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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Century (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846053110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846053115
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, I’ll 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 America’s 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 that’s 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 who’s 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.

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If you want to get an honest feeling of what riding a bike is like for normal people, not superhuman daredevils, this is the book for you. His insight into the countries he visits, the people he meets, teaches you more than any travel guide or history book. Since getting this I havent been able to put it down. He is selfish, dumb at times, ignorant, all the things real people are and this book reflects its.

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
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If you've read Dan's writings in Bike magazine, you'll know how "colourful" it can be. If you enjoyed his writing enough to be thinking of buying this book then you, like me, forgive him for offending (everyone eventually!) and probably admire his honesty.

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 :-)
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As somebody who has done the same trip through Africa and actually toured on one occasion with the author, I just wanted to add my bit.

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.
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'These Are The Days That Must Happen To You' chronicles two epic bike journeys undertaken by journalist/thinker/hellraiser Dan Walsh: firstly a trip the length of the African continent to Cape Town and a second journey from Canada down to Buenos Aires in South America. Although much of the book's content has previously appeared in Bike magazine, this shouldn't stop you buying this fantastic book.
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.
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In classroom world of motorcycle travel writers Sam Manicom is the trusted teacher who delivers the goods. You work hard because you're going to get that grade and he will do all he can to get you there. Interesting, precise and fun.

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.
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A lavishly printed travelogue comprising the edited blog highlights of Dan Walsh's Daily Mail sponsored epic journey around the globe, on his factory prepared 1200cc adventure motorcycle, whilst launching his range of male grooming products and technical travel clothing on every continent. Also covers his follow-on adventures as chat show uber-guest and tour leader. Not. Misfit misadventures of a mere mortal. You might not like it.
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Apart from Ogri, now gone, Dan Walsh was the best thing in bike magazine, so his loss to the travel bug was a great disappointment.

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
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i really liked this book,the way dan writes is funny & really enjoyable.i could picture the multiple fixes & problems that happened & the super laid back way in which he either dealt or simply accepted it.a really enjoyable read.
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