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2 Wheels 2 Years & 3 Continents: A Bicyclist's Dream Fulfilled Paperback – July, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 555 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Garden Pubns Co; 1st edition (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961205075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961205072
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ralph W. Galen retired in 1992 after 42 years as an orthodontist. He soon set out on a two-year journey on a specially adapted tandem bicycle. This book is his memoirs of that journey, not only on his bicycle, but through his mind.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Horrible. I've read lots of bicycle travelogues and this is THE WORST to date. Author writes like a little kid...choppy and without any flow. I read about 200 pages out of this 400+ page book and threw it away. Bottomline: Don't buy it - it isn't worth it.. Read Barbara Savages' MILES FROM NOWHERE if you want to read a GREAT BICYCLE TRAVELOGUE...
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Part travelogue, part social commentary, part camping how-to, part adventure story. This book will keep you entertained and enjoying being 'along for the ride' without having to pedal it yourself.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gus van mart on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't want to be mean to Mr. Galen. I admire him for taking this 2-year adventure and for going through the effort of writing down his memories. But he really is not a writer, and his prose is not very interesting. It's quite dull, in fact. The book is just his journal, recounting every day. Perhaps the most telling experience he writes about is his meeting with a man named Boris who tells him "Natural talent for writing, if absent, cannot be developed at the age of 68." If only he had heeded Boris' words. If you just want to find out what a cyclist saw in two years, perhaps you will get something out of this, but if you want to be pulled in, to live the journey with him and lose yourself in his experiences, you will be disappointed.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2002
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i am a biker and i took bike rides around europe. i didnt find his writing boring as opposed to the other reviewer. i think he gives a nice account of the places he visited, how much he wanted this dream to come true, and very optimistic view of life.
overall, i will send this book as a gift to friends who are avid bikers.
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