Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain Paperback – 12 Mar 2015
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'beautiful descriptions of the British coastline from Cornwall right up to the Highlands, a book for cyclists and armchair travellers alike.'(Red Magazine online)
‘Warning: Reading Eat, Sleep, Cycle may reveal hidden desires to take on long distance cycling touring trips, and eat lots of fish and chips.’(Total Women’s Cycling)
‘colorful characters are met along the way, and her doggedness in carrying on, when she admits to herself (in Wales) that she doesn't want to do it anymore, is impressive and potentially inspiring’(Perceptive Travel Blog)
‘most enjoyable… the book would appeal equally to a non-cyclist’(Cycling World Magazine)
“Anna has a beautiful way with words that lifts her adventure story out of the ordinary and into the sublime. Her lyrical descriptions had me itching to saddle up and explore beautiful Britain for myself.”
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There's an overwhelming feeling that her sole aim every day was to get to her next night stop, no sense of seeing much along the way other than what she saw sideways as she pedalled past in a panic to get the miles over and done with. Whilst a journey of these proportions inevitably means that progress has to be made, I did feel as though I was being chivvied along with Anna on her journey. I almost wanted to shout at her "slow down a bit Anna, lighten up Anna, London will still be there if you take another month!"
Great achievement though, hats off to her as she actually did it. I hope I am able to do the trip one day on my 3 speed Pashley carrying my camping gear. I shall take 6 months and walk my bike up the hills. And enjoy the views :)
I read this in parallel with Mike Carter's "One Man and His Bike". (Better written, more joy and a very flexible schedule). Reading them together and guiding both of them round the same places on the coast at the same time made for a very compelling read.
Overall it is an entertaining book , and is most probably how people would complete such a feat : pre planned with deadlines and impressed with your achievement. I give it five stars as it is exactly what it says in the title "Eat, Sleep, Cycle"
The book is well written, the descriptions of the people and landscapes the writer encounters and of her struggles against the terrain and weather transporting you to that part of Britain.
I rode from Lands End to John O'groats on a similar schedule, staying in B&Bs and YHAs, only a quarter of this journey, and this book has whet my appetite to do it again or to possibly do the coastal route when I retire.