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A Bike Ride: 12,000 miles around the world [Format Kindle]

Anne Mustoe

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When ex-headmistress Anne Mustoe gave up her job, bought a bike and took to the road, she couldn't even mend a puncture. 12,000 miles and 15 months later, she was home.

Her epic solo journey took her around the world, through Europe, India, the Far East and the United States. From Thessaloniki to Uttar Pradesh, from Chumphon to Singapore, she faced downpours, blizzards and blistering deserts, political turmoil and amorous waiters - alternated with great kindness from strangers along the way.

A Bike Ride is the first in the series of Anne Mustoe's successful and inspiring travelogues.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1631 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Editeur : Virgin Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004ZLS3HC
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Amazon.com: 4.0 étoiles sur 5  14 commentaires
21 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 54-Year-Old Historian Cycles Around the World 17 novembre 2002
Par Imperial Topaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
This was an inspirational book, written by a historian. I enjoyed the book.
However, I was disappointed with the book in one way. The author speaks mainly as a historian, taking the reader on a historical tour of all of the places she visted on her bike. Even by the end of the book, we know very little about the author herself, or her personal feelings. There are several very poor, black-and-white photos of places she visited, but there is not even one photo of her! I would have preferred one photo of her, with her bicycle, anywhere, than all of the other photos she included in the book. I would also have liked her to share more of her personal life with the reader, which she seems to have purposely avoided (In the chapter where she travels through the American Midwest, she comments that Americans seem to discuss their personal problems even with strangers, but indicates that she feels that is an oddity. I found that an interesting comment on American culture, and probably very true, when compared with other cultures, especially the British culture.)
This one issue aside, I found the book inspiring, for a woman of her age, and poor physical condition (at the outset) to have cycled around the world. I read with great interest her descriptions of the people's behavior (both toward her and toward each other) in various places. I was quite surprised by her descriptions of Pakistanis, Indians, and various Americans (as an American myself). I was both surprised and not surprised by her travels across America--it being the hardest place because of the vast, empty distances (particularly in the West).
Disappointingly, the author shared only a few minor details of her life. I am quite a history buff myself, but this book rather overdosed on history. Nevertheless, I did pick up a few interesting historical tidbits. For example, I found it quite interesting that her cycling through Italy was far easier than many other places (in spite of the mountains) because the Romans constructed their roads in such a way as to try to never give up height before reaching the highest point. Therefore, the route gradually climbed, whereas in newer areas (such as America), modern roads repeatedly climb and fall, making it much harder on a cyclist.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 More like a bombardment of a history lesson 6 septembre 2010
Par L. Nieves - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed with this book and although I'm still reading it I'm having a difficult time getting through it.

I was reading a blog of an english gal (Ann Wilson titled "Through Europe and Beyond" on crazyguyonabike web site) who is presently doing what Ann Mustoe did and she was inspired to do it by Ann Mustoes book.

I was so engrossed with the other gals blog, enjoying her adventures and many pictures and thought Ann Mustoes book would be similar but instead you're being fed a history lesson with very little of her bicycling adventures. It leaves you wanting but if you like history this is the book for you, she gives it to you lock stock and barrel till it comes out of every pore. On and on paragraph after paragraph of history. This is truly not what I was looking for. I was thinking a bit of history intertwined in her cycling odyssey but instead got the opposite "A bit of cycling intertwined in a history book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Bike Adventure 20 novembre 2012
Par J. Lardin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A retired British headmistress gets a wild notion to ride around the world. And does.
This is an elegantly written, wryly humorous, uniquely British travelogue.
In true British "stiff upper lip" style, the author, a classical scholar, does not much dwell on herself or her personal tribulations, opting instead to follow the flow of historic events throughout the regions she travels.
When she finally leaves her familiar Western world for India and the Far East, she shows deep appreciation for the people she meets and their cultures, and relishes both the beauty and the desolation she finds around her, as she covers thousands of lonely miles.
I've read many bike travel/adventure books which often feature graphic details of the author's daily suffering, aches & pains, and disgust at the conditions encountered along the way.
Ms. Mustoe's account of her travels is both cerebral and uplifting. The world as seen by a brilliant and self-effacing lady.
A splendid book.

Curious about her later travels, I just discovered she passed away in Syria after a short illness, at age 76, while undertaking what she had described as her last round the world bike tour. What a marvelous, brave woman she was!
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Read Anne's other books first 6 octobre 2013
Par simsenoj - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm glad that this was not the first book that I had read by Anne Mustoe. I have found it rather dry and humourless whereas I loved Lone Traveller, which I couldn't put down.
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A 54 year old Headmistress bikes around the world. 20 novembre 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Feeling 50 and old? Stuck in your ways with life a bit monotonous? Read this and feel the freedom of following the trail of Alexander the Great. Ride on the Royal Road through Turkey staying at local Inns and stopping for coffee. A fascinating book!
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