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Touching The World: A Blind Woman, Two Wheels, 25000 Miles [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Birchall
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TOUCHING THE WORLD is the extraordinary story of Cathy Birchall, a blind woman, who set off with her companion Bernard Smith, to become the first blind person ever to circle the world on a motorbike, an 18 year old BMW R100. What transpired has become an inspirational worldwide story that challenges people to question their own self-imposed boundaries.


From desolate and dangerous mountain roads, difficult border crossings and numerous mechanical breakdowns, to climbing Wayna Picchu (first ever blind woman to do so) and riding an elephant mounted from the front (via its trunk!) - not to mention a poignant visit to the Centre for Blind Women in Delhi where they talked to women abandoned by their husbands, and an (inadvertent) overnight stay in a Kosovan brothel - this book has it all, travel, adventure, triumph over adversity, and through it comes a real sense of just what it means to be blind. Their heart-warming writing reflects a vivid account of the world, often hilarious and always positive.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8738 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd (20 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096QYO8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cathy Birchall

Sadly Cathy was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of the return to the UK and this progressed over the following four years to become terminal secondary cancer. Once her palliative medical care was completed, the next day, she and Bernard were married (August 20th 2012).

Cathy died 165 days later on 31st January 2013 in Warrington (Cheshire, UK).

The book of the journey was brought forward for publication so that she could hold it before she died. It is called 'Touching the World' and everybody involved in its production was, and still very much are, very proud of its story.

Cathy is survived by her husband Bernard who is riding their bike somewhere.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 6 Feb 2013
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Excellent travelogue and a touching story. Would recommend this book to anyone - not only motorcycle enthusiasts.
Couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching the world 19 April 2014
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This was the most inspirational book I have read and have been recommending it to all my friends. It was wonderful to read about the interactions between Cathy and Bernard and to read also the strain he went through to continue to describe what was going on around them as they travelled so that she could "see" the countryside as he negotiated the various road conditions. My heart went out to him in India. It was also touching to read about the change in officials' reactions when they discovered she was blind.I would rate this book as "REQUIRED READING"
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5.0 out of 5 stars just amazing 10 April 2014
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I love travelogues and this is up there with the best. I also could not put it down. Cathy and Bernard are not only amazing travellers, they are also very skilled writers and tell a brilliant story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Mar 2014
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A real-life tale of love & adventure. A blind woman circumnavigates the world on a motorbike with her amazing partner....a great read.
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