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Miles from Nowhere

Miles from Nowhere [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Savage
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Description

* A well-loved, classic tale of adventure
* Read this and you'll find yourself recommending it to friends again and again

This is the story of Barbara and Larry Savage's sometimes dangerous, often zany, but ultimately rewarding 23,000 miles global bicycle odyssey, which took them through 25 countries in two years. Miles From Nowhere is an adventure not to be missed!

Along the way, these near-neophyte cyclists encountered warm-hearted strangers eager to share food and shelter, bicycle-hating drivers who shoved them off the road, various wild animals (including a roof ape and an attack camel), sacred cows, rock-throwing Egyptians, overprotective Thai policeman, motherly New Zealanders, meteorological disasters, bodily indignities, and great personal joys. The stress of traveling together constantly for two years tested and ultimately strengthened the young couple's relationship.

As their trip ends you'll find yourself yearning for Barbara and Larry to mount back up and keep pedaling. It's a story that makes you feel like you've grown right along with the author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1613 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: The Mountaineers Books (31 Jan 1985)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading for bikers and adventurers 14 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I gather this book has become a classic for touring bicyclists. The book was very exciting to read, and I felt as if I was there with Barbara and Larry experiencing their highs and lows. These were real people living a real adventure. In this day of Hollywood personalities, TV lala-land, phony celebrities, flaky sporting events -- Barbara and Larry showed what common, unknown, down-to-earth REAL people can accomplish with average physical strengths, but a determination that celebrates the human spirit. I only wish there were a few more pictures in the book of their travels.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 31 Dec 1998
By A Customer
I read this book whilst contemplating a ride across America to New Zealand and Australia and it served as the inspiration I needed. 'If Barb could do it so could I' I said to myself. The hardest step on a long distance bike tour is the first one and the author clearly expresses her apprehension and excitement as she prepares for her journey.
I recommended it to my partner and now she has the travel bug ! DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU CAN NOT RESIST TEMPTATION !!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total inspiration! 14 Feb 1999
By A Customer
If you ever dreamed about doing something really adventurous at least once in your life, you must read this book! There's no sugarcoating here - Barbara writes about the worst as well as the best of times, and it left me feeling that I will have never really lived until I do something like this myself. I wonder what they were thinking as they first rode out of Los Angeles, having never attempted anything remotely similar to this, and without even having really trained for it! I loved the part where they excitedly tried to strike up a conversation with the american tourists from the tour bus. Hysterical! And what a contrast of experiences between Barbara and Larry, and the typical "ugly americans" on the typical vacation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelogues rarely get as good as this..... 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Admittedly the writers were not pros at literature composition but so what? What I wanted to read was a down to earth honest story and I got it. Barbara was very good at putting you right there with herself and Larry. I have bought several copies of this book and have given them to everyone that ponders a long trip. Always keep a copy because reading it once is NEVER enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Miles From Nowhere puts the reader onto a touring bike for better or for worse.Barbara Savage tells it how it is.This is a book about how the love of cycling and the love for ones' partner can transcend any obstacle.It put me sweating beside them in Egypt and and into blissful rest in a fishing village in Portugal.For a no holds barred account of what cycle touring is all about,read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a *real* inspirational book. 15 Jan 1998
By A Customer
I read this a little before my own first long bike trip over ten years ago. I still recommend it to friends and strangers. It is a great book about going for a dream, persevering, coping, having a great time, and working with what you get. I agree the writing is not prizeworthy, but so what? It's sort of like getting a really long letter from a good friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is magic! 24 Jan 2008
I love this book, it will be an inspiration to any person who dares to up base and explore the world. It's extremely well written and very funny at times. I did wonder though if Barbara did not have some premonition about her own mortality for she did mention her death quite a few times. The tragedy was that she was killed cycle training for a race after her return from her travels. One to treasure in her memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put this one down..... 21 Nov 2007
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this was a great read, i loved this book it was so down to earth and real, none of this travelling with no problems at all, it had all the awfull things that would happen to you if you decided to just up and leave and travel the world on your bike and all the wonderfull that happen too! a terrible twist at the end though. I will be reading this book again and again.......
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is an ancient tome describing a journey undertaken in ...
This is an ancient tome describing a journey undertaken in 1978.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and moving
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only A Third Of the Way Thorough BUT .......................
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Published on 14 Oct 2009 by I. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish you were here?
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