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Give the book a miss - get the DVD instead
on 1 February 2006
I was expecting great things from this book, having thoroughly enjoyed the DVD's of the trip - what I wasn't expecting was a round the world whinge.
From the beginning of the book, there were tears and tantrums, and this seemed to carry on for the entire journey.
How these 2 survived each other is a mystery to me, my heart bleeds for poor old Claudio who had to endure 3 months of earache - no wonder he had the reputation for being quiet and thoughtful, probably wishing himself into a happy place miles away from Ewan and Charley.
I'm sure there are loads of us out there who would love free bikes, equipment, support teams and lucrative TV and book deals, but these boys really looked the gift horse in the mouth. Fair enough it must be a hassle being recognised, but why study acting if you're camera shy?
Just have a look at the Equipment page (all supplied for free) in the appendix, and you'll realise how spoilt these 2 have become.
It's a shame that what could have been an interesting and enlightening book about foreign cultures and places, descended into angst-ridden torture. If Ewan and Charley spent more time looking out, rather than in, we might have been better informed.
In short, if you're after a biking travel book, give this a miss. If you're interested in the psyche of a pair of self indulgent over privileged actors, it'll be right up your alley.