- File Size: 3666 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Publisher: Globalwalk Press; 2 edition (December 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004MDLNCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World Kindle Edition
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"5 out of 5 Stars. 3 MPH is a solid and strongly recommended read that shouldn't be missed."
--Midwest Book Review
"Letofsky's 3mph is hilarious, and very well-written."
--Minneapolis Star & Tribune
"3mph is the perfect kick off to our Women's Adventure Book Club. What better way to combine our love for adventure and reading!"
-- Women's Adventure Magazine
"A page-turner! 3mph is engaging a courageous journey full of humanity, charity and spirit."
"Polly's story is compelling and fascinating. She makes a wonderful, hilarious traveling companion as one vicariously makes the trek from one's armchair."
--Tattered Cover Bookstore
"The City of Wheat Ridge proudly announces 3mph our 2012 City Reads Book of the Year."
-- City of Wheat Ridge, CO
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- she does so in the most cushy way possible (being picked up every evening and brought to her accommodatons, often multiple star hotels, and being dropped of again in the mornings) thanks to the Lions Clubs that spontaneously stepped up when her own bad planning fell apart
- her interactions and experiences with locals are so full of stereotypes and cliches that I'm not entirely convinced she actually travelled there
- she is whiney in the most pompous and privileged way imaginable (oh my gosh, the horrors of repaying all the support she is given by having to go to interviews and official events! Meanwhile the general population is struggling to keep their children fed)
- when her Lions Club network breaks down and she actually has to fend for herself (including financing her food and accommodations) and start "roughing it", she suddenly sours of the local population (in this case: all of Western Europe except the UK) and complains how unhelpful and unfriendly everyone is. Because everyone knows Europe only has the one cultural identity. Not once does she consider that she/her attitude or conduct may have something to do with apparently every single local's unwelcoming stance. I also wondered what had happened to her funds, since she suddenly had to live off apples and scraps and couldn't afford even the cheapest accommodation. She can't have had any expenses earlier as everything was paid for by the Lions or sponsored (like Bob's shipping and her flights). Something just didn't add up.
- Astonishingly, the locals suddenly get much friendlier when she arrives in English-speaking countries and the Lions are back in the game. Hmmm...
- her political ignorance irked me. She felt attacked just because the others were interested in current affairs and wanted to discuss world events. Pretending none of it is your concern is not an option if the main drivers are the officials elected by you.
- on the other hand, her ignorance just reinforced the American stereotype she was perpetuating. I just loved when she returned to the US and gushed over how Americans are the friendliest and most generous people in the world - completely ignoring the hundreds (thousands?) of people in the developing countries she had crossed who had donated what little savings they had to her cause.
- in general, she does not bring any content of value - the cultural insights are superficial at best, her experiences are repetitive and get boring quickly (has anyone counted how often she has the same two or three encounters with police?), and there is definitely no advice to be found on how to organise a similar journey of your own.
- my hardest eyeroll: towards the end of her travels she is joined by a couple in their RV, and the woman joins in her daily walks. The author is glad that finally someone experiences the hardships she has been under, namely....checking the weather reports every morning so that they know what to wear.
- This is the first book I ever stopped reading at 87%. Normally, if I've made it past 30% I will finish it because books deserve to be finished. In this case I really, really couldn't care less whether the author-protagonist made it back home or was run over by a moose.
There was one very irritating error Polly made over and over in her travels through England . That was using “Toe Path” when the actual word(s) is TOW Path. Great Britain is crisscrossed with canals, and in the early days the barges were TOWED on paths alongside the canals either by horses and sometimes human muscle. One might have stubbed a Toe as they walked on one of the Tow paths, though.
Polly was so honest and modest about her experiences, it was refreshing. At 80 I’m not even tempted, but the book helped me to experience much of the trip through reading. The words about trust are useful at any stage of life as is the concept of taking one step at a time.
I highly recommend this book.
Since I properly walk (2 hours daily every day for the last 10 years) I related to Polly's story straight away. Even though I do not have the intention of walking the world, I was hooked to this story from the get go. Polly is everything you would love to have in a storyteller. She's wit, funny, honest, simple (yet compelling) and knows how to keep you turning the pages.
I encourage you strongly to get this book and get inspired by a story that will take you through the Mojave desert, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland and the US back. What a treat!
Most importantly Polly walks for a reason: raise awareness on breast cancer.Global Walk
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To be honest seeing an unkempt traveler pushing an old blue trolley may not appeal to the social instincts of a European! But there are good moments of humour and you finish the book admiring this achievement although less so the author. The book is over long really. I guess 3 stars is a fair rating.
As travel books go this has to be the book of all books
Nature, Traditions, Food Variety, Local Customs are looked upon as hindrances or obstacles.
A good read.