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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898861098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898861099
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With all the reviews posted here, it's hard not to sound like a "me-too" reviewer... But there are some aspects of this book that can still be called out. [FIRST] Prospective bike tourists tend to think of equipment, conditioning, and education as the tasks they need to do in preparation. But if you're taking on something as significant as a world tour, you'd better be prepared to trust your touring partner, because the stress will be on your relationship. Barbara brings this out beautifully, both in describing the changes she went through with her husband Larry, and the contrast between their growing partnership and some of the more parasitic folks they picked up along the way. [SECOND] Something Americans don't often "get," even when we take conventional tours, is how very different this country is from other parts of the world. Barbara's graphic descriptions of cycling through Egypt (frightening) and India (just very crowded and no privacy) bring this home in a unique manner. And, were the Savages brave or stupid to travel through bandit-terrorized areas of Thailand? She leaves just enough ambiguity to our imagination so that we have to think it through ourselves. [FINALLY] An activity that was for 10-mile, casual spins became a daily routine, and I hate to see Barbara and Larry boarding that plane for California at the end of their journey. I want to know that they'll continue their ride, seeking further adventures -- and it hits me hard to learn that Barbara was killed in a cycling accident while the book was at press. This book grew on me, as good stories do, and I wanted to believe at the end that I could pick up the phone and somehow invite Barbara and Larry out for a ride. I have to "settle" for doing it myself some day.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2000
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Picking up this book on a whim, I had no idea what impact Barbara and Larry would have on me! Even though the story is 25 years old, it is fresh as can be. Read this book and then read "Hey Mom,Can I ride my bike across America?" and see how Barbara and Larry inspired a middle school teacher, his wife and 5 students to ride their bikes from DC to California. It's amazing how well these books go together.
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Having failed to read of Barbara's tragic death until finished with the book, I felt as though I'd lost a friend at the story's end. The spirit with which Barbara and Larry embraced life on their journey makes me look at my world much more thankfully for its simple pleasures. Enduring physical and mental hardships as well as relishing the pleasures of creation and human kindness, Barbara Savage sparked in me a yearning to break free of my daily routine and reach out to others however I can. Perhaps one day our family will create a cycling adventure of our own!
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I read this book 8 years ago. I was about to embark on a journey through Africa on my bicycle and found motivation through Barbara's tale. What struck me the most was that she and her husband were riding 10 speeds! 10 speeds! Imagine. And they did it (imagine "granny gear" on a 10 speed)! Their journey, her words, her life are inspirational. I have my bicylce tales in foreign lands as well, but rather than writing about them, I found myself laughing and relating and thanking her for her anecdotal comraderie. Rest in Peace, Barbara Savage. Your life shines.
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It was tough for me to read Barb's book. She was a good friend of mine and I learned a lot from Larry and Barb. But, reading her book was like reading out of my own journal. The experience of riding around the world is overwhelming; Barb let's you know some of what to expect.
By the way, Larry is doing just fine, living life to the fullest. (Is there any other way?)
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This is a true story of a husband / wife worldwide adventure from 25 years ago. Barbara Savage chronicles a two year long world tour she and her husband, Larry made beginning and ending in their home state of California, on bicycles! This is not your ususal granola eating, wimpy envoirnmentalist travelogue, but a gritty, realistic and at times humerous tale of the people and places they encounter along the way. From friendly ranchers in South Dakota to motorcycle riding bandits in the middle east, this story has it all. It details the efforts of the author and her husband to overcome and survive hard places and unusual cultures. As they go, they strike friendships with other travelers and local residents, and also get in fights with mauraders in cars and on foot. It neither condemns nor sugar coats the locations visited, but paints a true picture of the world from the bicyclists' perspective.
As entertaining and enlightening today as it was when written years ago. Sadly, the author died in a bicycle accident shortly after writing the book. But as readers, we are fortunate that she was able to produce a work recording this adventure. I'll never brag about my 25 mile bike tours again.
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By A Customer on September 25, 2000
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I have never laughed as hard as I did as when I read sections of Barbara Savage's "Miles Form Nowhere". I also shed some tears at other sections.
This well-written adventure story, with a woman's touch, is a wonderfully entertaining and emotion-tugging delight. Men and women alike (who bicycle, or care about someone who does) will especially enjoy this book.
The tempo varies, but never drags. The language and the syntax are easy to read, yet not simplistic. This book is definitely one to own, and to re-visit periodically.
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