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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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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Oh - and the cycling bit is interesting too!......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a teenager I made cycle journeys within the UK with a friend and this book reminded me of the feelings that Dave describes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RMS
Loved reading this book. Unlike many epic journey books it's not ego driven or pretentious. It is genuinely one of the most educational and motivational books I have read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark cottam
There are so many blogs and books nowadays documenting journeys around the world. I don't claim to have read them all but I've read some and I have to say, not many have left me... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I laughed, I empathised, I held my breath when he *almost* got deported. As a travel writer and editor, I've read at least one or two adventure stories in my time, and Dave's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a brilliant book! Absolutely loved Vague Direction and felt like I was with Dave all the way through the journey. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Liam Lonsdale
If you like travel books especially where bikes are involved then this is the book for you
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One of those books where you feel like you're there with the author, living the experience. I couldn't put it down.Published 21 months ago by I. S. Thompson