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These are the Days That Must Happen to You [Hardcover]

Dan Walsh
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3 July 2008
"Riding a bike removes the need for clutter, toys, rubbish that other men have to take on holiday. If I want adrenaline, I'll rush a giddy overtake, not rent a jet ski." The world through the eyes of Dan Walsh is never less than Technicolor, and always uninhibited, rebellious and on the edge. Not since the days of Jupiter's Travels has one man embarked on such an angry, narcotic-fuelled bike trek around the world. "For me, Chile will always be South America's supermodel sister - very beautiful but too long, too skinny, and too expensive to ride, and despite the groovy exterior, unpleasantly right-wing underneath."Dan has travelled the length and breadth of the world on his BMW F650 GS Dakar. Along the way, he's visited Buenos Aires, where 'revolutionary' means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone that's also a camera. He's been mistaken for a bum in New York, bashed by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracted typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, and visited The Most Beautiful Road in the World in Peru. "I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grifter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget who's upset cause I winked at him. These are the days that must happen to you." Soaked in adrenaline and coruscatingly funny, Dan Walsh is the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation.


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846053102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846053108
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The travels and travails of the bike world's most notorious rebel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Riding a bike removes the need for clutter, toys, rubbish that other men have to take on holiday. If I want adrenaline, I’ll rush a giddy overtake, not rent a jet ski."

The world through the eyes of Dan Walsh is never less than Technicolor, and always uninhibited, rebellious and on the edge. Not since the days of Jupiter's Travels has one man embarked on such an angry, narcotic-fuelled bike trek around the world.

"For me, Chile will always be South America’s supermodel sister – very beautiful but too long, too skinny, and too expensive to ride, and despite the groovy exterior, unpleasantly right-wing underneath."

Dan has travelled the length and breadth of the world; in Africa, on his XT Desert Rat; across the American continent, on a BMW F650 GS Dakar. Along the way he's visited Buenos Aires, where ‘revolutionary’ means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone that’s also a camera. He's crossed the dry sub-Saharan savannah, which is like riding across a piece of toast with a mouthful of crackers. He's been mistaken for a bum in New York, bashed by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracted typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, visited The Most Beautiful Road in the World in Peru, been kidnapped in Kenya and finds that downtown Soweto is about as threatening as Stockport.

"I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grifter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget who’s upset cause I winked at him. These are the days that must happen to you."

Soaked in adrenaline and coruscatingly funny, Dan Walsh is the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Dan tells it like it is 7 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
If you want to get an honest feeling of what riding a bike is like for normal people, not superhuman daredevils, this is the book for you. His insight into the countries he visits, the people he meets, teaches you more than any travel guide or history book. Since getting this I havent been able to put it down. He is selfish, dumb at times, ignorant, all the things real people are and this book reflects its.

For those of us who will never snort cocaine with a prostitute in South America this is good way of finding out what it feels like and more importantly how you end up in that state in the first place.

Sit back, enjoy and start questioning your own priorities.

Have fun and keep drifting
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but be warned... 1 Aug 2008
By Bob E.
Format:Hardcover
If you've read Dan's writings in Bike magazine, you'll know how "colourful" it can be. If you enjoyed his writing enough to be thinking of buying this book then you, like me, forgive him for offending (everyone eventually!) and probably admire his honesty.

I'd have given this book five stars but for two things - the subjects of the warnings in my review title:

1. If you've read Dan in Bike magazine - you've read the book. I'll be getting rid of the mags (one day) but the book will remain and be read more than once!

2. You may not want your teenage kids reading it. They may (?!) learn things you'd rather they didn't and they might like the sound of them.

However, warnings aside, a great read from an inspiring character.

Dan, if you;re reading this - keep riding and writing till you find what you're looking for. Then write about that too :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Recommend Highly Enough 28 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
'These Are The Days That Must Happen To You' chronicles two epic bike journeys undertaken by journalist/thinker/hellraiser Dan Walsh: firstly a trip the length of the African continent to Cape Town and a second journey from Canada down to Buenos Aires in South America. Although much of the book's content has previously appeared in Bike magazine, this shouldn't stop you buying this fantastic book.
For those of us that harbour dreams of The Big Bike Trip, Dan is an inspiration. He stopped dreaming and got on and did it. And how. The writing often manages to be incredibly moving and yet laugh out loud funy on the same page. We follow the author in his journeys through incredible landscapes, break-downs, run-ins with the law, run-ins with border guards and encounters in countless bars across the continents.
Buy this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seen there, been there 15 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As somebody who has done the same trip through Africa and actually toured on one occasion with the author, I just wanted to add my bit.

