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Beautifully evocative and insightful account,
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This review is from: The Road Gets Better from Here (Paperback)
I am reading a lot of this type of stuff at the moment and this ranks with the classics of the genre; Mondo Enduro and Jupiters Travels. Despite Ted Simon and at least one member of the Mondo team being experienced journalists this is probably the best written adventure motorcycling book I've read. Adrian Scott is obviously a very perceptive and intelligent guy who would appear to have learnt at least two languages (Russian and Farsi) in preparation for this trip, giving him the rare boon of meaningful communication with most of those he encounters.
But this highlights my one niggle: there is almost no personal information here about him, his background or his everyday life. He starts the journey as a stranger to us and, to a great extent, ends the journey that way too, although the book really conveys the fears, discomfort, frustration and exhilaration of his very personal experience.
He attempts a very similar route across Asia as the Mondo boys but in reverse (natural for someone hailing from Australia I guess), learning how to fend for himself and cope with the demands of the journey at it's most confronting and physically arduous phase in the gulag region of Siberia.
He, like Ted Simon, learned to ride a motorbike as the preferred mode of travel for the trip, and his lack of riding skill, technical knowledge and mechanical sympathy are nearly his undoing on numerous occasions. He makes up for it with great receptiveness to his surroundings and openness to those that he meets, often at these critical moments, which see him rewarded with generosity and kindness by many people along the way. Great illustrations of how a crisis is often an opportunity for a life affirming encounter in these situations, and how 'western civilisation' might just have lost something important along the way.
So anyway, buy this book, make the man a few quid, and he might take another trip and write another book as good as this one. Not just a great motorcycle travel book but a great travel book. Period!