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You've Gone Too Far This Time

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Have you ever woken up in the sultry heat of the morning, your hair and beard teeming with maggots? Have you ever felt the cold barrel of a semi automatic gun against your forehead? When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do somethi ...more
Unknown Binding, 240 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Not Avail (first published 2011)
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Sudama Panigrahi
“I want to cycle around the world and raise money.”

Do you have a dream? Have you ever set out on a world tour? Danny has a dream and he sets out on a world tour on a cycle. Doesn’t it sound like the Tour De France? Yes it is Tour De World. Ah the cycle has a name too: Shirley. Isn’t that sexy?

From London, through France, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, he enters into Ukrain. Through the Central Asian countries and Russia he roams in the Swat Valley: The Switzerland of the East. Islamabad, Lah
Sebagian orang menulis kisah perjalanannya dengan serius dan penuh perenungan. Sebagian dengan penuh humor, sarkasme, bahkan kerap menertawakan diri sendiri. Danny Bent masuk ke kategori kedua. Awalnya saya kurang simpatik dengan pesepeda yang menempuh ribuan kilometer untuk mengumpulkan dana bagi anak-anak ini. Dari caranya bercerita, dia terkesan memandang remeh atau malah menertawakan penduduk di negara-negara miskin serta berbahaya yang dia lewati. Tapi lama-kelamaan saya mulai terbiasa deng ...more
This is a fantastic concept - a teacher cycling from England to India for charity? What's not to love?

Well, the writing. The stories are good, and the book as a whole is a good reading experience, but it's obvious that Mr Bent is a junior school teacher first and an author second. Areas that I wanted to hear more about were glossed over, and much too much time was spent on describing useless information. I mean, there's only so many times I can read about a guy getting diarrhoea before I start t
I really enjoyed this book. Danny Bent, a remarkably ordinary guy, takes on the extraordinary challenge of cycling from the UK to India, a mammoth challenge that I am so impressed with.

I think Bent writes somewhat deceptively of his naiveté. Sure, he might leave his wallet on a counter once, but he's also made the effort to learn some of the language in almost every place he goes to, and has done the trip in an amazingly resilient and reliable bike.

Bent is wonderfully honest in writing about a
When was the last time you knew a public school teacher who kept his word to his students even though it meant a 3000+ mile cycle ride across at least a dozen countries? This book gave me all of the thrill of an adventure without the danger of border crossings or consistent food poisoning. What WOULD it be like to bicycle from England all the way to the very south of India? To carry little more than a few clothes, a cell phone, and the barest essentials of camping gear? Without Danny, I'd never ...more
Christopher Litsinger
I mostly enjoyed this book. It's the memoir of a guy who rode a bike from across Europe to India, which connects with plenty of my interests. The book is unbelievable in the way only a true travel story could be. However, the book is often just plain unbelievable because it is impossible - (view spoiler) ...more
Laura Ganderton

Very inspiring book! Comical with fantastic descriptions and thoughts. Excellent read
Andi suf
sudah posisi tinggi di suatu perusahaan tiba tiba besoknya bilang ke atasan dia,kalo dia mau keluar kerja....mau jadi guru mengajar, what??

tidak sampai disitu, cerita seru baru dimulai, setelah dia mau jadi volunteer pengajar di pedalaman india, transportasi yang dipilihnya adalah sepeda (sebenernya sih anak-anak muridnya yg meminta dia naik sepeda). Emang berapa jauh sih kok naik sepeda.....yak cukup jauh, karena dia sendiri berada di Inggris.

Gila...lucu..tegang...sedih...semangat membara....we
A great adventure! Crazy and maybe even a little unbelievable, but what an adventure!
Totally enjoyable and a recommended read to anyone turning 30 especially.
This is way off topic I suppose but my biggest complaint about this book is its cover. Not just the lame graphic that does no justice to the fun inside, but the actual paper the cover is printed on. It's this glossy mess that bent to some crazy angle every time I turned the page and now the whole book looks as though it is trying to open it's mouth to eat something.

The novel on the whole was fun, light hearted, and filled with the usual British jokes poking fun other cultures etc. Basic premise
That it has taken me 1 year to complete this book, is not a reflection of this travel tale, but of my reading distractions.

Danny has attempted to share his travel tale from UK to India by cycle as passionately as possible.

He seems to spend an inordinate amount of words on the time he spent in toilets and in describing them to the reader in great detail. Assuming that this all comes from diary entries instead of memory, it lets us know his state of mind while traversing through eastern Europe an
Saat sarapan disuguhkan, aku berpikir kenapa ada orang yang mau bepergian dengan sepeda tanpa alasan jelas untuk waktu yang tidak ditentukan. Aku memiliki tujuan yang ingin kucapai; aku mengumpulkan uang untuk orang-orang yang kutemui sepanjang jalan. Apa motivasi Peter?

Pikiran tersebut menggelayuti Danny Bent saat bertemu dengan Peter, pesepeda yang telah mengembara selama dua puluh tahun. Sebelumnya Danny menganggap Peter pasti tahu soal hidup lebih banyak darinya. Tentunya juga telah belajar
Vibina Venugopal
Like a cycle ride , it begins all slowly, first an accident that becomes the defining moment of Danny's life..His love for cycling and the long rides has been the thing of his life, and when he chose this to carry his life was only predictable, but the extend he choses only raised my eyebrow..To raise money for actionaid he rides through continents, starting from England riding through Europe all the way through western India all the way to India was on a high note of inspiration...
All through t
This book made me laugh! I read it while working out, and it made the treadmill go much, much faster! I found myself chuckling out loud at the gym (embarrassing!). Overall, it went on and on and on and on...and I was thinking, "Seriously, Danny, you HAVE gone too far! You're still going!" The story follow a British bicyclist who rides all the way from the UK through Western and Eastern Europe (the Stans!) to his journey's end in India. His memoir is a fun read if you like travel stories!
I received a free copy of this novel for my honest review. After Danny Bent almost dies after falling off of a cliff, he gets this striking revelation that his life isn’t going the way he wanted it to. He pretty much returns home to his 3rd grade class to tell them he’s going away to teach kids in India. They ask how he’ll get there, he says fly, then sees the lesson he’d taught the kids on being green, how much pollutants planes give off in our environment. He changes his answer before complete ...more
Picked this one up as a kindle freebie so I can't complain about the price! One man's crazy 15,000km bike ride to India.

What I enjoyed about this:
- The personal narrative of the Danny's journey both physically and spiritually.
- The fact that it wasn't meticulously planned, the best adventures happen that way!
- It's an easy, quick read, maybe Danny was thinking of his former (and future) pupils
- Danny gets to live his childhood ambition which will inspire and motivate others to do the same
The true story of a primary school teacher who cycles from his home in the UK to a school in India, to raise money for the charity Actionaid. It was an amazing feat really, but I did find it monotonous at times. I don't think his future lies in the literary field, but nevertheless, the sufferings he endured to complete this challenge left me feeling that IF I'd ever fostered thoughts of attempting such a challenge, then they would be relinquished forthwith!
Too often the news goes for scare tactics making the idea of doing a journey like the one carried out in this book something absolutely terrifying. It was really nice to see just how many kind people there are in this world - even in countries where all we hear is how uncivilised the people are and how unsafe it is to travel. Obviously there are times in this book where hateful and terrifying things do happen but the examples of generosity and kindness show that these things really are in the mi ...more
i enjoyed this travel book. i would love MORE DETAILS!! more about the bike, the gear, the scenery, the logistics of obtaining food, water, money, and there was almost nothing about the charity he was riding for and is essentially the inspiration for the ride and book. the book basically covers the people he meets along the way and tells a story that anyone who has travelled, especially alone and in less-travelled places, can relate. fast, easy, enjoyable.
Hal Brodsky
Enjoyable little book for armchair adventure travelers. After a near-death experience, the British author packs it in and heads off to India via Eastern Europe, The former Soviet Asian Republics, China, and even war-torn tribal bicycle! The focus of the book is not cycling, however, but more about the individual people he meets,the poverty he encounters, food, and ...well.... loose bowel movements. Along the way the author has a bit of a mystical awakening, but he also drinks some ...more
A somewhat entertaining book, but the quality of the writing bothered me :P

