- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 143 KB
- Print Length: 57 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Simon Atkinson; 1 edition (23 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BKOS250
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Basel or Bust Kindle Edition
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It is not a long book at around 57 pages but at a mere 77 pence, it isn't a bank buster either. So, can a 57 page book be interesting? Well I believe this book proves it can. For a first book by an author who has never attempted anything like it before, I think Simon has done a good job and I hope to see more (and longer) books to come.
Simon decided to ride the LEJOG (Lands End to John O'Groats) with his mate Doug and ended up riding 1000 miles to Switzerland and back! Well, we all have plans that turn out like that don't we?
This turn of events came from finding that, after all the planning into to the route and stopovers, the good old British rail system let them down, so Europe it was then.
Basel or Bust is nicely written as a diary in which each days journey and events are layer out. Like all good cycle touring books, it has ups and dows, emotional as well as hils. Meetings of characters and descriptions of the places traveled through. They also have to have drama and this book had it when events lead to Simon completing the ride alone after reaching Reimes on day three.
Alone now, Simon hunts out McDonalds, mainly for free WI Fi, to keep family back home aware of his progress as he ploughs on towards Switzerland for a short visit before heading back to Calais and then home.
All in all, this is an enjoyable read. Simon tells it like it is for the whole ride and, for stats fans, lists each days achievements. I really enjoyed following Simon on his first literary bike tour and not only recommend the book but really hope there will be more to come.
have plans of reaching Basel this month on a trip from Rotterdam along the Rhine river valley
through Germany. However, I was disappointed. I thought that a blinkered, speed freak cyclist only interested in 100 miles a day cannot possibly be qualified to write a balanced account of a journey through a foreign country. He clearly didn't enjoy it for its own sake but took care to include a piece about how he had cycled a mountain with
We mostly were treated to his food intake lovingly described together with his unfortunate stomach
problems. Has anyone ever given you the lowdown on healthy food, appropriate calories and a balanced diet for someone riding a 100 excessive miles a day. I doubt it as bread burgers and beer
will not go far. Did you even see a vegetable or piece of fruit as you hurtled along, keen to reach the
end, only to rush home as quickly as possible. For many cyclists, its about the journey, and not the destination, which is of secondary importance. Enjoy the road you are travelling by, instead of cursing it because its too steep or too boring. Did you even see France?
Instead, you actually made me LOL (laugh out loud, for the uninitiated) on several occasions. I was completely clueless about the CNWS (Cyclists Numb Willie Syndrome) that both you and your riding buddy suffered from and knowing about it now dosen't encourage me to take up European cycle touring. Not that I was ever likely too, eh?
I particularly enjoyed your scientific approach to fuelling yourself, the cable ties and a town called 'snot hole'.
How much fun can you have for 77p? Buy the book and find out! He might even inspire you to get the bike out.
Not me though.
My only request would be for some photographs and a map. I know the camcorder went in the bin but we all like happy endings , don't we bunnykins! (Sorry, couldn't help myself).
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