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The Wind in My Wheels

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  18 reviews
As a young girl, Josie Dew developed an overpowering urge to travel. She also fell out of a fast-moving vehicle and, rather inconveniently, developed a lifelong aversion to cars. Along came her first bicycle, and she has never looked back. Four continents, thirty-six countries and eighty thousand miles worth of astounding adventures, eccentric characters, varied cultures ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 10th 1993 by Sphere (first published August 13th 1992)
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Jukka
The Wind in My Wheels - Josie Dew
Still more biking adventure. I listed Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy earlier. Here's three more women bike trek authors.
Josie Dew is crazy. On a whim she boards a ferry and bikes around Iceland -- just one of several treks she writes about in this book. Josie can find the funny part of just about anything, and while her writing is not as polished as Dervla's (of whom she drops by for a visit) this is still a fascinating and inspiring read. Josie also has books about
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Sarah Stackman
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book in all the world. Have read it an embarrassingly large number of times since I first picked it up at 14 and it's travelled with me to 12 countries and throughout the Aussie outback in a motorbike pannier.
She's been my inspiration for a life of adventure, I'm now an adventure photographer and a lot of having the courage to get here has come from her.
Plus she's hilarious.

Her later books are a bit long winded and haven't quite got the same freshness to them. I'd recommend
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Martinxo
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, travel
I really enjoyed this book, it's very hard not to warm to Josie Dew, her lust for life and sense of adventure is infectious and makes me want to fix up my bike and set off across mainland Europe to Siberian plains, or something similar.
Rowena C.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: armchair-travel
This gal is CRAZY, but I wouldn't have enjoyed the book much if she were any other way. At times I felt things were over-embellished for a good shock to the reader, but on the whole, I loved it from beginning to end. If you don't mind TMI (potty issues), gross situations (filthy camping environments), a dangerous situation (made me sick to my stomach), and a bit of a ramble (never a dull moment even with herself), have a go at this entertaining armchair travel.
Sophie Rhodes-martin
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a woman! Reading Jose's stories make me want to get on my bike and just cycle into the sunset! I liked the quirky illustrations/ maps and the way she used so much humour in her stories that made them so easy and fun to read. I think she broached moral issues tactfully and avoided becoming lecturing but was also able to advocate for things she is clearly passionate for, in a way that was sensitive, interesting and persuasive! Escapism and inspiration in equal measure.
Rachel
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
So disappointed that the book ended on such a low.
Kate
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not as funny as the writer would have liked.

Her adventurousness is inspiring nevertheless. And has some interest as as a snapshot of different countries in the eighties.
Colleen
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME, biking across the world. MAKES you wanna pack up your bike and GO
Avano
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this woman and her enthusiastic and open-minded approach to cycling adventures, new countries and cultures, and everything that comes with it. Her tales of travel are inspiring and infectious, and well describe the liberty that one finds if they change their rushed way of the automobile for the slow but rewarding way of the bicycle. Having cycled my fair share of treks as well, this book is both a familiar and inspiring read of what you can achieve when you let go of your plans and just ...more
Oanh
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cycling, read-2010
Another enjoyable cycle-logue by Josie Dew (actually her first, but my second of hers). I liked this much more than Slow Coast Home (though I enjoyed that too). This is a collection of stories about her early cycle tours - around Europe, around the British Isles, to (and around) Morocco and in Eastern Europe. It ends with a harrowing, but heartening, tale of a close encounter in Bulgaria - referenced in her other works so good to know the whole story now.

The thing I like most about Josie Dew's
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Wayne Jordaan
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie Dew is a pocket dynamo, not the type that converts kinetic energy into electricity from the bicycle wheel, but the one that actually drives the wheel in the first place. A mostly solo cyclist , she actually prefers to do without the company, she relates her adventures in a highly-entertaining fashion. Travelling on her own she opens herself to unwanted attention (from the male of the species), but far from "tut-tutting" and "she is looking for it" I am filled with admiration for her ...more
Francisca Prieto
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Li isto há uns anos. É de uma inglesa maluca que anda pelo mundo fora de bicicleta. De rebolar a rir.
Muita pena por a tradução portugesa ser francamente manhosa, ao ponto de irritar.
T100martin
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Made my legs ache just reading it!
Richard
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring!
Andy
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-lit
I like travel books that involve travel and bikes of the pedal variety this is one of the better. I read most of her books all good.
Tariq
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Dew knows how to tell a good story, and her first book gives you little snippets of lots of different cycling adventures.

Just a little repetitive at times.
Laird Dinsmore
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Chatty little read .... and my kinda girl.
John
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
A compilation of a number of Josie Dew's cycling tales from around the world.
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