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Eight different officials checked our passports. We proved we didn't have any fruit, the swine 'flu or a map of Taiwan showing it as an independent state - location 2540
Philip Walker
Danny Bent certainly deserves a pat on the back for his very worthy adventure, a fantastic ride and I can imagine Danny being a fantastic teacher. However there is a problem. The book is quite simply badly written, which is a real shame and perhaps more the fault of the publisher than the author. Either way it reads like a school assignment "What did you do last summer?" that has been written by an 11 year old.

I did loose some respect for the author when he relates his lack of cola and chocolate
This book was a fun read, all about the author's adventures on an amazing bicycle journey. I enjoyed reading about the various people, cultures and countries he encountered, frequently depending on the kindness of strangers. My biggest complaint is that I was often left wanting to know more about a situation. Many times, his anecdotes were just left hanging without an ending.
I downloaded this book for my kindle – because it was free. It turned out to be an entertaining read. Danny Bent – a keen cyclist and a teacher in London, decides to cycle to a village in India to raise money for children’s charities. A mammoth undertaking! He Christians his bike Sheila and the two of them embark on some fabulous adventures. Danny meets a variety of characters along the way – many of them showing great kindness and generosity despite having little themselves. Danny is a colourfu ...more
James Eubank
This is a great story from someone with minimal experience/expectations for bike touring. It's humorous and can be thrilling at times.
A very interesting story of a teacher from England who is challenged by his class to make a difference in the world and so sets out to ride a bicycle from London to India. Every country he leaves he is warned that the next country is full of thieves and murders. But he finds everyone more than friendly and willing to share what they have with him. His journey takes him across Europe, thru Russia, the Ukraine, and all the -stan countries, over the Hindu-Kish mountains, thru Pakistan and into Indi ...more
Arindam Pal
A charming anecdote of an adventurous journey from the cozy confines of a British home to the far south of India. Who would dare to embark on such an excruciating 15,000 miles of bicycle madness? "Rooney", um, Danny Bent does it on a whim - in the course of the months facing perilous moments, embezzled with unique Brit humor, DB lives his dream and enlightens the readers with a soul touching tale of different people, different cultures and the very essence of humanity. Age old notions are broken ...more
I got this book on my Kindle through a Bubbooks offer and I'm so glad I did. It was throughly enjoyable. The writing was very casual for lack of a better word, readable, like a friend writing me a letter about his adventures. It was better, for me, then the last book I read by an actual travel writer. If you like travel memoirs, have ever been to the 'stans, or India, or are a bicyclist, then read this book.
Taufiq Mahendra
Gaya penceritaan dari danny bent udah bagus. tapi sayang kenapa ya , klo buku terjemahan itu agak kurang gimana gitu dibacanya. bukan salah translatornya. Mungkin salah otak gw yg kurang bisa mencerna. Overall, buku ini bagus. Hal-hal yg belum gw ketahui (dan mungkin emang sengaja ditutupi) dari negara-negara yg dilewati danny dibahas disini. Oiya, akun twitternya @dannybent, om danny gak pelit bales mention lho. kemaren dia nanya di mention gw yg klo di b indonesia-in kira2 begini "kalo gue ke ...more
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Danny began adventuring at the age of four when he cycled down the steep steps that led up to his family home in Buxton. The cuts on his knees, and sore head did nothing to deaden his adventurous spirit or his love of cycling.

After leaving university he found himself trapped in an office turning paper for a living. To keep himself sane he would take his bike around the world competing for Great Br
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