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What Were We Thinking? Bicycling the Back Roads of Asia

What Were We Thinking? Bicycling the Back Roads of Asia [Kindle Edition]

John Vogel , Nancy Sathre-Vogel
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Two strangers teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime journey that left them both changed forever.

Nancy and John arrived in Pakistan with little more than bikes and dreams. The ensuing year found them pedaling remote pathways of Asia, over mountains and through deserts, dodging traffic, holy cows - and the occasional rock thrown at them from a cliff by hostile natives.

They explored back roads and tiny villages rarely exposed to western eyes and fell in love - both with the beauty of the lands they traveled and with each other.

Over a hundred photos included on the ebook version!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9518 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GC9IH8
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a story!! 2 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has been lurking on my to read list on my kindle for ages, I finally got round to reading it last week. Wow .. I cant do it justice . Two strangers meet up to do a bike ride through Pakistan and Asia. They were lucky enough to be able to take time out to do this.. To start with John was racing ahead and Nancy wanted to take things at her pace.. it made travelling difficult but love was blossoming.. they split up for a while but that was when the both realised they needed each other to complete this difficult journey.

The book is very descriptive.. I really enjoyed it, I didnt realise how awful the children could be.. pushing rocks down off high cliffs as they were biking past !

It does have a happy ending and it was a pleasure to read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars What life would be like if you were utterly fearless ... 12 Oct 2011
By Torre - Published on
I just finished reading What Were We Thinking? by Nancy Sathre-Vogel and John Vogel and--after following along on their year-long cycling adventure through Asia--I have one pressing question: what were they thinking?!!

For those reading who aren't familiar with Family on Bikes, they've just completed a 17,300-mile journey from Alaska to Argentina with their two young boys (on bicycles, just in case you didn't catch that key detail). I was so inspired by this family's epic accomplishment after reading their blog, that I considered doing a major bike tour myself. After all, if a family of 4 can achieve something like that, I can too ... right?


The book alone had me feeling as though I had dust in my lungs and bruises on my rear. After 308 enthralling pages of vicarious adventure, I desperately wanted a shower, a decent meal, a course of antibiotics, and a hug from my mother.

The journey begins in Pakistan with school kids trying to kill Nancy and John with rocks. Joy! From there, they cycle China, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, enduring relentless hills, horrible illnesses, funky accommodations, and seemingly constant sexual advances from lecherous strangers. Double joy!

Despite the hardships, Nancy and John take everything in their stride. Instead of avoiding challenges, they gravitate towards them without fear, making me wonder how they've thus far managed to avoid winning their very own Darwin Award.

Of course, there's plenty of beauty along the way too--from sleeping under the stars, to the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas--so it's easy to see what draws them to this slow and unique form of travel.

Cycling Asia may not be an adventure for the faint of heart or the weak of legs, but it does make for one hell of an interesting read. Through Nancy and John, I got to experience what life is like when you're completely and utterly fearless.

-Torre DeRoche
Author of Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey! 7 Mar 2012
By David L. Roberts - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a really engrossing read! I wouldn't have had the guts to take on an adventure like this, but I'm so glad these folks decided to share it with us so we could get a little flavor of it. I didn't want to put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well told story of an amazing journey 19 April 2014
By Bill Mc - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Great story about two people that started a 13 month bicycle trip across parts of central Asia as total strangers and ended up engaged & married by the end of the book (not a spoiler).

The authors took turns writing different chapters in the book about their journey across Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as a "Vacation from their vacation" to Thailand. Both authors did a great job in not only telling the joys of the trip, the almost exclusively friendly and welcoming people, the incredible sites, scenery, and history, etc.; but also the not so pleasant things such as abject poverty, incredibly poor sanitary conditions, their health issues, treatment and role of women, and the rare but significant episodes of people that were not as friendly and welcoming as most.

Also well told were the conditions of the bicycling itself. Extremely crowded cities with poor infrastructure, throngs of people curious to see a Westerner mobbing them in every village, steep and seemingly endless climbs, narrow, potholed and boulder stricken roads and paths.

Many books and stories of these kinds of travel are often exclusively, and probably falsely, positive. While this book was mostly positive about the experiences, the two authors were not afraid to say when their were frustrated, embittered, or completely outraged by their experiences be it the conditions or the cultures. But they eventually took it all in stride and looked back positively on the experience.

I chose this book as an avid bicyclist. I would also recommend for anyone also interested in adventure trips, or an honest, first person telling of a visit to that part of the world.

Just bought Nancy's next book, "Twenty Miles per Cookie..." anxious to read it.
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