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Around Africa on my Bicycle Paperback – September 30, 2009
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"In a world first, almost incredibly, Riaan Manser rode a bicycle right around the continent of Africa. It took him two years, two months and fifteen days. He rode 36,500 km (22,500 miles) through 34 different countries.
In [this book] Manser tells the story of this epic journey. It is a story of blood sweat, toil and tears. It is a story of triumph and occasional disaster. Of nights out under the stars, of searing heat and rain, of endless miles of Africa and of pressing on and never surrendering whatever the odds.
Mostly however it is the story of one man's courage and determination to escape the mundane and see the continent he loves and feels so much of a part of. It is the story of the human warmth he encounters, and occasionally human wrath and hostility as he crosses troubled countries and borders."
The man that wrote the forward for this book (John Robbie) really said it well. He said, "There's always reason to put off the dream, isn't there? Too busy, too poor, too lazy. For most people, me included, it's really a case of being too scared. That's why for the majority, these fantasies remain daydreams rather than fulfilled ambitions or even attempted ones. Then we get old and regret the fact that we never went for it".
I read that and knew I would like this book. He is right. We all put off things that we want to do because we make excuses. Because of this, we tend to admire, and envy, people who do what we think is an exciting or adventurous thing. I knew I would admire and be a little bit jealous of Riaan and his round Africa journey. So, the premise was a go.Read more ›
Good for you, Riaan, and an adventure of the body and spirit well worth reading!
I would have turned around and gone home very shortly into the trip or at 10 other points along the way. The author treated this "voyage" as if he had no choice.... as if he was on the ship to find India and there was no turning back. He is truly heroic (or crazy) in the same way as those explorers of previous centuries.
His story is told without bravado. His story is told with humour. His story is told with a strong love for Africa. And what is fantastic is his story is told with awe. We should all read his story with awe for it captures the essence of adventure against the backdrop of an African canvas - for me still a compelling canvas. Read and enjoy and dream about your own journeys into the unknown - I know my first attempt at riding 1,000 kms in 10 days was the unknown for me - now it is old hat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. (age 10)Published 8 months ago by Liz O'Connell
it was an exciting and a most interesting read. It tended to be a bit diary-ised at times which is understandable but somewhat too detailed for me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jocelyn Angove
What a fantastic read! I've lived in a few African countries-Left Sierra Leone 7 months ago, so I know exactly how tough those places are. Riaan you have guts old chap. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bessie Romain
A compelling , fascinating account of this incredible experience , written in an engagingly unassuming but interesting style . A must read for anyone in this country .Published on August 22, 2013 by Tim Dix
A great story of stamina and courage. Real example of being outside your comfort zone. An inspiration to others looking for adventure.Published on April 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Its a good book and easy read for some reason the author repeat himself on several occasions.
I enjoyed the first quarter but then got bored and stopped reading.