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Riding The Mountains Down (Unicorn)

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This is the remarkable account of a lone female cyclist's hazardous and often hair-raising 5000 mile journey from Karachi to Kathmandu.
Published November 25th 1985 by Unwin Paperbacks
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Very much in the style of Dervla Murphy (no bad thing, obviously), this is the first of some nine bicycle travel books by Bettina Selby. At 47 she decided to take up travel, and selected bicycling at her travel medium.

This book documents her journey in 1983 from Karachi to Kathmandu, and covers the eastern side of Pakistan from south to north, before crossing into India in the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh before heading into Nepal. Out the other side and back into India, she finish
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I didn't care for this one as much as the others of hers I'd read, as she seemed crankier. Yes, there were nice people along the way, but overall Selby seemed to have dwelled on the more negative aspects of the experience; moreover, she came across as somewhat helpless at times, rather than her usual resourceful self. Not a bad book, but disappointing for me.
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At the age of 47 I found myself free of commitments. I decided the time had at last come to do what I had long wanted, namely, to see something of the wilder regions of the world. I had already discovered the eminent suitability of a bicycle for travel and exploration, and so, with little more ado, I set out to see something of the Himalayas.

My first objective was Pakistan. I planned to ride from
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