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2.0 out of 5 stars The struggle is the read not the ride., 23 July 2012
This review is from: Old Man on a Bike (Paperback)
I've read close to 20 overland adventures by bicycle, motorcycle and car, and have undertaken a few Ironbutt rallies myself (1,000miles in 24hrs on a motorbike etc.) so consider myself fairly informed. Simon has a reporting style which restricts sentences to less than 10 words and I found myself constantly re-writing each line. What starts out as an affable chap with a laissez faire approach to life quickly becomes a muddling idiot who can't ride a motorcycle. While this genre does include a fair chunk of clueless riders - it's an adventure after all - most cover this with self-effacing comic analysis. Simon slips into a more tragic old victim mode, who has to overcome his bad luck, plus some political opinions which might have been of interest to the naive 1960s, but in the internet age, of little value to the reader, and his views struggle with just 10 words or less a sentence. Pales to bleached fuel tank paint against Mondo Enduro and Lois On The Loose among others. I admire Simon for what he did at his age, but given his writing experience, this was a poor record of what should have been a life-changing experience.
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