Anne Mustoe is frequently telling the reader how she isn't a superfit young adventurer, that she is simply an ordinary headmistress who one day decided to get on her bike and cycle around the world! This book focuses on her second journey that spans South America, Australia and the Pacific, Asia and Europe. It is not simply a catalogue of countries as she explains in her introduction but instead she divides her chapters into particular experiences and subjects; 'Good Days', 'Police', 'Solitude' etc. always seeming to end each on a positive note. There are clear maps and several appendices at the back regarding packing, money and itineraries which make interesting reading in themselves. There are stories that make you smile, those where you think 'you wouldn't catch me doing that in a hurry' and many that inspire. I'm sure she makes cyling across some of the great deserts of the world sound easier than it was but this is a woman who has come prepared and knows her stuff!
At the end of the novel Anne reveals how her perspective on life has changed from the hardships she sees others living under and the hospitality she receives time and again depite this. So you too will find yourself thinking in a way you may not have done before, that maybe, one day you too could get on your bike and start riding!