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Every Inch of the Way; My Bike Ride Around the World (English Edition) par [Bruce, Tom]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 231 pages
  • Editeur : Tom Bruce; Édition : 4 (11 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CLK76HM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tom finds the world is full of good people! 11 mai 2016
Par Colin P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tom has captured the big as well as little things of the adventure well. The story flows well and is never dull even when cycling in a dead flat, straight line across Death Valley. One gets a rare insight of middle Asia and its people. And what is so refreshing is Tom's experiences of the good in people he meets, no matter what religion, class or nationality. A good down to earth read, I recommend this book to those who enjoy adventure and travel writing.
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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.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable travelogue 25 septembre 2016
Par C. Paterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Enjoyable read, a well written account of the author's circumnavigation of the world by bicycle. What comes through is the universal kindness shown to travelers from China to Alabama. I have to admire the authors courage throughout, and perhaps this kind of trip is more dangerous than it used to be, but it should inspire others to challenge themselves ,whether . It's a journey of this magnitude or simply testing yourself in other ways.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Deep as a Birdbath 5 novembre 2015
Par J. Blilie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Tom Bruce, a young Briton (and I do mean young), gives us his impressions of the world as he flogs his bicycle around it.

Mr. Bruce has a good story to tell – a long distance ride on his bicycle; but in the end it falls rather flat.

The great majority of the book is simply a laundry list of the things he did each day. This could have been interesting and propelled the book; but just barely enough to keep me going. He can recount each day (pretty much) because he spends so few of them on the trip. He covered about 14,000 miles in about 9 months, all in. This means he had to ride something above 70 miles every day, on the days he rode, which were the great majority, come rain, snow, or sickness. This is a constant source of complaint: He is frequently moaning about how many miles he needs to put in, how little time he gets to spend in all these cool places, and what a pain it is (while at the same time bragging about the miles under the wheels); but in the next breath, he makes plans (airline ticket, visa, etc.) that continue to force the same frantic pace. (Really, if this is your plan, stop wingeing about it.) And the EFI thing really gets in the way as well (even used as the title of the book). Give it a rest, please?

He’s also inordinately proud of his Rohloff internally-geared hub – which seems to be constantly breaking down. Maybe if he hadn’t spent so much on that Rohloff, and instead had used (reliable) regular gearing, he could have had the budget to go a bit more leisurely. In fact, he seems to constantly be rushing and just counting miles. (I have done long-distance, self-supported bicycle touring. He was putting in far too many miles per day to be able to enjoy the places he scurried across (er, … visited).)

This combines with his youth to make this a very shallow and light-weight read. A few examples:

His commentary on California (which would be a fair-sized, economically booming, diverse and beautiful nation if it were one, independent of the rest of the US): “California had been just awesome. San Francisco has to be one of the best cities in the world.”

His commentary on American cars: “I have since done some work about sustainability in America and learnt (assume my maths is correct) that if America swapped their cars for British cars, they would save more energy in one year than their entire wind industry has done in the last decade. … This illustrates pretty well that America has got its environmental priorities massively wrong.” Ah, the wisdom of a 24-year-old. Why not ban all cars with displacements greater than 1.3l in the UK? That would save a ton of energy. No one needs a larger engine than that to get from place to place. But I digress …

I’m sure he will find his advice and philosophizing to be cringe-worthy in a few years. I did.

I got to the end of my own long journey by bike and thought about writing a book about it. But I realized that I (like Mr. Bruce) didn’t really have anything substantive or important to say to the general public about it. (I went, I worked hard, I saw a lot of wonderful things, I learned a great deal, and, after more than 2 years, I came back broke; but with memories, journals, and a lot of great photos.)

Books I recommend (your time will be much better spent):
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Jupiter's Travels : Four Years Around the World on a Triumph
One Man Caravan (Incredible Journeys Books)
Canoeing with the Cree
Sailing Alone Around the World
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Couldn't put my kindle down. 4 juillet 2015
Par Darryn Young - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A great story of life and attitudes on the road. Cycling will look to return to the masses with every inspirational story such as this. If you love to travel no matter what the mode. Just do it. Tom did.
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