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An updated edition including new color photographs and a new afterword looking back at the journeyAlastair Humphreys’ around-the-world journey of 46,000 miles was an old-fashioned adventure: long, lonely, low-budget, and spontaneous. Cycling across five continents and sailing over the oceans, his ride took four years to complete, on a tiny budget of hoarded student loans. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Eye Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shane
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having followed Alastair's blog and videos for some time I decided to read the books. I wasn't disappointed! He has a great writing style and I found it easy to keep turning pages. I've already started on the next one too! ...more
Paul
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Harbouring a desire to ride round the world Alastair Humphreys had saved and planned it for ages, and at the age of 24 he was ready to leave. Or was he? Huge doubts had set in and he was worrying about all sorts of things, but he took the plunge and set off to the continent. As the days passed through Europe, confidence grew and after a couple of weeks cycling he was approaching Istanbul, and the prospect of leaving Europe and moving into Asia. Then the September 11th attacks happened. This chan ...more
Joseph
This is a fantastic account of a journey Alastair Humphreys took from England, through Europe, and then on through Africa to Cape Town. It's not an encyclopedic account of his travels, but a rather fast paced clip of his ride, with impressions and his own personal struggles and fears. I found it hard to put down because it was very compelling for me.

The only problem is the book itself. There are a number of places where sentences run together, due to the digital printing process perhaps, or slop
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Kelly
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call me fickle.

Before I started reading this book, I was certain that I would be excited to read the sequel.

I ended up getting through about 75% of it before I started skimming hardcore -- I read about 10 words a page, racing to the end as though there would be a prize waiting for me for flipping through the pages!

I didn't like how this privileged white man acted as though he was doing something brave and arduous for which he deserved attention and applause when really, he was taking a gap yea
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Claire Cullingworth
Does what the title suggests - the author spent 4 years cycling round the world, and wrote a book to tell of his adventures. It's a cracking good read that gives a vivid picture of the many different countries he cycled through and the people he met, as well as being laced with his musings on the state of our world, and the emotional and physical toll of such an intense experience. ...more
Emma K.
not amazingly well written, but a very interesting story about a guy biking from London through the Middle east and Africa down to Cape Town
Gina
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m taking a break before reading part 2 but I really liked it. It’s kind of apt for this stage of my life; Alastair Humphreys is relatable to me. He’s honest and open about his struggles, how he’s persisting with this dream even as he’s doubting who he is and who he wants to be. He’s making the journey hard for himself, self-imposing restrictions, and trying to do the impossible and facing his fears just to prove to himself what he can do, trying new things without the benefit of a role model w ...more
Matt Whitby
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He hit a cow with a catapult. Screw him.
Sarvesh Mathi
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Douglas Coupland’s Generation X asks: ‘What one moment for you defines what it’s like to be alive on this planet? What’s your takeaway?’ I began because England was too easy. The days were not full enough, and the nights were not full enough, and life slipped by like a field mouse not shaking the grass.” I wanted something that I did not know that I was capable of. I would never know unless I tried. I wanted unpredictability. I wanted to demand more of myself than I could demand from others. I ...more
Liam Proven
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Review p1/2]

I bought this new, after acquiring the second volume of Alastair Humphreys' travelogue for nothing from Bookmooch some year ago and despairing of ever getting the first part. I read both together, but I can't do a joint review.

