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Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie by [Sykes, Andrew P.]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having previously read Andrew's "Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie" and being inspired to do a small cycle/camping tour myself as a result, I was eagerly waiting for the follow up. I wasn't disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed reading about his exploits across southern Europe. It was made all the more interesting for me by passing through many places that I was familiar with from various holidays, so I could imagine exactly where he was on his travels. One place didn't need much imagination as I was on holiday in Nice at the time and found I was staying across the road from the hotel used by Andrew and Reggie (didn't spot the launderette though).

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.
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I read many travel books, some are good, some are awful and when I started on this book, I had just skimmed a book about a cycle trip around the UK, which was really just a list of place names. This book couldn't have been more different. I enjoyed every page of the trip. A highly recommended read.
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Along the Med on a bike called Reggie

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
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The brilliant follow up to 'Cycling Across Europe on a bike called Reggie', this book follows Reggie and Andrew east to west across the Med crossing familiar, and not so familiar countries. He travels through 10 in all and as this includes Albania, not all the countries are ones people would think of visiting on a trip round the Med more famous for places such as Italy and the south of France. Andrew has a lovely narrative style, you feel as if you're there with him and you learn a lot too, but not in an overbearing way (no mean feat as he is a teacher - I wish he'd been my teacher, lessons would have been so much better!)
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!
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I like the fact that there is enough detail in the book regarding the route, cities, towns, villages, camp-sites and hotels that you can get into Google maps and street-view and follow his progress (except in Albania where the Google camera car might have got lost or stolen). See how easy it was for me to lapse into a Top-Gear-style stereotype of Albania there? It's good that Andrew doesn't allow himself to do that.
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.
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