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Well, it's all right, I suppose...
on 5 May 2014
Over the years I've read quite a few cycle touring books and this is quite a decent example of the type. However, I feel much less enthusiastic about it than some other reviewers. I've reached about 47% through the book and I'm wondering if I can be bothered to finish it, since I'm finding it pleasant enough but not exactly gripping. Unsurprisingly, it has no very fascinating or attractive characters to engage one's interest, no plot other than rambling through the USA, and nothing very dramatic has happened so far — just the usual cyclist's complaints about lorries, hills, bad weather and lousy roads, together with lots of moaning about the funny old ways of Americans.
Apparently the print length is 397 pages, but the book would be better if it were about 150 pages shorter, since I don't feel an urgent need to know what Mr Briggs did on every day of his cycling odyssey. I may finish the book some time, but at the moment I'm a bit bored with it and I'm going to read something else.