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To Infinity and Beyond: What Che Guevara started . . . somebody had to finish [Paperback]

Stephen Holmes
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24 Jun 2011
Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's journey through South America in 1952 on a Norton 500 motorcycle is one of the most famous motorcycle journeys of all time. Guevara's experiences on that journey led him to become a key figure of the Cuban Revolution and one of the greatest inspirational icons of the twentieth century. Steve Holmes and Pete Sandford's journey through South America in 2009 is arguably the least known motorcycle journey of all time, but it took them on the same route, through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Along the way, the pair did battle with some of the most dangerous environments on the lanet including the Atacama Desert (the driest place on Earth) and the mighty Amazon River. To make it just a bit tougher they made the trip on authentic period Nortons just like Che's. Che's motorcycle never completed the 5000 mile journey. Would Holmes and Sandford's 60-year-old bikes survive this epic trip? To infinity and beyond relates the dangerous and exciting adventure as they follow Che's route faithfully.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (24 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906821909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906821906
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Holmes is an ex-punk whose band once supported the Boomtown Rats. The anarchy may have died but his adventurous spirit remains. Steve is married to Amanda and has two sons. He got into two wheels via a Lambretta SX200 but nowadays rides a Ducati 749s so you could say his experience of bikes is diverse. Even so, the Norton 500 took some getting used to. So far Steve's South American experiences have not led him to start any revolutions in his hometown of Blackburn, Lancashire.

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'An astonishing book about an incredible adventure' --Mike Carter, author of 'Uneasy Rider' and 'One Man and His Bike'

About the Author

Steve Holmes is an ex-punk whose band once supported the Boomtown Rats. The anarchy may have died but his adventurous spirit remains. Steve (Blackburn, Lancashire) got into two wheels via a Lambretta SX200 but nowadays rides a Ducati 749s-Chalk and cheese. His other passions include skiing, water skiing, Manchester United and Stella Artois.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
What a dam good read, if you're a biker a traveler are like me just somebody who likes a good read, this book is for you. It gives a great insite into the different cultures of South America, it will make you laugh (Santa's Elves) it will scare you in parts, it may even restore your faith in human nature ( with stories of the generosity of the South American people, not to mention the Dutch woman).This book is a true adventure story, these guys did it all on there own, you guys had some bottle....and Steve you tell a bloody good story.....i almost felt like i was there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinity & Beyond 3 Dec 2011
By Janey
Format:Paperback
Fantastic read, it made me laugh, it made me think, it made me want to travel there myself (on the back of one of my boyfriend's bikes). Going to Cambodia at Christmas and am taking it to read again. It's a great adventure story told brilliantly by Steve - where are you planning next and let me know if you write another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic true story 6 July 2011
By Lisa x
Format:Paperback
What a fantastic read..I thought this book was gripping and full of adventure..the author has a great sense of humour which comes out in the book..A great true story with the ups and downs through every bit of there journey. With every page, paragraph and chapter i felt i was there with them. Simply great!! Lisa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Infinity and Beyond - Stephen E Holmes 18 Jun 2013
By Paul T
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Loved every page of this book. Unable to put it down at times as I was taken on every mile with the writer (Steve)and his companion Pete's epic journey through South America. The trials and tribulations these two guys encountered along the way was gripping, humorous, honest, factual and a truly eventful trip following Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's jounrney. i was enlightened and touched by the moving accounts and stories Steve captured from the numerous friendly locals they met along the way. From bike malfunctions, to crossing various countries borders without the knowing of what was happening next. The description of each countries journey and amazing scenery could be visualized as you read each page. I'm not a biker nor am I 'world' traveller, but with this book you don't need to be, your there on every page with these guys. Reading about the countries they travelled and the people they met, this book dispells a lot of stereotypes. I would without doubt recommend this book to anyone for a truly enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying read 4 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I had mixed thoughts about this book as I unwrapped it at Christmas. I like motorbiking and motorbike travel books, but have no interest in classic bikes or South America. However, I was wrong to think I might not enjoy it.

