If you want to understand the point of adventure and the way it can glue families together, listen to Mark Swain describing his hellish night of suffering half-way through an extraordinary 10,000-mile bike ride to Japan. --Nicholas Roe, The Telegraph (UK) --Nicholas Roe - The Telegraph
The story of a great journey, packed with vivid descriptions of landscapes and the ups and downs of life experienced from the saddle. --Christopher J A Smith (author)
About the Author
Mark Swain was born in Singapore in 1958, where his father was stationed in the RAF. He has lived in many countries, and as a young man found it hard to break the habit of a nomadic life, spending a great deal of his youth hitchhiking around Europe. With a low boredom threshold, Mark has had dozens of jobs and quite a few careers, but only one wife. Studying Graphic Design at Hastings College of Art, he ran off and joined the Army in search of adventure. Later he found himself travelling the world on the QE2 as a silver-service waiter and going to the Falklands war. As a TEFL teacher, 1984 saw him land in Tokyo, where he met his wife Lorna. Between then and now, Mark has run a language business in Barcelona, customised VW Beetles, trained and worked as a systems analyst and completed a degree in 3D design. Eventually he stood still long enough to set up a risk management and business training company. At 54, when not writing, he works as a management consultant and trainer. He sleeps little, yet there are never enough hours in his day. Mark and his wife Lorna have three grown-up children and live in Canterbury, Kent. He plans to repeat this cycle trip with his grandchildren, when they arrive.