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About the Author

Alastair Humphreys is an author, blogger, and motivational speaker who was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year for 2012. He is the author of Blue Mountains, The Boy Who Biked the World, and Ten Lessons from the Road.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alastair Humphreys FRGS

Aged 8, Alastair completed the 26 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. At 13 he did the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours. At 14 he cycled off-road across England. After leaving school Alastair taught for a year in South Africa and travelled round the region.
Whilst at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities he undertook several expeditions, cycling from Pakistan to China (Karakoram Highway), Land's End to John O'Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America. Alastair ran a charity project in the Philippines and the London marathon dressed as a rhino.

After Oxford Alastair cycled round the world for 4 years.
He has raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean and canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River as well as walking the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.

Alastair ran the Marathon des Sables, finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race. He has rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, a soldier paralysed in Iraq.

To fight off the wanderlust back home Alastair managed a sub-3-hour marathon, had a miserable time during the Original Mountain Marathon, the Devizes to Westminster 120-mile canoe marathon and another one during Tough Guy. Travelling round the World Cup in a camper van was much more fun.

Alastair has published three books, with one more due by the end of 2009. (He has also written chapters for Lonely Planet's 'Flightless' anthology, the Adventure Cycling Handbook, Stanorama and The Traveller's Handbook).

After spending a year teaching 10-year-old boys in a school's Special Needs department, Alastair is now training for the Bob Graham Round and preparing for SOUTH, the first unsupported return journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

Alastair pays the bills through public speaking, fulfilling a long ambition in 2008 by speaking to a full house at the Royal Geographical Society.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aspire on May 16, 2010
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I have read many bicycle travel adventure books, and what separates the great ones from the mediocre is always the same thing - the extent to which the author lets us into his heart. Sure, the tales of tribulations on the road are exciting, and we are always up for a good suspense at the border crossing story. But when the author tells us of his feelings and emotions, especially the honesty in which he writes about his loneliness and self-doubt, and yes, his determination and moments of transcendent happiness - that is what brings Moods of Future Joys and Thunder and Sunshine, to a higher level than the typical travel adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed both books and look forward to whatever else Alastair Humphreys cares to write about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Bouwman on June 16, 2013
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This book is a continuance of Alastairs first book "Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike" and it is no less entertaining and inspiring than the first part. He knows how to tell a story and describe the various adventures he experienced, I felt like I was along for the ride. Highly recommended not only for other bike tourists but anyone interested in learning more about the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. S. Courtauld on November 14, 2008
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Beautifully written. Epic adventure. Great to have a quality travel book by a 'normal' person rather than the endless celebrity stuff. Well done Alistair! Can't wait to read about his South Pole book.
Chloe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. norris on February 5, 2013
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Absolutely loved this book. Al has an easy writing style and a true sense of adventure. It touches on many countries of the world and has made me more knowlegeable in the geography and cultures of the world. If you're interested in bike touring, this book is sure to inspire.
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There are grand adventures and then there are the truly epic ones. Alastair Humphrey's book - covering the second half of his world bicycle trip from South America back to the UK - falls into the latter. I honestly couldn't put it down and it wasn't just because of the edge of your seat action filling just about every chapter, but the honesty, humour and charm that seems to infuse every page. Alastair writes in a beautifully relaxed and real style that seems to come from the bottom of his heart. You'll laugh, you'll squirm and you'll undoubtedly be horrified at some parts but the end result is a brilliant read about a (let's face it) brilliant adventurer who likes to think of himself as a modern Bilbo Baggins but is honestly more of an Aragorn. What a champion and an inspiration! A gem among adventure travel books.
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I could not put down the magnificent work of Al Humphreys’ Thunder & Sunshine until I had rode back home with him. A compelling description of one man’s journey around the world by bicycle. This epic adventure was so enormous in the undertaking that it took two volumes to tell the story. While Thunder & Sunshine stands alone on its own merit, one might want to read part 1 of Alastair Humphreys’ four year journey starting with his book Moods of Future Joys, also written in the style of a real adventurer. As I plan my own adventures by bicycle these books will be read again and again.

“From your front door, it’s a long ride home.” Alastair Humphreys

Jeffrey Fritts, College Place, WA. USA
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I bought this book thinking it would be about bicycle riding. What a surprise. What an amazing collection of stories about people, places, and adventure. I am very impressed that someone could write so much interesting content. Awesome book!
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By Ruth on March 10, 2014
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An exciting and inspiring tale of an incredible ride right around the world, alone, on a bike! Told with honesty and humility we follow the process that changes Al from a brave but timid young man into a confident, tough, world citizen, much to his own surprise.
Well written ( he really did turn into a travel writer) funny and courageous, it was so enjoyable I had to read it twice!
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