.

It's a great read, and I hope there will be more

" (Ted Simon, author of 'Jupiter's Travels')

"If traveling is a sort of education, then Lois Pryce is now one of the world's most learned adventurers. Her misfortunes, related with wit and good humor, become our fortune, a great tumble of rough gems and gold. Her bike may not be fast, but her account is all speed and joy. Please, Lois, take another trip!" (Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of 'The Perfect Vehicle')

"Lois has pulled off a brilliant double whammy; a great travel read and a road trip I'm extremely jealous of" (Joolz Denby, author of 'Billie Morgan')

"Lighter than Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ... A modern day's Jupiter Travels. She writes well, moving lightly over her story with a deft touch and a calm wit. An easy read, and a very 21st century tale" (www.motorcycle.co.uk)

"The narrative roars along at a breakneck pace, and is full of funny asides and snappy accounts - among others - of adventures in a Mexican brothel, camping in Alaska or bribing her way across the numerous borders she crossed" (Sunday Telegraph)

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One woman, one motorbike, 20,000 miles across the Americas.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Storey on 13 April 2010
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Adventure motorcycling has become very mainstream since the adventures of Ewan and Charley on Long Way Round/Down. However motorcycling adventures have been going on since the 1930's when women like Theresa Wallach rode a motorbike and sidecar though the African continent. Lois decided to give up her job at the BBC and ride her 250cc motorcycle from the top of the Americas to very bottom. The ride saw her clock up over 20,000 miles though North and South America. Early on in her trip Lois has to deal with extreme weather in Canada and jobs worthy police which see's her bike get impounded but she gets by. Once she enters into North America she experiences some of the American dream and is joined by a fellow women motorcyclist in LA for the next leg of her journey. Whilst in LA Lois here's some horror stories about some South American countries and she and her travelling companion head across into Mexico with caution.
Thankfully these horror stories never materialist and Lois experiences all the ups,downs, joys, every biker expects when undertaking such adventures. During Lois journey her bike suffers the odd problem but their was always someone willing to lend her a hand. unfortunately towards the end of her journey tragedy does strike for another travelling women biker she meets but you should read the book to discover this.
The fact the Lois completed this journey on such a smaller CC bike is a real testament to her and you can't help but admire Lois throughout the book.
Their are all sorts of Motorcycle adventure books on the market these days and im pretty sure you would will miss out on a great read if you ignore this one.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lead Head on 16 Mar. 2007
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I couldn't put this book down and knocked it out in 2 days! It was well composed, intelligent, informative, shocking in places, very, very funny and a true story to boot. Lois has a disarming honesty and self deprecating humour as well as down to earth practicality, boundless optimism and enthusiasm a refreshing change from some of the 'badass bro' element in the biker press. Can't wait for the next one and I'm sure there'll be more!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T.J.P. on 13 Mar. 2007
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If you're into adventure motorcycling, you'll love every word. That said, this is most definitely a book which anybody would enjoy. I chose "Lois On The Loose" as lunchtime reading material for work and it took me about a week to finish, by which time people were quizzing me about my miracle diet. There's not much that can get between me and my grub, but this little gem managed it! Consistently funny, engaging, informative and beautifully written from the scene-setting intro, to the triumphant outro. In other words, one hundred percent entertainment. Nuff said...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debs on 12 Mar. 2007
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If you're fed up with your boring office job and are a motorbiking adventurer at heart this is a great read. Lois' entertaining descriptive writing makes it an easy read, and you feel as if you're out there experiencing the journey with her. It'll make you feel more determined to get out there and have a go, but at the same time if you can't its an excellent way to get a feel for what its like. Highly recommended and can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Brookman on 19 Nov. 2009
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Please, please don't take the reviews too seriously which say that this isn't as good as Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels. Lois isn't Ted Simon, and the little Serow isn't Jupiter, and people who compare one with the other are missing the point. I've read both, and while I found Jupiter's Travels a brilliant read, profound and interesting, I also loved Lois's account of her adventure. It's a light read, not dark like Simon's book, and it's fairly undemanding, just one of those books you just can't put down. I got it as a birthday present and read it straight through in two days. I found it very entertaining, and entertainment is why I read in the first place. She focuses mainly on herself and her reactions to things, and on the troubles of keeping a small trailbike going long enough to reach the tip of South America. There is less on the cultures she passes through, but that isn't a fault - it's what makes it unique and different from Ted Simon, or Robert Pirsig, or any other motorcycling author you care to read. If you want Ted Simon, read Ted Simon. Lois has her own take on things. (To the reviewer who complained that Simon never mentioned the bike, as if that was a virtue, I would reply that that was what I liked least about Jupiter. A bit more bike stuff would have made the book a lot more interesting to someone like me.)

As a year-round motorcyclist who is currently stuck with nothing better than a daily commute due to personal circumstances, I found the book a tremendous bit of escapism, and an encouragement to get out there and do it for myself - one day.

If you have any interest in bikes, or adventure, or in just seeing how a sassy young lady copes with situations that would make most of us give up, then buy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Payne on 25 April 2007
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"You're mad". "You'll get raped". "You'll kill yourself" were the just some of the words of encouragement Lois Pryce received when she announced she was going to motorcycle solo from the frozen wastes of northern Alaska to the fly blown tip of Argentina. Cheerfully straddling her underpowered Japanese trail bike, Lois sketches with forensic accuracy the real characters of the road: psychotic traffic cops, saintly mechanics, father and son Harley riders, jaded backpackers, strippers with make up tattooed onto their face and the deadliest of them all, the unsupervised South American male in a uniform. The pages turn as fast as the countryside - Lois' chatty prose is funny, warm and self depreciating making this book, I think, a must for any traveller contemplating a plunge into the unknown. Highly recommended.
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