- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3636 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Publisher: CyclingEurope.org (27 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M783KDW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew's style is easy going, and I think he has the balance between the details of his journey and the background history and information about the places he passes through just right. He puts his own spin on the factual information so you don't feel he is simply quoting a guide book at you. I don't think you need to be a keen cyclist to find the book interesting and a good read as anyone can appreciate the effort required for a journey of this distance and enjoy Andrew's observations of the people and countries he encounters.
I bought Sykes' first book, Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie, and was underwhelmed with it. Had I not bought this book in the same transaction I don't think that I would have bothered after my experience with the first book, which would have been a shame as this book is much better. The author seems to be less cutting in his comments about his fellow members of the human race and his prose has got more interesting. Perhaps someone has had a word. Sykes is a funny man, but needs to work on when to stop milking a joke - Guardian readers/kaftans went on long past it's best before date. The trip itself was about as heroic an adventure that you can have on a bike without needing a visa, with massive average and maximum daily mileages well past my capabilities.
With teachers getting holidays every 7 weeks or so, cycle touring writing could become a very profitable venture. Enough to buy some spare spokes perhaps?
More effort needed with the spell checker, otherwise 8/10
I love the fact that he is prepared to make up the route as he goes along, when prepared plans don't work out; the fact that he's happy to stay with complete strangers goes a long way to restore your faith in humanity too. I'm not a cyclist but this makes me wish I was and any keen cyclist will want to follow in his footsteps, non cyclists too come to that!
He has recently completed a journey from Spain to the Nordkapp (Norway) and I am now eagerly awaiting that book, due out next year. Here's to many more adventures for the pair of them so we can discover more places with him!
Did he really go all the way from Athens to Fossano in Italy without pumping Reggie’s tyres up because of his Presta valve phobia?
A ballsy ride:-
- not missing out Albania
- cycling on busy roads
- meeting up with complete strangers to spend the night
- covering long distances in one day
- making the route up as he goes along
What gives the book it’s edge is the arranged meetings along the way with Warm Showers and blog followers.
Being a self-confessed “small-time eco warrior” he doesn’t pull any punches when criticising the daftness of the cycle unfriendly road systems.
Nice colourful cover art. Makes a big difference to sales.
Is there a Josie Dew style equipment list at the back of the book? No, but it is on the web site here http://cyclingeurope.org/blog/about/the-equipment/
Does he take a camping stove and cook? Does he eat from a £30 titanium mug using a spork? No, and I don't blame him.
Great advert for Booking.com (is he on their payroll? :-))
Looking forward to the next one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining and easy to read book. Looking forward to Andrew's next one.Published 4 months ago by Mike
Great book, very well written covering the challenges of the journey and some great information on the destinations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L Rutherford
I love the book. The story telling is superb and you have a real sense of being with Andrew and Reggie during the many mini adventures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Andrew has the ability to tell it as it is and keep the reader tied to the page. I never got bored and always wanted to know what was coming next. Read morePublished 6 months ago by d j putnam
This book is so worth reading that I must give it 5 stars! Andrew's previous book was outstanding and this is even better!Published 6 months ago by Bippo
Couldn't wait to start reading it after finishing his first book. I loved the humour which had me in fits of laughter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Book Addict
Great read. I felt I needed to be along for the ride. Looking forward to the next volume in the series (if there is one?)Published 8 months ago by A Genealogist
I imagine that most readers would be cyclists of some description, as I am, but this is a book that does not labour the cycling too much. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer