on 2 April 2000
I appreciated this book especially because I had read "A Bike Ride" - Anne Mustoe's earlier book on long-distance cycle rides. It is interesting to see how the solitude and physical discipline of the life of a lone traveller has changed her, and how much she has learned from her experiences. The chapter on solitude is, I thought, particularly interesting.
on 15 February 1999
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!
on 10 February 2001
Anne's decriptions helped me "feel" her journey, nay, her adventures...her travels through the loney and sometimes dangerous places left me holding my breath... the sights she described I "saw" too...a wonderful book by a brave woman..and I thought my travels alone were something to write about! Well done! I have told all my friends about these two great reads...
on 7 February 2004
This book is a must for anyone of any age or background, contemplating travelling for an extended period. Full of very practical advice and personal accounts that do nothing to take away the discovery element of travel and exploration but everything to make you want to leave sooner.
Anne Mustoe's book is especially honest and, as previous reviews have pointed out, the chapters do not follow the chronological order of her journey but focus more on using countries and examples to illustrate specific key experiences of the author. I will ask my family to read this before I embark on my own cycling journey as Anne Mustoe reassures, educates and inspires within one very enjoyable book.
on 10 February 2001
Anne's decriptions helped me "feel" her journey, nay, her adventures...her travels through the lonely and sometimes dangerous places left me holding my breath... the sights she described I "saw" too...a wonderful book by a brave woman..and I thought my travels alone were something to write about! Well done! I have told all my friends about these two great reads...
on 6 July 2011
This is the first Anne Mustoe book I have read and I'll certainly be reading more, it's a different take on a travel book, she devotes separate chapters for categories such as "solitude", "company" which makes you feel as though you know her. She has a quirky sense of humour too, great easy reading for the beach or relaxing at home.
on 31 January 2014
Anne Mustoe's books are gems. They all contain her scholarly knowledge, her enthusiasm, her curiosity and above all, her capacity for getting on with all sorts of people. I was at her funeral and was most impressed by the character of all her family and friends who clearly adored her.