Downhill all the Way: From La Manche to the Mediterranean by Bike: Cycling Through France from La Manche to the Mediterranean Paperback – 5 Mar 2006
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"A charming and witty work!"
-- Destination France, autumn 2007
"Would make an excellent read when sitting around the pool this
-- About my generation.com, July 2007
"a plucky pensioner... an engaging writer given to only the occasional burst of pomposity" -- Park and Holiday Homes, July 2007
"a witty and extremely entertaining book... a delight from start
to finish... charming and above all very funny."
-- sixtyplusurfers.co.uk - online magazine for the over 60's, June 2007
'Charming anecdotes... Retiree Enfield recounts his north-south crossing of France in a humorous, heart-warming fashion' -- London Cyclist magazine, Aug/Sep 2007
'Hilarious... This book is sure to delight a lot of its readers'
-- Kirriemuir Herald/Forfar Dispatch, 8 May 2008
'he encountered many wonderful and eccentric people, and he writes here with warmth and wit of his great adventure.' -- The Good Book Guide, February 2009
The wit and enthusiasm of this book makes it easy to see where
Edward Enfield's son gets his comic talent
-- Mature Times
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I have bought another of the authors books ... I know it was on offer and hope its a bit more enjoyable than this one was for me .
I finally read it on my return to the UK and was so glad I 'saved' it until after the event. Reading the book beforehand would have solved some of the mysteries of the experiences that I had in France but more often than not, it rekindled memories of events that seemed trivial at the time of riding. A substantial part of my route coincided with the writer's and I shared many experiences with the author. The gentle humour of the book is wonderful and I only wish that I had managed to experience the plate shuffling ritual witnessed by the author.
Anyone wanting to experience a Channel to Med ride without having to do anything more vigorous then the effort to turn pages are well served by reading this book. Anyone wanting inspiration to 'Getting out there and doing it' will also benefit by buying the book.
If you buy only one travel book this year make it this one....and if you buy two make sure you also buy Greece on My Wheels!
As a good read, entertainment and an inspiration to do something similar it hits the spot.
I probably enjoyed his book on the Danube ride more because I had also completed it from Pasau in Germany to Vienna. His section on Poland was interesting as I now live there.
He certainly did not seem to push himself or over exert in any way whatsoever. As he never seemed
to complain about aches and pains or exhaustion like other cycle authors. But then they probably were cycling 100km daily which seems quite standard for most of them. And they certainly would
not have time on their deadline schedule to mess about with ancient monuments. Perhaps this book is a refreshing change to the motto of going flat out for all you are worth as its not always necessary to enjoy yourself, which is, after all, the point.
I enjoyed this book for its accounts of places and their history which Enfield is well able to describe in an enjoyable way. So if you ignore the author it is a good book!
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