Dan has a unique style of writing that a lot of people find refreshing and a few won't get.. (It couldn't be any other way.) And, yes, Dan does drink and smoke a lot... I endorse all of the other reviews here - they are all correct!

It won't win any literary awards and is not competing with the likes of Jupiter's Travels. This is not a philosophical tome. It is Dan living life his way and recounting the experience in his own unique style of writing. I have read many other travellers' tales and there is nothing comparable.

I could write a similar tale without any embellishment, so what we have here is a genuine memoir wrapped in a unique style which, in itself, is very refreshing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Happen 27 April 2009
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If your a biker with a yen to drop it all and ride the world and cannot be bothered with all the Long Way stuff, here is the guide book. Places to see, how not to service your bike, but how to live every minute of the trip. If you like bikes, North and South America and Africa, looked at from an adoring stance you will love this book. It is a collection of articles from Bike magazine and its ia treasure trove of delights and will make you cross at the stupidity and laugh out loud at the joy of finding places and people that make travel worth the effort. Its not a how to do it book, more this is how I did it and this is what it felt like. Dan Walsh really hit all the highs and lows of this kind of undertaking, from losing his girlfriends and breaking his bike to finding new people and like minded friends all round the world. You dont need a sophisticated bike and back up, you need a simple single BMW and an urge to go.

Buy it for the biker you want to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green with envy 9 Dec 2011
By Redline
Format:Kindle Edition
Teaches the world that a packing list for a long weekend in Malaga is sooo irrelevant when our intrepid hero sets off across the Sahara with '5 packets of Marlboro, three litres of coke (warm), three baguettes (stale), and a tub of Nutella'..

I've read this book 3 times.. everytime I love it.. and wish I could put Tesco's home delivery, a subscription to Bike.. and the detrius of 'Middle Class Dad' with scrummy wife and gorgeous kids behind me for an adventure like Dan's..

Highly Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Brando of motorcycle adventure 27 Oct 2009
By Hutch
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent! DW is the Brando of motorcycle adventure - Every bit as motivational as Ted Simon...& knocks Ewan & Charly's efforts into a cocked hat..as real & seedy as it gets but pulls you to the open road like a Siren's song...Reading the other reviews it's not for everyone...Read a couple of pages from a library copy & you'll either ditch it or log on to Amazon for your own ... One to be read again & again. Best of luck with the next one, Dan ...hope you find what you're looking for ...& don't kill youself trying...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. i have read a few motorcycle travel ...
Amazing book. i have read a few motorcycle travel books and this one is by far the best. Dan Walsh's style of writing is very good and is like Gonzo journalism. Brilliant!
Published 20 days ago by Lloyd Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan the Man
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A writing style you will either love or hate, like Marmite. If you do like it, you will think, he did it, what's stopping me? No really, what's stopping me?
Published 3 months ago by Jerry Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars a bloody good read
i really liked this book,the way dan writes is funny & really enjoyable.i could picture the multiple fixes & problems that happened & the super laid back way in which he either... Read more
Published 5 months ago by vek
4.0 out of 5 stars true Dan Walsh
Apart from Ogri, now gone, Dan Walsh was the best thing in bike magazine, so his loss to the travel bug was a great disappointment.

I should have reserved judgement. Read more
Published 9 months ago by watchman
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Walsh rides again!
Enjoyed the mans musing for a while! ... the man is a poet! ... but then ... not sure why, but the musical ramblings became a pain in the wotsits! ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions Of An Armchair Overlander
I found the road less traveled like so many before me, led there by an actor and his Obi-Wannabe, watching as Ewan & Charley blazed across the globe, across my Sky. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alex Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage
Where do I start? This book promises so much yet fails so miserably.
The book is a poorly written series of magazine articles haphazardly thrown together to create a 'story'... Read more
Published 21 months ago by idledriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great unconventional travel writing
For anyone who enjoys Dan Walsh's occassional travel articles in Bike magazine, this is essential. In truth, much of the book is simply an edited compilation of these pieces, the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David Wareham
2.0 out of 5 stars These are the days you wasted reading this tedious drivel!
Early on in this rag-tag belch of words the 'author' (and I use the term loosely) admits, "the opening's a bit weak - clunky, naïve, and laddy. It picks up... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT READ IF YOU ARE INTO BIKES AND TRAVEL
BEEN INTO BIKES ALL MY LIFE AND DO QUITE A LOT OF TRAVELLING SO I QUITE ENJOYED IT QUICK AND AMUSING WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR
Published on 18 April 2012 by Graham Nicol
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