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Not a bad read, but some problems.,
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This review is from: Ride to the Midnight Sun - A Motorcycle Adventure in two weeks and one day (Kindle Edition)
I liked this short account of a motorcycle trip to Nordkapp and back, but although it was interesting enough to retain me there were some annoying aspects. I found the misuse of apostrophes really niggling, along with other examples of poor grammar. Many readers would say that I should get over my concerns, but for me it detracted from what was otherwise a reasonable read.
The author does not get bogged down in detail, but there is sufficient to assist someone planning a similar journey. His trip was done alone, and many times he seems to crave company, but he fails to approach other bikers, claiming that he could sense they did not want to partake of any camaraderie. He then moans about the lack of friendship that is alleged to exist between bikers. Unless you are willing to make the first move, shyness can often get in the way of what could have been an enjoyable evening spent with others. I'd like to say to him, "Speak to someone. What is the worst that could happen?" Travelogues at their best feature great tales, not of scenery, but of chance meetings with interesting humans, and this is where this book kind of misses the boat.
The premise of the book is that one does not need to go overland to Tibet for a decent motorcycle adventure, and the tale does provide evidence for that. Perhaps the author's tight time frame for his trip meant that he spent too much time in the saddle clicking off the miles; an extra week, or a shorter journey to the Arctic Circle, would have left him with a better chance of making some connections with people he met en route.