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The Uncertain Adventurer,
This review is from: Thunder and Sunshine (Paperback)
I've now read Thunder and Sunshine and Moods of Future Joys, both of which tell the story of Alastair Humphreys' cycling journey around the world. Thunder and Sunshine has a more accomplished writing style and the reader is swept from country to country with the author, sharing his exceptional experiences, and gaining modest insights into the bad times too. What I liked most about this book is that it isn't a simple account of a gung-ho jolly, but a very human depiction of how it is to pursue your dreams. Humphreys maintains that he's not a physical superhero, that he's not exceptional in any way, but that he set off, wracked with self doubt, and stuck with it until it was done. Thunder and Sunshine tells of the extremes of his physical environment, human kindness, tenacity, freedom, relishing the privilege of his journey, and of endless jam sandwiches. I congratulate him on the achievement, both of completing his trip, and of writing such an engaging account.