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Vague Direction: A 12,000 mile bicycle ride, and the meaning of life Paperback – 24 May 2015

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (24 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1511848065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1511848060
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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In 2012, Dave took a break from his job as a commercial producer and cycled around North America for a year, meeting as many people as possible along the way to talk to them about their lives and what lessons they'd picked up along the way. "Vague Direction: A 12,000 mile bicycle ride, and the meaning of life" is about that journey, and it's his first book.

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Vague Direction is an easy read and once I got started it was difficult to put it down. It's written in a non-conventional way, perhaps diaristic is the best descriptor, and this approach allows you to hear Dave's thoughts about the trip from the comfort of retrospect. Instead of immersing you in the story, this narrative framing device adds a sense of didacticism - the book is really about what was learned on the trip, rather than the trip itself.

What is striking is the sheer determination that saw Dave through the difficult times, and the story is always inspirational. There's something immediately relatable in the narrative itself. Whilst we may not embark on a bicycle journey around the USA, we all have our own personal battles, and our own journeys. Vague Direction shows that we are the sum of our parts, that the impossible moments, the trying pieces, can add up and when we look back we see that we have achieved something - we all have trying times to toil through but there is truth in the idea that at some point we'll have finished a chapter, and we'll be a step closer to realising our narrative, to achieving the things that we set out to do.

Vague Direction is an aspirational read and there's a challenge inherent in its tale. If you're unhappy with your life, if things aren't going the way that you want, get on your bike (literally or figuratively) and find some perspective.
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When I read the book it was only a couple of weeks since I had finished reading Heinrich Harrer's "7 Years in Tibet" for my book group. This was billed as 'a landmark in travel writing'. Dave's book seems to be just as good at linking together a journey through a deeply foreign country (… the USA seen through the eyes of a brit) with hugely entertaining stories and great insight into the people he meets. Unlike Heinrich Harrer you also get an insight into the vulnerabilities that arose on a journey of this magnitude. This insight into his humanity means that unlike 7 years in tibet it a question builds up as you read the book, - should I be challenging myself? Am I satisfied with what I have done with my life or should i give a year, 6 months or a few weekends to do something memorable that I would be proud of?
A powerful experience.
If only the Author had made the first ascent of the Eiger before starting and met the Dalai Lama on the way this would be better than 7 years in Tibet! (Perhaps the Dalai Lama doesn't have a bike!)
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I genuinely love this book. I have a vested interest in it....I was honoured enough to get the chance to write the foreword....but instead of blindly extolling its virtues like I could do given that it's my mate who wrote it, I wanted to read it with a critical eye.

Yeah there's the odd grammatical error (try reading Dostoyevsky or Hemingway and not finding the same) and a word that doesn't fit but come on! It's such an excellent book with a story that begs to be read. The fact that this is honestly one of the few books that I've read where I've 'belonged' to the tale is testament to Dave's natural writing style.

Like others have said (and to loosely paraphrase Mr Armstrong) it's not just about the bike, the bike was simply a vehicle to facilitate the journey, both the physical one and the philosophical one. You'll learn a lot from reading this. Just because it's a guy's first book and you've maybe never heard of him should not stop you missing out on what is a standout story of what it is to experience life.
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Vague Direction is a really engaging read about a year spent travelling a loop of the USA and Canada on a bike. At times it is highly amusing with laugh out loud moments but it is also deep and contemplative as it takes us inside the mind of Dave Gill, the traveller/author who seeks to discover what ‘it’s all about’ whilst also questioning his motives for such a trip. The highs include feelings of freedom and achievement, his sense of awe at the natural beauty of his physical surrounding and moments shared with people he meets along the way. His lows include issues of self doubt, loneliness, overcoming awful weather and innumerable issues with his bike.

Whilst the narrative comes from the bike trip, it’s accessible to absolutely everyone. It certainly isn’t bike focused. It’s just a great read. I’ve read loads of travel logs and this is certainly up there with the best of them.
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I really do urge anyone to read this book - whether or not they have fantastic tales of adventuring to tell, whether or not they've ever sat on a bicycle at all, whether or not they have chosen to wile away their lives couch-potatoing like a good'un! This is an honest, open-minded, non-judgmental musing on every person's individual meaning of Life. It manages to put questions about one's own journey without ever, even once, suggesting that everyone 'could do better'! It's funny, illuminating, and so very honest - the self-doubt, the most miserable moments are all recorded, as well as the wonderful descriptions of the great times - the wonders of nature, the wonders of the selfless kindness and generosity of strangers..... Dave's writing is a joy - this book, I hope, is only the first of many.
Oh - and the cycling bit is interesting too!......
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