- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 588 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: Eileen Sutherland (9 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008216QI4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Changing Gear: A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria Kindle Edition
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not as yet popular for the cycling camper. Having navigated Germany and Austria without too
many problems, they found Slovakia, Serbia and Bulgaria a very different kettle of fish. To anyone
attempting to cycle tour through these countries I would wholeheartedly recommend reading this
down to earth saga of their journey. Realistically written, I felt at times I was there with them,
sharing a meal at the close of another exhausting day.
On a different note, my only criticism might be that the bereavement tone of the story was rather
overdone and pathos seeking which could have been more effective by applying a little more
subtlety to such a sensitive issue. That said, I enjoyed the book immensely and devoured it at a
* 'If we continue along the Ruhr, we're going to arrive fairly quickly in the foothills of the Alps'. No you're not - the Alps are 500 km away from the Ruhr valley!!
*Later on, they decide to take the train from Strasbourg to Ulm, as Eileen isn't keen on encountering the Alps 'again'. Why again when you've been nowhere near them? And going from Strasbourg to Ulm you would be cycling through the Black Forest, not the Alps.
* Then she misplaces the Rhine! They are cycling from Ulm to Regensburg and she talks about a place called Welterburg (which I assume is Weltenburg) and a journey across the Rhine. No Rhine there, it's the Danube! Oh well, it's only another one of Europe's great rivers, surely they are easy to mix up...
The book is littered with misspellings of place names - or at least it is in the part about Germany. I gave up after that!!
They claim they bought lots of good maps. It might have been an idea to consult them when writing the book.
The problem was there was really too much of it. 1 mention and then maybe say 'we had the day off as our minds were on other things'. would have been quite enough. We would all have known what that meant due to the explanation at the start.
I am very pleased they did the trip and had each other to sound off on. Every touring cyclist needs someone to talk to who understands what it is they have endured during their day. They have done better than I have and are stronger for it. Lets hope this has gone some way to healing the wounds.
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