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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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (9 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530136083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530136087
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best free book I have downloaded you should charge.
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.
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An epic achievement and an almost equally great accomplishment, actually chronicling it and then publishing such an impressive document.

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.
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A great book. Richard's simple story of his ride around the world on a recumbent bike says as much about him and about the personality of the nations through which he travelled as it does about the extraordinary terrain and challenges of such a trip. Like Mark Beaumont's book of his trip around the world, Richard gets across how such a physically demanding endeavour tends to reduce your focus to the essentials - time, kilometres, food, drink, shelter. But it differs in that Richard is happier if that drink is beer, and can be easily drawn away from the tyranny of the schedule by lovely people. It is probably a book that is most inspiring for fellow cycling addicts but it is also a beautiful reminder of the generosity of strangers from all around the world
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By the end, I was gripped in the way you get gripped by a good novel. I wanted to get Richard back to his family in London. I even missed a parkrun to finish it (not entirely true - I was a bit unwell). You do not have to be a cyclist, a world traveller or laid back to enjoy this book. But you might find yourself becoming all three afterwards. A huge amount of respect to Richard for taking on the challenge, for his relaxed approach and just keeping on going. The writing style is very accessible and not saturated with "I"s and "Me"s like this sort of book could so easily be. Thank you for a great, entertaining read and lots of insight.
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I enjoyed reading this book on many levels.
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.
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By sos on 3 Nov. 2016
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More of a diary of what he ate than an account of his trip, with everything he ate included, and boy did he eat a ridiculous amount. Who would order 4 breakfasts and then have a 16 inch pizza for lunch then have 2 roast dinners in the evening? The amount he eats makes you feel sick after a while, and he is still stick thin.
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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This is a great read. An ordinary guy - albeit a very fit one - sets out to cycle around the world. You feel you are cycling with him, sharing his the huge variety of emotions and experiences he went through: frustration, joy, isolation, the warmth of being embraced by family, friends and complete strangers thousands of miles from home, some lousy hotels, a lot of great beer, nights in cold bus shelters, the relief of warm showers. It doesn't set out to be a travel guide. You don't get a detailed picture of every place Richard visited. But what you get are his experiences and, through them, a feel of the many countries he is cycling through. And that makes his book a truly memorable read.
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