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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
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.