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No Wrong Turns: Cycling the World, Part One: Paris to Sydney Paperback – March 24, 2017
About the Author
Chris Pountney is a self-described 'adventurer and author'. He describes himself this way because it sounds much better than admitting he's an unemployed homeless man who really likes riding his bicycle around. Originally from the UK, he hasn't been there very much recently. In fact, he's spent the last seven years cycling all over the world in more than seventy countries, and one day, when he was bored, he decided to write about it. He's currently out on the road somewhere, cycling across Europe and Asia again. To track him down and for more information, please visit: www.differentpartsofeverywhere.com
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Despite those moments, this book may inspire you to do some bicycle touring yourself... even if you've already found the most beautiful girl in the world.
In short, he has done a brilliant job. There is a great mix of the detail that makes situations come alive with clever linking sections to condense time, a good structure that plays with when we are told information - rather than being as chronological as the journal was forced to be by being 'written on the road' - and most importantly, the book has captured the humour and quirks of Chris' approach to travel, life and a search for love. So very much recommended for people who enjoy books about travel and/or bike touring. It will make you want to get out there (mostly... there are a few quite stressful bits that I don't want happening on any of my trips!).
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He takes us on an emotional roller coaster. One day he might be basking in the sublime beauty of human kindness and endless vistas. And the next day we experience with him the deprivations of third-world alcoholism and pushing through countless kilometers of beeping Chinese lorries.
I'm not sure anyone can accomplish what he has done without being a bit mad but you will enjoy his trip. You will begin to understand what it takes to travel exposed to the elements and to the cultures of the world. Without the metal shield of automobiles, he has to be stubborn, polite, and resourceful in order to keep intact his chosen lifestyle. And part of that lifestyle is finding beautiful women with which to share it. He even finds "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World."
Definitely worth a read.
That said, of all the journals I've read, none elicit quite as much joy, humor, excitement, and all other emotions that run the gamut of what it must really be like to cycle around the world. Chris is a smart, funny, and all around nice dude. Reading his journal, I feel transported, almost like I'm along for the ride. The voice he uses is friendly, smart, witty, conversational... but with the sly wisdom of a little hindsight. And it just gets better as he puts on the miles.
This book chronicles the first major part of Chris's around-the-world journey, from Paris to Sydney, Australia. The bits about obtaining visas in, and cycling through countries like Belarus are particularly exciting, and the beauty of the natural world that seems to lie around every turn keeps me glued. I hope to see it in print at local bike shops here in the states, because it really does paint an inspiring picture of the personal freedom and discovery that comes from touring on a bicycle.
After reading the book I searched for part 2 immediately....... Hurry up Chris?