This book is well worth the read for anyone interested in cycle touring and adventure. The distances and conditions involved are eye watering, whilst the humourus focus, and detailed description of their daily food and drink intake will be familiar to anyone who has undertaken a long distance trip, albeit far, far more extreme. As is suggested in the book, many of the things the authors witnessed on their journey, will perhaps now be lost in time due to its timing. The copy I received was in mint condition; it looked like it had never been thumbed.
Superb travel tale - 2 brothers' epic cycle ride from the Bangladesh coast to the centre of the Gobi Desert - but it's true! This is not Jules Verne, this is an account of a charity fund-raising event that took place in the mid 80s and inspired me to go to Asia and, specifically, Tibet.
A fabulous read about two men's journey from Bangladesh to the point on land furthest from any sea. They cycled over the Himalayas, and across the Gobi desert. Tremendous feats of human endurance, even more so as they vowed never to carry food with them but to rely on local hospitality, and never to carry more than one litre of water. Inspiring and climactic, and all in the name of charity. Nicholas Crane appears regularly on tv now (Coast, Great British Journeys) and has written other books, but twenty years since the adventure it is still a phenomenal story, well told, and I have read it several times. Once started, I cannot put the book down. In terms of style, the aspect of man versus environment and the dynamism of the writing and action, it reminded me of Andy McNab's "Bravo two zero" without the death and destruction, but I don't suppose either author will like the comparison. The photos are mainly black and white, but this is a minor gripe, and leaves the door open for a book of colour photographs taken on the journey. Read this book, and shake your head in disbelief as it unfolds; I did!
As an avid cyclist myself I found this book both interesting and unable to put it down! I was impressed with the amount of description they went into with the tour but was slightly dissapointed in the ending. But then again, I suppose theres not much to really say about the middle of the dessert! A must read :)
This is the definitive cycle adventure guide. The book sadly is out of print now, but is a must for anyone interested in long distance cycle rides. The Crane brother's journey to the centre of the earth is wonderfully written up with lots of humour, but also lots of detail. The bad bits and the good bits. Anyone planning a long cycle trip will learn an immense amount from this book, but it is also a lovely read for any armchair traveller.
Another adventure with the Crane brothers and again on bikes. Thousands of kilometres across China, Tibet and Nepal. Red tape beaurocracy, discomfort but final success. Another must read if you're into travel, cycling and adventure.