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Three very different pilgrim journeys,
This review is from: Amber, Furs and Cockleshells: Bike Rides with Pilgrims and Merchants (Paperback)
Anne Mustoe's latest adventures are three quite different journeys - each in their own way 'pilgrim routes'. By her own admission she is a classicist and a lot of her narrative is interspersed with historical facts and observations. The indomitable ex-headmistress takes us from Skagen on the northernmost tip of Denmark on the Amber Route via Hamburg, Prague, Vienna and finishes in Aquileia. Just as you are recovering from that mini epic you are whisked off to Kansas. Kansas? you say, well on this journey Anne follows the pioneers on the Santa Fe trail over the American mid-west via Colorado to New Mexico. It is on the New Mexico leg that she experiences her 'coldest night ever'. Her description of the night sky 'I was blinded by the glittering planets and the swathe of galaxies so bright that they lit every pebble on my track. I stood gleaming in the frosty night, phosphorescent as a fish.' You can almost imagine yourself there, staring up and shivering too. Finally, she takes us on the famous pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela her third time! But this is quite a short description of her pilgrimage but as she says at the end 'I would not have missed it for the world'.
I look forward to her next book and only hope that I can emulate her on my own bicycle pilgrimage.