This is the story of a magnificent adventure through South America on insanely unsuitable bikes. There is danger, excitement and by the end of the book you're seriously willing them on to succeed. One of those books you can't put down.

There's enough in this book to satisfy the bike enthusiast, travelogue nuts and anyone interested in South America. If you thought you weren't interested in any of these, you will be by the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to tell the Grand Children 30 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
A mesmeric journey for Steve & Pete that will never be forgotten till the day they leave us! I'm not a bike fanatic but yet i was with them all the way whilst reading this book. What a fantastic story to tell, riviting read kept me hooked it was one of the quickest books i have read, because i couldnt put it down! Full of ups and downs, twists and turns, chicken and chips lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Infinity and Beyond. Stephen E Holmes 11 Nov 2011
By Mrs G
Format:Paperback
There is something truly inspiring about someone who is not content to just dream their dreams, but decides to realise them - especially when living those dreams means leaving everything that is familiar, comfortable, and safe. Stephen and Pete embarked on a journey that, let's face it, not many of us will travel. Reading this book takes us to places, and introduces us to people and customs we may never encounter, making this book an interesting read. However, it's Stephen's humour, enthusiasm, and honesty that make this book a great read.
Not one to take to the charity shop once finished - place it on the bookshelf, ready to be taken down when you feel like a little inspiration, or a visit to a fascinating far away place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster 14 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Took this book on holiday recently but had to wait til the end of the second week as everyone kept 'borrowing' it to read themselves. Well worth the wait though. A cracking tale of heroism and idiocy as Steve and his mate Pete follow in the footsteps (motorcycle tracks?)of Che Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granado ,on a trip of a lifetime round South America. For no apparent reason they decide to do it on the same make and model bikes that Che had used in 1952 , although as the author points out, when Che did it his bike was only 13 years old, by the time Steve and Pete do it they are 50 years older.
The bikes are the real stars of the book as, despite the fact that they are obviously not up to such a long and arduous journey (something falls off or needs repairing on nearly every page!) they never fail to draw admiring looks and comments from everyone who meets them.The fact that they were repeating Che Guevara's classic journey also strikes a chord with many in Latin America where he is still regarded as a folk hero.
The other star of the story is Steve Holmes himself who, despite may setbacks and disasters, is constantly able to marvel at the beauty of his surroundings as he rides through them. His engaging personality also allows him to connect with the peope he meets along the way, adding personal warmth to this marvellous story.He also eats a lot of chicken and chips and drinks a lot of beer
Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by des29
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me look forward to my ride in South America over the next couple...
I bought this book after meeting the author at HUBB UK last year. An honest tail of adventure and also the love between a man and machine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Funny good read
this one must be the best so far in the line of being funny as hell as the humour of this guy is just the best! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I'm not into bikes, but it's a great story of two middle aged guys motor biking around South America. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JoJo
1.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure, dreadful book
Just can't believe the amount of 5 star reviews here. The premise is just so great but the book is a complete let down and nowhere near as exciting or eventful as one would... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rhys Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant brilliant and funny
If you only read one motorcycle adventure book make sure it's this one.
Not only is it well written, but it's also funny and educational. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hilts
5.0 out of 5 stars First hand account of how it is in Argentina, Chile,Peru,Columbia and...
This is an excellent read. A must for any one doing visits to any of these counries on the cheap. Particularly if you want to get alongside the local inhabitants. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. G. Watson (Cyril the Squirel)
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down.
I bought this book as part of a Christmas present for my husband. He became enthralled with the adventure and found the book difficult to put down. Read more
Published 19 months ago by su-zette
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy trip on old nortons!
A brilliant book. They must have been mad to ride up thru South America on two old Nortons,following the trip Che Guervara did,totally crazy but they did it! Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by roadrunner
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Bought this for my husband who has a 1954 BSA. He has thoroghly enjoyed this book, as did I when he had finished it. It is now being passed around his motorcycling friends. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by L Smith
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