Humphreys writes a strange travelogue, but a damned good one. He cycled round the world, solo, in his early 20s, taking over four years, on a budget of nothing but his hoarded £7000 of student grant. He did little in the way of preparation – he chose his route
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Astratow
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angielskie, podr-e
It's a good read, despite small size it says a lot. I miss a technical issues, Al never says this or that broke, just after long time there is next to nothing working within his machine... I would like to trace the way it wears. But probably it was not so important and instead we have dramatic descriptions of authors urges to call his girlfriend who he decided to dump for a sake of the trip (this is more complicated, I am being sarcastic here). I suppose some pictures would improve the book, wel ...more
Dave
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fun easy read which will inspire any would-be adventure travellers. Alastair is a likeable, genuine character and writes with much skill. I read the kindle version which appears to be published by Eye Books rather than self published as the earlier reviews seem to indicate the paperback was. However, it still lacks polish, and the frequency of punctuation mistakes and typos was a little infuriating, could do with another edit. This isn't reason enough not to read it however. ...more
Gonçalo Peres
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best cycle-touring book I've read so far. Well written, great stories and metaphysical thoughts, nice character evolution, nice rhythm, never fading adventures. Loved it! ...more
Michael Halliday
I think I picked this book up on the recommendation of someone I know rather than just seeing the title and thinking "I should read this!". And it lingered in my ever growing collection of ecclectic books. I started reading Alastair's Shouting From The Shed newsletters and listening to his Living Adventurously podcasts, all the time with this book in the back of my mind. Covid-19 came with it's lockdown, combined with a shoulder injury limiting my own physical activity - eventually I found the t ...more
White
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Alastair Humphreys, i dote on his public talks. I'll never get tired of this journey he went on as a 24 year-old, it's one of my biggest inspirations. I even like his narrative style very much, he's got such a light-hearted and humorous way to present a feat that is actually terrifying, grueling and epic.

My rating is actually 4.5, rather than 5. I wanted to read more about the actual riding and the personal experience, rather than big-picture views of the socioeconomics and politics of t
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Mr P G Brand
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this an enjoyable read and it made me want to do a cycle tour. I'm a fairly keen cyclist but have never really done any touring - the advantage of reading somebody else's account is that you don't get wet, cold, tired, uncomfortable or have to abandon one's wife and children while you do it :) The book was written by the author about a long distance cycle ride he did in his mid-20s. I thought it was well written and included quite a bit about his emotions during the journey. I think this ...more
Ed
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The guy's adventure is really amazing, I wish he spent more time talking about what made it so unique - the cycling element, and the camping between cities. What he has to say on the cities he goes through doesn't stand up to comparison with writing from out and out travel writers; in fact, on occasion the prose here comes across painfully like a sixth former's school essay.

However, it's an interesting and entertaining read, and his low key reflections on the countries he passes through can mak
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Judith Schuepfer-Griffin
I love Al's books! Being a writer myself but travelling mostly inside my own mind, I love reading books about people adventuring in the outer world. What is so special about Al is his honesty, his authenticity and vulnerability. He always seems to be at a bit of a loss as to why he's is doing it; why he is exposing himself to the hardship of it all. It's as if there was a force within himself that just drags him along, as if he didn't have much say in it... Wonderful reading! Thanks Al. ...more
DropOfOcean
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I liked both books of Alastair's cycling around the world but perhaps I had even higher expectations after reading couple of his other books beforehand. It must be extremely tough to summarize such a trip into two books, what to include in and what to leave out. Anyway mad respect for Alastair for completeting such a challenge! ...more
Bennett Reiss
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book. It was truly an amazing journey. No other words are necessary. I finished reading this book and I'm already excited to read part two. This man biked around the world in this first book is his journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I can't wait to read about his journey through the rest of the world. ...more
Chris
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first third or so of his trip through Europe, Middle East and Africa. Wonderful to watch his anxiety slowly fall away and to fall in love what he's doing for itself rather than just as an escape from home. May we all be this brave. ...more
Melissa Kuipers
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome adventure

An awesome adventure portrayed with honesty, humour and perceptiveness. Humphrey’s has mastered the art of storytelling and I look forward to reading more from him.
Mark Quattrocchi
One of my favourite adventure books in this two part journey around the world!
It is what got me into adventure travel and cycle-touring in the first place. Great book for anyone looking to read about a great modern adventure!
Peter Allinson
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional and inspirational read. One of the first books I have read as an adult.
Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
Brilliant! The first in the two-part series on his global round-trip. It really feels like if you are there yourself. Armchair travelling of the first order!
mark watkin
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent
James Taylor
Part 1 of an epic round the world cycle. I should like this book but gunder it really hard to read hence the low score.o
mr james e missin
Another inspirational and honest book from one of my favourite authors
Kevin Grigg
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, an honest and inspiring account of an incredible achievement.
David W.  Berner
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Humphreys is an adventurer, yes, but with the heart of a poet.
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