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These Are the Days that Must Happen to You [Kindle Edition]

Dan Walsh
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Book Description

"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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The travels and travails of the bike world's most notorious rebel

From the Inside Flap

"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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7221 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDVEG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions Of An Armchair Overlander 3 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback
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. I longed to be them, to ride where they rode, what they rode. At least give me a famous friend, and a BMW budget, and I'll do it, I'll be that guy.

Then I learned of the Vince, and how E&C had studied under him, then turned away to the darkside, the commercial side. How their ways had troubled the Vince and his followers and ripples had spread across the overland, spreading out from the HUBB. They were not followers of the way, those two, make that three, men alone with their fixers out of shot. They were wusses, they paid, they were paid, why weren't we paid?

How I poured over the HUBB, learning of the true way, a way without BM, absorbing everything they could give me through their TFT windows. Somewhere along the road I bought a bike, not a big one, no big budget for me, no licence either, I ride on the L's for the 'ell of it. The road less travelled is mine, the B-road for my B-movie, because only pussies take the motorways, only tossers ride big. 125cc is mine baby, all mine.

Ted Simon drew me in, but spat me out, I couldn't relate to his work, maybe he's too sophisticated for me, maybe his road is too different, his past and mine too far apart to relate. One day I know I'll come to him, he is the Father, the Vince the Son. And then I caught the whispers, hushed tones, you've not ridden till you've read Walsh. Walsh is the one, seek him out, he is the Spirit, no-one comes to the Father except through him. Pay his reassuringly expensive price. READ HIS WORDS.

So I am. Right now, reading. His words, his short staccato. Sentences.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read.... Now waiting for next instalment...
Well worth the read.
One of those few books that make you feel like its real and not a glossy Boucher...
Published 4 months ago by Mr C
4.0 out of 5 stars social and political observation, wit, and jaundiced bitterness,...
Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before, but now and again a book really breaks the rules of a genre and just doesn’t care. Read more
Published 6 months ago by j.p.c. tyson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Good Read
Found myself on the same Peruvian Altiplano road as Dan, exactly ten years later, and on exactly the same motorcycle. Read more
Published 8 months ago by david mcmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great biking Oddessy
Initially a laddish biking travelogue, this book develops into description of a more personal journey of discovery. I loved it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Philip Bayly
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 10 months 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 13 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 15 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 18 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 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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