These Are the Days that Must Happen to You Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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The travels and travails of the bike world's most notorious rebel
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"Riding a bike removes the need for clutter, toys, rubbish that other men have to take on holiday. If I want adrenaline, Ill rush a giddy overtake, not rent a jet ski."
The world through the eyes of Dan Walsh is never less than Technicolor, and always uninhibited, rebellious and on the edge. Not since the days of Jupiter's Travels has one man embarked on such an angry, narcotic-fuelled bike trek around the world.
"For me, Chile will always be South Americas supermodel sister very beautiful but too long, too skinny, and too expensive to ride, and despite the groovy exterior, unpleasantly right-wing underneath."
Dan has travelled the length and breadth of the world; in Africa, on his XT Desert Rat; across the American continent, on a BMW F650 GS Dakar. Along the way he's visited Buenos Aires, where revolutionary means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone thats also a camera. He's crossed the dry sub-Saharan savannah, which is like riding across a piece of toast with a mouthful of crackers. He's been mistaken for a bum in New York, bashed by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracted typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, visited The Most Beautiful Road in the World in Peru, been kidnapped in Kenya and finds that downtown Soweto is about as threatening as Stockport.
"I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grifter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget whos upset cause I winked at him. These are the days that must happen to you."
Soaked in adrenaline and coruscatingly funny, Dan Walsh is the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
For those of us who will never snort cocaine with a prostitute in South America this is good way of finding out what it feels like and more importantly how you end up in that state in the first place.
Sit back, enjoy and start questioning your own priorities.
Have fun and keep drifting
I'd have given this book five stars but for two things - the subjects of the warnings in my review title:
1. If you've read Dan in Bike magazine - you've read the book. I'll be getting rid of the mags (one day) but the book will remain and be read more than once!
2. You may not want your teenage kids reading it. They may (?!) learn things you'd rather they didn't and they might like the sound of them.
However, warnings aside, a great read from an inspiring character.
Dan, if you;re reading this - keep riding and writing till you find what you're looking for. Then write about that too :-)
Dan has a unique style of writing that a lot of people find refreshing and a few won't get.. (It couldn't be any other way.) And, yes, Dan does drink and smoke a lot... I endorse all of the other reviews here - they are all correct!
It won't win any literary awards and is not competing with the likes of Jupiter's Travels. This is not a philosophical tome. It is Dan living life his way and recounting the experience in his own unique style of writing. I have read many other travellers' tales and there is nothing comparable.
I could write a similar tale without any embellishment, so what we have here is a genuine memoir wrapped in a unique style which, in itself, is very refreshing.
For those of us that harbour dreams of The Big Bike Trip, Dan is an inspiration. He stopped dreaming and got on and did it. And how. The writing often manages to be incredibly moving and yet laugh out loud funy on the same page. We follow the author in his journeys through incredible landscapes, break-downs, run-ins with the law, run-ins with border guards and encounters in countless bars across the continents.
Buy this book.
Graham Field's lessons will pass in a blur. You won't remember half of what you did but it was inspirational. He brought the subject alive. He knows you well, rarely marks your work, no way will you let him down. He'll give plenty of warning that he's on the lookout for the smokers.
Dan Walsh is the crazy supply teacher who got sent home at lunchtime. In the chemistry lesson he pulled a lighted firework out of his pocket and gave it to the class bully, putting it out with his mouth just after the bully started screaming. You learned all there is to know about combustion in that lesson. You're going to study chemistry at uni. He cadged a cigarette off the smokers at break time.
I should have reserved judgement. This book, a combination of his journalism and travel stories, is the result. It is not a "how to tour" book; nor is it always coherent yet I loved it
Come on Dan, you must have another book in you
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dan remains one of the greatest things to happen to bike writing - and magazines are lacking for not having him (or someone similar) since. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Harley Dave
Well worth the read.
One of those few books that make you feel like its real and not a glossy Boucher...
Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before, but now and again a book really breaks the rules of a genre and just doesn’t care. Read morePublished 20 months ago by j.p.c. tyson
Found myself on the same Peruvian Altiplano road as Dan, exactly ten years later, and on exactly the same motorcycle. Read morePublished 22 months ago by david mcmillan
Initially a laddish biking travelogue, this book develops into description of a more personal journey of discovery. I loved it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Philip Bayly
Amazing book. i have read a few motorcycle travel books and this one is by far the best. Dan Walsh's style of writing is very good and is like Gonzo journalism. Brilliant!Published 24 months ago by Lloyd Wheatley
A writing style you will either love or hate, like Marmite. If you do like it, you will think, he did it, what's stopping me? No really, what's stopping me?