This book is what travel writing is all about. A wonderful description of people and places visited and the very personal impressions well recorded. Those who share my admiration those other great biker writers--Ted Simon, Sam Manicom, Lois Pryce will end up including Jaqui among their ranks. Like those mentioned, she finds, in her riding through so many countries, that it is often those with so little to give, who are the most kind and supportive. At no point does Jaqui give the impression that she takes advantage of those who reach out to her. Despite what we may often read in the media and of the warnings about "dangerous" people, she finds that there are more good people out there than we might be led to believe. Her writing style flows well, without the need to employ what some describe as 'colourful' language. She allows the reader to share her highs and lows and her relationships with her family and with those with whom she becomes close during her travels. A lady who recognises that life is there to be lived and grasps it with both hands. The choice of a Royal Enfield is an unusual one, perhaps the Indian equivalent of the BSA of the past, but it is an interesting one and certainly different from the more usual BMW and Hondas. A great read. Treat yourself.
A well written account of Jacqui's adventures and her personal journey with lots of fascinating incidents retold with vivacity and charm. Enjoyable, enlightening and very honest. She is certainly not the everyday traveller.
Epitomises the let go and let life philosophy. It's an inspiring chronicle of a physical, emotional and spiritual journey. Much more could have been written on the dynamics of her relationships but Jacqui writes with restraint, without ego, and I guess with respect for the privacy of others. Equally, the writer gives a few lines to many incidents that a Bryson would have milked for a whole chapter. I was left with the feeling that I was skimming the surface, nevertheless I found it a very enjoyable read by a very wise and likeable woman. I recommend it to all bikers, travellers, mid-lifers, late-lifers, play-safers and women.
It took me rather longer to read Jacqui Furneaux's brilliant narrative about her adventure on a Royal Enfield motorcycle than I would normally take over a book of this sort - but then Hit the Road Jac! isn't a 'book of this sort' at all. Escaping the UK following her marriage breakdown, Jacqui went to India on a backpacking holiday but on impulse bought a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet. Then began a seven year odyssey which saw Jacqui on a journey around the sub-continent, continuing through South East Asia to Australia and New Zealand and eventually to South America, the States and Canada. Along the way she met many strangers who welcomed her into their homes, threw her faithful Royal Enfield at the scenery countless times including shattering her leg in a fearful accident with a truck in Pakistan, fell in love several times, and faced grave danger to her life whenever she got on a boat to get to another country. In fact I became so engrossed in the story that I constantly found myself worrying about Jacqui and the dangerous situations she found herself in, not least caused by w*nkers on yachts! Jacqui's writing is very accomplished; the book reads as though we were sitting together chatting about her adventures over a glass of wine. In fact it is this smooth and natural 'story telling' style that makes the book so compelling. Her descriptions of the places she visits, the people she meets and adventures she encounters place the reader right there in the situation. Although Hit the Road Jac! Is one of the very best motorcycle travelogues to appear on the shelves in many a long year, it will also appeal to a much wider audience. Highly recommended.
A wonderful, inspiring book. Easily comparable to Ted Simon in my opinion. Jacqui isn't afraid to bare her soul, or indeed to get her hands dirty. Her descriptions of the countries she visits are some of the best and most honest I've ever read. There's something in there for bikers and non-bikers alike. I hope Royal Enfield are looking after her, because she's the best ambassador they could get!