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Miles from Nowhere: A Round the World Bicycle Adventure Hardcover – Nov 1983


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (Nov. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898860849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898860849
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,866,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1998
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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 By A Customer on 14 Feb. 1999
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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 By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1998
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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 on 7 Jun. 1997
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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 By A Customer on 15 Jan. 1998
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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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By Milemuncher on 20 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I first read this book a decade or so ago and I remember vividly how shocked I was to reach the end and read of the author's untimely death in a motor accident on her bike close to her home a matter of months after her safe return from a round the world tour. The knowledge was all the more shocking because of the warm rapport she established with the reader over the 300 plus pages of the book. I closed the book with a real sense of loss and awareness of a life full of promise cut short by a cruel twist of fate.

In a sense then its impossible to review the book and not find myself reflecting on the warmth, vitality and courage of Barbara Savage herself, and the tragedy of her loss for her husband and fellow traveller, Larry. Reading the book again over the last few weeks I was struck again by just how vivid and lively an account the author offers; she has a happy knack of making her engagement with the people she meets central to her adventure. Her humanity and openness shine through the book over its full length. This is much more a book about people and their motivations than it is about bikes and their features and its all the better for that.

This is not to say it was all free wheeling downhill: the trip was clearly a challenge as well as a triumph. Barbara and Larry found their relationship tested in the tough moments of the trip. Her early struggles to cope with the physical demands of riding long days, her dislike of the culture shock experienced in Egypt and India, periods of debilitating ill-health and bouts of isolation and recurring
homesickness take their toll on her enthusiasm and on the pair's relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Searle on 24 Jan. 2008
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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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