Miles from Nowhere Paperback – 1 Apr 1985
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The author describes her experiences as she and her husband traveled on bicycles 23,000 miles through twenty-five countries.
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Full of humour and without skipping the bad bits,this book has the ability to convey the reader with them as they cross several continents.
Traveling in the late 70's, with the world in some turmoil means that not all countries could be visited, as well as the need to jump a few places, but still enjoyable for all that.
In a sense then its impossible to review the book and not find myself reflecting on the warmth, vitality and courage of Barbara Savage herself, and the tragedy of her loss for her husband and fellow traveller, Larry. Reading the book again over the last few weeks I was struck again by just how vivid and lively an account the author offers; she has a happy knack of making her engagement with the people she meets central to her adventure. Her humanity and openness shine through the book over its full length. This is much more a book about people and their motivations than it is about bikes and their features and its all the better for that.
This is not to say it was all free wheeling downhill: the trip was clearly a challenge as well as a triumph. Barbara and Larry found their relationship tested in the tough moments of the trip. Her early struggles to cope with the physical demands of riding long days, her dislike of the culture shock experienced in Egypt and India, periods of debilitating ill-health and bouts of isolation and recurring
homesickness take their toll on her enthusiasm and on the pair's relationship. However, they come through all these challenges intact, in large part due to the author's strength of will, sense of humour and spirit of adventure. In these aspects the book is truly inspirational.
This is a book full of American, 'can-do' verve and spirit. The reader cannot but be impressed by the, 'let's get on with it' approach of Barbara and Larry. Some of the descriptions are quite harrowing: some raise unsettling doubts about the cultural expectations of Americans abroad; however, these concerns fade in the face of the reader's liking for the heroine and hero at the heart of this saga and admiration for what they achieved.
I recommended it to my partner and now she has the travel bug ! DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU CAN NOT RESIST TEMPTATION !!
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