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Mustoe's strict girls' school background is evident in her rigid planning and seriousness. She revels in solitude, dining by herself or watching TV after a long ride, and describing a "good night out" as attending a ballet alone--although she breaks her Girl Guide demeanour slightly when staying in China's cheap-and-cheerful gated lorry compounds or sharing a joint in a Byron Bay backpacker hostel.
Lone Traveller will be useful to anyone contemplating a foreign bicycle trip. Mustoe explores the pros and cons of cycling alone; dealing with police; tacking tough terrain; and the peculiar maps which neglect to depict whole mountain ranges. She includes her packing list and documents the varying reactions to a lone women cyclist--bewilderment in Brazil; house arrest in China; hero worship in sporty Australia. Although informative, it doesn't have the same spontaneity or spirit as Josie Dew's classic cycle diaries Travels In A Strange State and The Wind In My Wheels. Mustoe's rambling style is innocent and unembellished, both the book's joy and its downfall. While some will find Lone Traveller heart-warming and inspirational, others will tire of its matter-of-factness.--Sarah Champion
Bought as a present. I read the book previously and thoroughly enjoyed it. What an achievement for the writer to have branched out so late in life on these escapades all over the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anne Rose W
I haven't read the book yet, but I have read A Bike Ride which was superb.
I received the book promptly and it was in good condition
Anne Mustoe's books are gems. They all contain her scholarly knowledge, her enthusiasm, her curiosity and above all, her capacity for getting on with all sorts of people. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Antony L Smith
The more common questions about traveling are often consented around the practical aspects of cycle touring rather than the journey.
This is not the usual travelogue. Read more
This is the first Anne Mustoe book I have read and I'll certainly be reading more, it's a different take on a travel book, she devotes separate chapters for categories such as... Read morePublished on 6 July 2011 by mags