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Along the Med on a Bike Called Reggie Paperback – 1 Aug 2014
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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!
books I have read, and even surpasses the likes of the good and great in the world of cycle touring writers. It was so well written and in such a chatty and unique style, that I never felt that any information was superfluous, as can be the case with some such travelogues. I sincerely hope I won't have to wait too long for his next amazing account. Very brave to seek out those warm showers people. Always a risk, especially as how and where you actually sleep is an unknown surprise. Not to mention socialising with strangers at the end of another epic 150km ride. Where does he get his energy! A very memorable line was when he arrived at yet another dubious campsite, but at least it was cool under the trees, and he wrote that he was looking forward to
a good erection under the trees. I hope you and the tent were very happy together. In fact there were an abudance of humourous observations, wry witty comments and light hearted banter. I also appreciated, being a keen touring cyclist myself, that he never scrimped on the accounts of his actual cycling, the lows and highs, the roads and all he can see along the way.All the quirky puzzling sights of a foreign land, and the perceptible differences between the countries he passed through. And how important to well being a road surface can be. As you can see, it can make or break an entire couple of days, as in the green ways of Spain, or chunks of Albania. I am planning a tour of the Rhine Valley this May, from Rotterdam to Basil in Switzerland. Perhaps one day Andrew may go there and write another amazing book. Or maybe I will, and we can compare notes.
The book however was about more than the cycling. Andrew writes informatively and wittingly about the places he visited and the people he met along the way.
Having read Andrew's books and having being to take advantage of his experiences as told in them I now feel inspired to go with my bike (no name) along some of the roads that he has travelled.
Thank you Andrew, you are an inspiration to me and, I am sure, other cycle tourists.