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Gone Riding (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Dom Giles

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This is an excellent read that will help it stand out from the plethora of similar books on the market.
Giles has adopted Manicom’s almost laid back style of writing that helps bring the journey to life... He describes things well and manages to add in some fascinating history snippets from the various locations as well as many humorous anecdotes to keep the whole text light and entertaining, as well as informative.

However, rather than just being another account of somebody who has been fortunate enough to be able to take a year out and ‘find themselves’ or tick something else off the ‘bucket list’, this book has a few differences that make it stand out. It is definitely not just another book about a mid-life crisis on a BMW GS following well-worn routes around the world!

For starters Giles breaks up the journey with a several stints as a volunteer on several worthy projects, has his wife join him for several stages and manages to do some group riding along the way with fellow travellers. It is a book about travel, culture and geography, rather than a motorcycle book just detailing places visited and he is certainly not a hardcore biker, also blessed with mechanical aptitude as he tells in a somewhat self- depreciating manner!

There are some images dotted throughout, with a small colour plate section, but in the main pictures are vividly painted by the author. Each chapter starts with a pithy quote to lead you in and the book starts with the question “Why” something the author answers at the end with the simple reply “Why not?” He once again proves that anybody can make such a trip if they really want to!

Certainly a book that has all the hallmarks of good travel writing… Ian Kerr MBE www.wordsrider.net

Dom's English humour echos through the paragraphs leaving one feeling 'in the moment' with him. Don't expect endless commentary on the mechanics and benefits of a BMW motorcycle - you can get that info from other books. Simply sit back in a comfy sofa, with an English cup of tea and enjoy the ramblings of Dom, the overlander.
Martin Solm www.overland-live.blogspot.com.au

Measure the reading on your personal wanderlust meter before picking up the book. Read a chapter. And then take another reading. I dare you. That thing … that thing you try to contain during the 9-5, that thing that’s only satisfied when it’s got wind in its face, that thing that has the ability to make your soul at once terrified and ecstatic, will have just dialled itself up to ten. Or eleven. And that’s just one chapter.

So here’s to your wanderlust. Feed it well. Get Dom’s book. Your soul will be that much happier.
Moto Underground www.motounderground.com


Book Description

Riding from Alaska to Panama took six months including stop overs to work on a turtle rescue centre in Baja California and a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Along the way he explored the wide open spaces of Canada and Western USA, delved into the psyche of our American cousins and reassessed his own place in the world as he tried to deal with the unique loneliness of solo motorcycle travel. As a mechanical Luddite he struggled with a failing machine, but this never dampen his enthusiasm for the new - surely the essence of travel.

In Southern Africa Giles taught in a township school for three weeks, but when his motorcycle arrived his journey resumed. Heading north through nine countries he learned about Britain’s role in the history of Southern Africa and how the countries he was passing through were trying to come to terms with that legacy.

As his adventure unfolded, Giles was constantly touched by the kindness of others as he experienced the exhilaration, beauty and occasional naked fear of overland travel.

One year later he returned to the UK a changed man. He’d changed his attitude towards life, he’d changed his view on the world and he’d even changed the oil on his bike, once.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1829 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 325 pages
  • Editeur : Pen Press; Édition : 1 (19 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GPDQ6U4
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11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ok read if you can get past a few things... 1 avril 2014
Par John - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Being a US citizen I found his obvious dislike of Americans somewhat offensive. Especially his arrogant tone portrayed when talking about or making references to America and it's people. My thought is that if you do not like our country and our people then don't come here. I did try to ignore these prejudices and carry on with the book and when I did so I found his telling of his experiences interesting and well told.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Horrible book written by a thoroughly unlikable guy. 20 mai 2015
Par Trouble - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I usually love these books written by folks who have motorcycled to places I'll never go. It's usually fun to read about the things they did wrong, the great moments they experienced due to things they did right, or just because luck and the universe came together for them to create some magical moment. But Dom Giles is aptly named. He's dumb. He's the arrogant, would-be superior Brit who looks down his nose at lesser beings and cultures and congratulates himself for being a higher, more evolved human being. And, of course, no highly evolved European would ride anything but a BMW. Even though his own country makes perfectly excellent motorcycles for his task, it still isn't a Beemer (insert *sniff* of superiority here). As for Dum's opinion of Harley-Davidson and the uncouth heathens who ride them, well, he makes that known in a hurry, though he attempted to be subtle about it. It's similar to some guy going to England to study orthodontia and then writing a book in which he lampoons the locals for having snaggly teeth.

