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About adventure, cycling, ....... and living.
on March 11, 2013
I'd never heard of Willie, nor read his columns in the bike magazine he writes for, nor listened to his radio show, before downloading and reading this book. For me, this was pure serendipity, and I feel much better in myself for having finished this wonderful book. It is a book about travel (or adventure as Willie would have it), but travel and cycling just happen to be the means that he uses to explore life to the full. His tales from Turkey; Thailand; Colombia; Romania, or wherever, are full of admiration, empathy and respect for his hosts, and a reminder to us all that it's some of the small the things in life that matter most. As an aside, Willie seemed to enjoy his food on his travels. Whilst not a culinary guide in any way, the meals enjoyed by Willie may inspire you to visit some of the countries he did.
If you're looking for a book about chain sets, seat posts and tires, then this isn't it; but if you're that way inclined, then buy the book anyway, because if you're going to haul your butt any distance at all, then make it worth while and take some cues from Willie - your adventure will be much more the rewarding for it. If you're looking for a travel book, then go click the 1-click button right now, but be prepared for something much more than a narrative on endurance, landscapes and repartee with locals. Sure, it's got that, but Willie takes you on a journey through your self too. Not in a spiritual way, just through basic human decency and respect.
I am inspired by this book; not to jump on a bike and trail round the world, but to see life in its simplest, dignified and most inspiring form. Thank you Willie.