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Every Inch of the Way; My Bike Ride Around the World (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tom Bruce

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Présentation de l'éditeur

"A challenge that tested Tom to his limit but in return gave him more than he could ever have imagined."
- Bear Grylls

“Every Inch of the Way is a great page turning adventure which is as close as you can get, without actually saddling up and pedalling yourself into the unknown. It takes real magic to turn a great adventure, into a great book. For one thing, most people can't relate to the mind-set of the long distance cyclist and I found myself laughing along to Tom's thoughts and observations, wondering if they were in - jokes, shared by those who had seen the world at the speed of a bike, for example his relationship with Serbia's stray dogs! . But his anecdotes have a great balance of the cultures and places, as opposed to just inward reflections, so I am sure would be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in travel and human experience. A lovely story, written from the heart.”
- Mark Beaumont (around the world record breaking cyclist and adventurer)

This was the journey that changed my life. I had dreamed about it for so long, but I never actually thought I'd complete a trip around the globe by bike. It started off as seed in the back of my mind, that grew and grew until the idea consumed me. In March 2011 I set off on the adventure of a lifetime, from my front door, across Europe, Asia and finally the USA. I spent nights in people's houses all over the world, slept in Yurts, camped with nomads, ate delicious food ranging from Tibetan stew to alligator meat, drunk home-made Georgian wine, was given clothes, partied with Kazakhs on the Caspian Sea ferry, saw photos of USSR soldiers in front of statues of Lenin, saw Stalin's house the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall. I cycled through sweltering deserts and over huge mountains. I overcame mechanical problems with the help of an Azerbaijani mechanic and illness due to the kindness of a Tajik Pamiri doctor. On the way I cycled with local people and friends, both old and new.

I've written this book to share my story and the amazing experiences that I had. It's not a book full of arty descriptions about beautiful places, it doesn't have any clever metaphors; it's just my story. It tells the story of a normal person spending nine months experiencing the world from the saddle of a bike. I've included bits of history, observations about people's daily life, comparisons of countries and my own opinions as my story is told. I only had one rule; I had to make it round the world on a bike: every inch of the way.
I hope you enjoy my story; it will be great to have you along for the ride...

The kindle version contains colour photographs from my adventure and the hard copy contains high quality black and white photos.

Biographie de l'auteur

My name's Tom and I cycled around the world! For more info on my trip go to www.tombrucecycling.com

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 13104 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 230 pages
  • Editeur : Tom Bruce; Édition : 4 (11 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CLK76HM
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13 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not so interesting, and lots of cultural and political criticisms of America 21 octobre 2014
Par CD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm an avid cyclist. I admire the author's sense of adventure to tackle such a daunting task as an around the world tour. And, if you want to do an around the world trip, parts of the book might be helpful to you. But if you just want to enjoy a fun, escapist read, you will probably be disappointed. Although the book isn't very expensive, if I had it to do over again, I'd pass on it. Here is why I felt this way:

Some of the problem I had was that his schedule was so tight he was always rushing to meet his deadline and get enough miles in. It made me feel as if I were reading about someone always dashing to catch the train for 9 months. It was a grueling pace that didn't allow him the flexibility to fully see and experience the places he cycled. Had he done so, the book might have been more interesting. As it was, there was just too much time spent putting in the miles, meeting tight schedules, and cycling through illnesses. Also, lots of long stretches through arid countries with monotonous scenery where the only thing going on was him trying to make his miles and keep his grueling schedule. Not the stuff that makes for a page-turning read, even if I do admire his resolve.

What really put me off, however, was that I bought the book to enjoy an 'escapist' story about an around the world cycling adventure, but was treated to the author's gratuitous jabs at American culture and politics. If you've ever gone to a concert and the lead singer starts using the forum to lecture about politics, regardless of whether you agree or not, it is really off-putting (or at least it is for me). That is how it felt when I read the part about America. It should have been a book about a cycle trip, but turned into a pointed critique of America. I would have thought he might be a bit more charitable in his comments since he often benefited from the kindness of strangers (even to the point of taking cash they offered). Specifically, he wrote about America's problem with obesity, guns, religiosity, lack of proper environmental concern, overt patriotism, and pick-up truck obsession. As for the people he encountered, it is hard to escape the feeling that he believed most of them to be religious zealots, rubes, or ne'er-do-wells. I think a fair reading of the book backs up my take on this. Even if I agree with some of his many criticisms, I felt they were out of place in a book that was ostensibly about a round-the-world cycling adventure. For me, the incessant opinionated and negative comments became so prevalent that it spoiled the book.... thus the 1 star.

