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A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World Paperback – International Edition, March 11, 2010
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About the Author
Anne Mustoe read Classics at Cambridge and was the headmistress of a girls' school in Suffolk until 1987, when she left her job and embarked on her first solo journey around the world by bicycle. She is an established travel writer with a substantial following who lectures regularly on her adventures.
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This is an elegantly written, wryly humorous, uniquely British travelogue.
In true British "stiff upper lip" style, the author, a classical scholar, does not much dwell on herself or her personal tribulations, opting instead to follow the flow of historic events throughout the regions she travels.
When she finally leaves her familiar Western world for India and the Far East, she shows deep appreciation for the people she meets and their cultures, and relishes both the beauty and the desolation she finds around her, as she covers thousands of lonely miles.
I've read many bike travel/adventure books which often feature graphic details of the author's daily suffering, aches & pains, and disgust at the conditions encountered along the way.
Ms. Mustoe's account of her travels is both cerebral and uplifting. The world as seen by a brilliant and self-effacing lady.
A splendid book.
Curious about her later travels, I just discovered she passed away in Syria after a short illness, at age 76, while undertaking what she had described as her last round the world bike tour. What a marvelous, brave woman she was!
Based on this book, I am not sure I would choose her as a travelling companion (Neil Gander I would pay to have along on a bike tour, just for the laughs), despite a shared interest in history and religion and cycle touring, but I did admire Anne's tenacity, and I guess, her somewhat school-marmish commitment to certain standards.
The book is well written and properly edited. I enjoyed the American segment the most, partly because it just described her trip without trying to tie it to the wanderings of some great person of antiquity, and partly because the transcontinental route she chose sounds quite good really.
I was reading a blog of an english gal (Ann Wilson titled "Through Europe and Beyond" on crazyguyonabike web site) who is presently doing what Ann Mustoe did and she was inspired to do it by Ann Mustoes book.
I was so engrossed with the other gals blog, enjoying her adventures and many pictures and thought Ann Mustoes book would be similar but instead you're being fed a history lesson with very little of her bicycling adventures. It leaves you wanting but if you like history this is the book for you, she gives it to you lock stock and barrel till it comes out of every pore. On and on paragraph after paragraph of history. This is truly not what I was looking for. I was thinking a bit of history intertwined in her cycling odyssey but instead got the opposite "A bit of cycling intertwined in a history book.