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3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no Ted Simon book, 6 Aug 2007
This review is from: Lois on the Loose (Paperback)
This is a book about a woman riding through two continents on a motorcycle. As such, I was expecting a lot of the two continents, the warmth or hostility of the locals, some of their history and culture and the way their lives touched Ms Pryce and vice versa. In truth, the book was mostly about the woman, partly about her motorcycle, a great deal about fellow bikers and their characters and very little about the countries through which she rode or their amazing people. Reading the first seven pages of Ted Simon's "Jupiters Travels" hammered it home as it barely mentions the bike except to describe how petrol starvation brought him to be at a wedding and of the people and their customs on show at that happy event.

Nevertheless, "Lois on the Loose" is a well written and flowing account of how Lois gave up the day job and crossed continents. I enjoyed it but I've read better and, while I hoped that the book was a voyage of discovery, it was more about discovering if one can ride from Alaska to Argentina.

Don't make the mistake of believing that this was travel on a shoestring. I suspect the 9 to 5, she's so meticulous in dismissing heavily in the first chapter, didn't harm her much, as there's just one night, in Alaska, that she mentions was spent under canvas. The credit card seems to have rescued her from any further camping and it's hotels, hostels and the hospitality of friends all the way to Argentina.

While we learn little about the people she passes en route, we seem to be treated to many chapters on the Amalia character, which is a pity, not least because if she was that much of a nightmare, why did Lois stick with her instead of going it alone as she had for so much of the journey already? It sounds like, if Amalia is as bad as Lois describes (and I don't think Amalia will ever get her say) both Lois and we had to suffer her for a good portion of the book, at the expense of learning more about the places she passed through while Amalia was bitching.

I understand Ms Pryce is travelling through Africa, now. I hope the next book is a little less about Lois and a little more about the places she's "On The Loose" in.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2010 15:00:41 GMT
Bill Miller says:
"....there's just one night, in Alaska, that she mentions was spent under canvas. The credit card seems to have rescued her from any further camping and it's hotels, hostels and the hospitality of friends all the way to Argentina. "

The book has multiple references to nights spent camping; it appears to be the default. Cheap, bug and prostitute-ridden hotels are only used where the camping alternative is impractical.
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