(PS. Might consider fixing the many typos as well.)
8 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth the time 28 octobre 2014
Par Mike Brady - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The reflections on cultures were too opinionated for my tastes - and I found the writing style difficult to follow.
6 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Every Inch of the Way 21 février 2014
Par BigAl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The title, Every Inch of the Way, comes from Tom Bruce's self imposed rule for his trip. He had to ride every inch of land from sea to sea across each land mass. (Obviously oceans and seas required assistance.) There are several things I hope to get from a book of this type; the sense of adventure, a feel for the logistics of such a trip, and both the highs and lows, for a start. What the different places and the people who live there were like (both the similarities and differences from the author's previous experience and personal norms) are also on my list.

Much of what I was looking for was there, to a point. But sometimes it fell short. Midway through I made a note that every new place couldn't possibly be "the most beautiful" he'd ever seen. It felt like he was using this in an attempt to get across that a place was incredibly beautiful. Different words to say so might have accomplished that better. The same thing goes for describing his condition after a long, hard day. The word of choice was shattered, which was a different usage of that word for me, although easy enough to understand and certainly correct. However, throwing in an exhausted, burnt-out, stonkered, half dead, or any other reasonable word meaning about the same thing some of the time would have been good.

I would have expected the kind of things mentioned in the last paragraph to have been eradicated as part of the editing and proofing process. I also found a lot of typos and other errors that should have been fixed later on in that process. Another issue was inconsistency in describing things that are measured numerically, specifically money, distances, and weights. The rule here, at least in my opinion, should be to pick one as the standard and stick with it. Telling us the price of something in the local currency is okay, as long as we're also told the rough equivalent in whatever the standard measurement is. Instead we've got pounds and pence in one place, dollars in another. Kilos and pounds for weight. Kilometers and miles swapping back and forth. The worst instance of this is illustrated by this example, where we get both:

Due to this, I was struggling to reach my 100 kilometre daily target. My old 85 mile target was now a bit ambitious so I'd lowered it to the minimum distance that would get me to Trabzon on time.

If he used either consistently the reader would adapt, regardless of what measurement they use day to day. But randomly switching back and forth is a problem. Here, no matter which distance measurement a reader normally uses, getting a sense of how much less his revised goal is than his old one is going to throw them out of the story. (If you're wondering, 100 KM is about 62 miles, or 85 miles is around 137 KM.)

In the end, I'm torn. This is one of my favorite kinds of books to read and Bruce's trip was unique, traveling through places and having experiences that were different from what I've read before. But unless you're looking for a steady diet of this type of travel-adventure book or have a high tolerance for less than stellar editing, you might want to look elsewhere.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly enjoyed this great cycling adventure. Even a non cyclist will enjoy this exciting travelogue. 22 octobre 2013
Par Bruce Chulka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As an avid cyclist myself, I have read a lot of bike touring books. For me, Tom Bruce's EVERY INCH OF THE WAY is one of the best. This young man's attitude toward the adventure and his ability to describe it, makes for a very exciting read.

Early in the book, he draws the reader in when he writes: "All you need is a bike and the courage to leave your home. Even a weekend trip on a bike with a tent enables you to forget everything else and escape the hectic schedule of the real world." (Page 5)

He not only shares the physical challenges of the journey, but the emotional ones, as well. Before long, you feel as if you are traveling along with a new friend. He skillfully shares the spotlight of the story with the numerous cycling companions he travels with along the way. His descriptions of the places he visits and the people he meets is really a very interesting travelogue. Even a non-cyclist would enjoy reading this book.

Though the writer generally downplays the physical stamina and courage required to make such a trip alone, I think he sums up the rewards of such an adventure in this paragraph: "There is something special about riding a bike through a desert. Yes it's a massive physical and mental challenge. The heat is torture and the lack of changing horizons makes it difficult to persuade yourself to keep going, but there is something so simple and pure about surviving in this vast landscape. It is just me against the world and nature. I had challenged myself and found myself equal to the challenge. . . ." (Page 80)
For me, what he writes about the ordeal and rewards of crossing the desert alone, sums up what is required to complete this entire incredible journey.

This is a great book. Well written, humorously dealing with the challenges of strange lands and cultures. A good cataloging of a great adventure. I can't wait until his next book is out!
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 ... the most captivating prose but his journey is a great undertaking with wonderful anecdotes 31 octobre 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Not the most captivating prose but his journey is a great undertaking with wonderful anecdotes. It's actually much more interesting than many other well written bicycling stories out there. The book captures the spirit of raw adventure and you can't help but admire Tom's acceptance of other people and cultures and as well as his total determination toward the completion of his round the world journey.
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