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Riding the Mountains Down [Kindle Edition]

Bettina Selby
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At the age of 47, Bettina Selby, mother of three grown-up children decided to cycle alone from Karachi to Kathmandu. Her account of this often hair-raising epic journey provides an unusual view of Pakistan and India, and records some vivid memorable encounters with people met on the road. Although she enjoyed much kindness and hospitality, the reaction of some local men to an unaccompanied Western woman was, to say the least, unpredictable and sometimes ecalated close to dangerous violence. The heavy physical stress of keeping going in broiling heat on dust-blown and treacherous roads full of speeding trucks, ancient buses, bullock carts and herds of animals was a constant drain. In the Himalayas the ride became even more dangerous with avalanches, floods, bad curry and stone throwing children. But Bettina survived it all and wrote an account which has become a travel classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 33432 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mountain House Publishing (19 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SZ3IP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Format all wrong so can't read it 5 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't know what's going on, I love Bettina Selby's books but can't read this on tablet or Kindle as it's in a strange image format which displays the page far too small.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable travel accounts from a courageous lady. 9 July 2014
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bettina Selby has got to be one of my favorite travel writers. You feel like you were right there traveling with her. She clearly gave the readers all sorts of information about all the countries she set out to tour, i.e., her writing reflected on the country's history, political and socio-economic situations and all the hardships and joy she experienced. I like her style of writing. It revealed to her readers what she experienced throughout her journey, her astute observation on each country--its people and their lives-- and how she adapted admirably to any situation she encountered. As a female traveling on her own, she expressed very clearly not only the hardship she encountered but also the joy and freedom she got due to the mode of transportation-- her bicycle. I'm not sure how many female travelers had traveled on a bicycle in the early eighties, to countries such as Pakistan and India, the exotic Nepal and hiking to the Himalayas. I admire her courage and strong will to complete this difficult journey. I truly love reading this book and I wish I had half of her courage and stamina to travel the way she did.
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