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Laid Back Around the World in 180 Days: Diary of a long bike ride Paperback – 9 Jul 2016
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I enjoyed the book so much it was entertaining and informative.
It did get a bit repetitive about me about meals.
I am very impressed at the distances covered.
I look forward to reading as bout the next adventure.
I have to confess that I picked this book up on Saturday evening and only going out to dinner stopped me from finishing it in a day, which leads me nicely on to the small matter of eggs or should I say, intake of calories........ On reflection, there was precious little in the book about actual cycling (okay, so you got three punctures and got round to changing the oil only once and not twice in your rear hub) and vast screeds recording your double and even triple breakfasts featuring countless devourings of eggs (minimum three at a sitting)! I am simply amazed a how detailed the notes were of almost every sitting and serving. Frankly, it's a shame the 'vital statistics' do not feature the gallons of coffee, loaves of bread, dozens of cakes, eggs in all forms and cooked breakfasts that fueled the ride, not to mention alcohol in all its forms!!! Indeed, I would go so far as to say you should re-publish your book under the title 'The Laid Back Rider's Guide to Worldwide Road Cuisine'😛😀
Such a brilliant read despite these shortcomings and if nothing else, I am in awe at the evident ability to mount the bike after such gargantuan portions, stay upright and pedal the bloody thing! I note the lack of references to roadside loos, but let's not go there. I am left in no doubt that the author singlehandedly did his utmost to revive the international catering trade as it emerged from years of neglect and recession. Well done indeed, and next time you decide to undertake a gastronomic tour, why not take your time and find a bed for the night or even a trike. A Harley D may even one day rekindle your long lost youth.Read more ›
Firstly I was touched by the reasons why Richard should contemplate the challenge being influenced by his father.
Then I was impressed with all the preparations required to even get this adventure off the ground.
I liked the style of writing as you wondered from page to page what was going to happen next.
I have to admire Richard's lack of fear factor having to battle against the wind in the dessert,dog attacks,sleeping outdoors in extreme cold and heat and not to mention cycling on unmade roads with potholes a plenty and unfriendly traffic at times.
It was pleasant to know that the people Richard encountered were friendly,hospital and kind.
He mentions breakfast and beer a lot as he had to indulge to a mammoth degree just to maintain strength to complete this extraordinary feat.
Richard I salute you.
Why tell us every day that he has museli every morning at 6am? We already know. But initially not much detail is given of the trip itself and the people he met. Also no background info, for example I still don't know what he does for a living, where he lives or anything about his family.
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Even though I have ridden 500,000 kilometres by bike myself I very much admire the sheer tenacity and courage of anyone who could undertake such a venture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by brian griffiths
Well done. I am amazed and heartened by the hospitality shown to Richard.Published 4 months ago by S F Canfield
This man cycled around the world, an impressive feat. Then he writes a book. But does he regale us with stories of what he saw or visited or the people and their cultures? Read morePublished 5 months ago by MaxJEF
I really enjoyed reading about Richard's cycling adventure. The book is well- written, and provided some laugh out loud moments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a big cyclist but the engaging and humourous style kept me reading to the end and gave a fascinating insight into the preparation, grit and determination involved in an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rabbit