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A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas: Being a True Account of a Bike Adventure from Alaska Paperback – October 24, 2000
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About the Author
Between globe trotting bicycle adventures George lives not so quietly in Santa Cruz, California, a beach community, where he is desperately learning to surf on a 9'6" O'Neill surfboard. When not flailing away in the Pacific Ocean, Hawkins can be seen, occasionally, riding his Miyata road bike through the nearby redwood forested mountains or under his classic 1974 Plymouth Duster changing the oil or greasing the lubrication fittings. More often than not when the sun is rising or setting, George will be perched on a scenic ocean cliff or hiking a beach with his Nikon camera capturing images of crashing waves or unforgettable sunsets.In addition to bicycle touring, surfing, and photography, Hawkins is locally famous for his handcrafted beers, particularly the incomparable MadHawk Ale.
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While the book is not perfect and really needs editing -both English and Spanish- the overall enjoyment that this book had provided me more than compensated for the miniscule amount that I had paid for it.
It may not be your ideal bike touring book but I really liked the way the author had tried his best to cover as much ground as possible on his journey and that he had created "mini episodes" of his adventures as he cycled, took the buses, ferries and trains across the Americas.
And he did in a period where electronic gadgets and gizmos were non-existent to make navigation very easy as it is today.
There might be gaps or digressions in some of his journals but all of that are forgiven when you have a book that made you laugh, agreed with or not with the author and, yes, had that unmistakable 'feel-good-read urge' when you suddenly have other important things in life to attend to.
I won't hesitate to read this book all over again if I can't ride my bike during those cold and rainy days.
If you enjoy reading travel stories, you will learn quite a bit from Hawkins' experience. I read it out of curiousity and also to learn a little about South America. He writes rather well, takes his time, and tosses off his opinions of the many people and cultures he met along the way. There are surprises, miracles, close calls, plenty of distractions, and all in all, I enjoyed the ride. I recommend the book if you like biking and hiking in the Americas and in uncharted areas, or, if like me, you are just curious! His experience in Peru was the most interesting to me.
clear and easy to understand.It gives a picture in your mind as to what all the different places look like and the character of their people,all the cities the author visited had some one always ready to help solve a problem and he was surprised as I was to find
this to be so almost everywhere.As you might suspect there was one instance in which he lost some equipment,there is one rotten apple always. So for the people who like to travel like bicycling and want to take a break reading a good book I highly recommend
It is a highly detailed journal of his journey. George uses words to paint a picture on paper like van Gogh used canvas. When he wrote about the forest closing in on him as a storm approached, I could feel my room getting smaller. As he sweat in Mexico I lost 3lbs of water weight.
Only tow things could have made this a better book. 1.) More photographs are always great in a book such as this and 2.) an after the ride chapter(s). As it is he reaches the the end of the ride and says the end. WHAT HAPPEN NEXT, how did he get home?
As for the material being dated, the journey was 17 years ago, so I don't think I would go looking for the locations expertly described in the book. But it is still one hell of a read that I am glad I have in my library.