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Only for the people seriously considering doing the same
on 14 July 2015
When you read this it's clear that Tom is a really nice guy with a genuine passion for adventure. To be frank it sometimes reads a little bit like a back to school essay, albeit it written by a kid who has seriously lost the plot and for some reason decided to take off round the world on a bike he just pulled out the back of the shed. If you're after a story filled with warmth, wit and edge of your seat adventure this isn't it. However if you want to put off yourself or anyone else from doing anything similarly crazy then buy it immediately. It's a serious reality check for desk bound daydreamers even considering this. It's easy to romanticize going round the world on a bike but when it comes down to it most people simply couldn't come close to hacking it - especially for the most part alone. One night sleeping cold and hungry in a storm drain under a motorway several thousand miles from home and they would sling the bike on the back of the nearest passing truck and bugger off home with their tail between their legs. Full credit and 5 starts to Tom for his bravery and resilience and a decent attempt at documenting it by a guy who i'm sure by his own admission would say he's not a writer. He has given all of us who would never even set out on such a journey a glimpse of what it's like out there on your own.