Lisa Eirene's Reviews > Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
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Feb 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

This book was about a single woman in 1963 riding her bike from Ireland to India. This was rather unheard of at the time, especially through a Muslim country. The book is written in journal format. She was keeping a journal and mailing it back to friends in Ireland along the way.

The story was really interesting and I enjoyed reading her account of the countryside, her experiences and the cultural differences. She talked a lot about the people she met. They were all brutally poor and starving, yet fed her and took her in wherever she went.

She ran into a lot of roadblocks--horrible weather (intense desert heat, freezing weather in the mountains), bike tires bursting, dysentery, insect bites, customs agents not allowing her passage to just name a few. Yet her experience was entirely positive.

Good book!

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