Being a vegetarian, Dum makes sure we know how offended he is when he visits foreign countries and the inferior natives are too callous and stupid to put away their consumption of animal flesh in his presence. They should be able to tell by the gaunt, hungry and grumpy look that vegetarians project that he only eats what the Earth excretes. And why is it that veggies like Dum have to crow to the world every ten minutes (or in his case writing this book, on every page) that he is a vegetarian? They're so proud of their higher level of personal development and enlightenment that they have to keep telling everyone how special they are (though whoever designed the human being obviously fully intended that this omnivorous creature should eat meat). People like Dum would feel compelled to lecture a lion on the evils of meat consumption, if only the stupid animal could understand Dum's mastery of the English language. As for that, he writes fairly well, though he spends way too much time pointing out such differences as how he spells the word "tire" with a "y". Things like that and his distaste for other local customs are mentioned in the traditional superior manner that is intended to inform the reader that Dum's way is better. He also makes his disapproval of firearms quite well-known. Dum are you really so dumb you don't realize how many motorcycle enthusiasts, especially in the U.S., are also firearms enthusiasts? Dum doesn't like guns or the hurting and eating of animals, but he has no qualms about using a huge can of pepper spray on any bear that crosses his path. Or for protection against a band of drunks who dare to cook meat near Dum's personal public campsite and took offense to Dum's disapproval and might have threatened him. (I bet Dum gets threatened a lot, actually.) No, Dum, there's no hypocrisy in your logic. You draw the line where you do and we all must respect that.

And let's not forget how Dum is striking out at the corporate exploiters of the common man! While every other road traveler in the Americas is happy to use McDonald's apparently awesome WiFi, which is something for which one must diligently search while traveling, Dum is boycotting this loathsome giant. Why? I forgot, because Dum didn't really provide any cogent reasons that stick to the brain, though I think it had something to do with treating its workers poorly. Like how? Dum doesn't say. I'm quite sure it's just some left-wing bullet point that Dum got from the party platform and blindly follows. Like blaming guns for all violence. And how does McDonald's differ from other corporations in its abuse of its slave laborers? Is Dum going to boycott every store, restaurant, company or corporation that gets blackballed by the liberal elite? Of course, he will. He does run across another company or two in the book that miffed him for one reason or another, and he has proudly added them to his list of arch enemies against whom he is now dedicating his life to their demise. In faux self-deprecating fashion Dum admits to the reader that he realizes his efforts at toppling such corporate giants are less than paltry and not the least bit effective. He believes that this makes him look noble, fighting the good fight in the face of overwhelming odds, but to a regular guy reading a book about motorcycle travel this just makes him look stupid, as if his entire existence is foolish and pointless. You should choose your battles more wisely, dumb Dum. Or at least be more discrete about your intentional, pointless stupidity. I don't eat at McDonalds simply because I don't like their food. But what does all this have to do with travel by motorcycle?

Dum seems to be flabbergasted at the stupidity of immigration bureaucrats, and he writes of his frustration dealing with the systems that some countries use to handle legal migration. He didn't expect such nonsense from a government entity? So who's the real idiot?

I do heartily applaud Dum's volunteerism, though the crowing about it takes away from the nobility of the act. Like his efforts to overcome corporate facism, Dum's efforts to make the world a better place are small and insignificant. Though unlike Dum's Quixotic boycotts, his volunteering probably DID make a small difference to the few who directly benefited from his efforts. So good for you, Dum.

Dum rides down a gravel highway that is well-known in Alaska and is mentioned in his guidebooks. It's the only way to get to some famous place Dum wants to visit, so he tries to ride down this perfectly built, well maintained and well traveled road. In the book he congratulates himself for mastering "this off-road thing". Dum, you dummy, just because it's not paved does not mean it's not a road. In fact it is by every definition a road. A gravel road, fully designed and constructed for vehicular traffic. The fact that you may have made it down and back without killing yourself doesn't mean you did anything special.

The rest of this book is just more of Dum's square-peg superiority finding fault with the round-hole idiocy of the lesser-evolved, inferior civilizations of the Americas, who fail to recognize the greatness that has been bestowed upon them when Dum comes to town. It might have been interesting to read about such cultural differences if Dum had used anything but the condescending, even disparaging tone he did. As a result I found it too easy to dismiss Dum as an insecure, inferior geek who has himself almost convinced (and therefore tries so hard to convince the reader) that he is better than he is. He pretends to be superior to others when he is so obviously barely an average guy.

And to think someone married this twit.

Overall, it wasn't the worst book about a great opportunity to ride a nice motorcycle across several countries. Unfortunately the writer's personality shows through and he reveals himself to be someone you would NOT want to travel with. After reading his description of some of his social contacts on this trip, I wouldn't even want to have dinner with this kind of person. But he wouldn't enjoy my company either, as my barbecued ribs would undoubtedly make him want to toss his own salad. (I wonder if that means something different in England than it does in the American prison system.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It was a very good read enjoyed this book very much 15 février 2015
Par Scooter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I didn't know what to expect. It was a very good read enjoyed this book very much..
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Gone Riding lures me to ride more. 31 août 2014
Par MIKE SHEPARD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Enjoyable book with good information. Makes me want to go riding myself.
2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice read but, misses the mark. 15 juin 2015
Par Doktor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
While I enjoyed the book somewhat, far too much time spent whining about "feeling" and "guilt" and not liking riding with others. Dom could've spent much more time describing what he was seeing, the areas he visited, etc. Instead we got being afraid to ride in sand, complaining of others, etc.

After reading Jupiter's Travels, it actually made you want to ride around the world. Gone Riding, not so much.
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