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Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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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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!
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
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
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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keshav Raghunathan
Good read. Amazing ride, and does have some good details about his journey. Pretty cool. Interesting to realize how challenging such a ride can be from a safety/security perspective....getting stoned in Africa, and then robbed (at least once?).

Pretty cool inspiration. My first kindle book - from PWC.
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
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
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.
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!
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure to read. Quickly dispels any romantic notions of 'epic adventure' in favor of giving a more raw, genuine take on going against the grain.
✌ Adam Mendez ✌
Having long distance cycled myself, I entered this book with an air of admiration before I'd even read a single word. I've a lot of respect for people who have a dream, and no matter how daring or unimaginable that dream is, they take a stand and do it! Most of us will never have the guts to stumble those steps and are tied down with relationships, emotional connections to people/places and have financial restrictions. This is the story of Alastair Humphreys' epic adventure cycling around the wo ...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.
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!
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.
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!
mr james e missin
Another inspirational and honest book from one of my favourite authors
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
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.
mark watkin
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At the age of 24, Alastair decides his life in England isn't enough. He leaves a decent job, a loving family and girlfriend and his comfort zone to take on a hugely ambitious journey - to cycle around the world.

He leaves his home county of Yorkshire in the summer of 2001 and sets off across the European continent. By the time he is approaching Istanbul, 9/11 has happened and he has to drastically reroute, avoiding Pakistan and Afghanistan. He turns right and heads down through the Arabian penin
Mark Glover
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alistair Humpreys book is one for the everyday adventurer, setting off underprepared, overwhelmed and unsure of his ability we follow Humprey's as he slowly adapts to a journey he had dreamt up but perhaps not thought through. I really enjoyed this book because of the honesty Humphreys displays in his writing, to start with he was no true adventurer and he admits as much, he lets us into the sense of overwhelming fear that must in stalk every journey of its ilk. While his language is not overly ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, inspiring and motivational (although Alastair Humphries does seem to cry regularly!).
Sam Christie
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alastair Humphreys has such a beautiful, fluent style of writing that he could keep a reader entertained with a story that analyses the process of photosynthesis. It goes without saying then, that Humphreys writing about his round-the-world Odyssey makes for quite an enthralling read. This book could quite easily be knocked off in a few hours but it packs a punch for a rather small read. Jam-packed with action, romance, humour and of course, adventure, it gives a real insight into the emotional ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
having just returned from riding 3000 miles in the US, i thought this would be a good thing to read... there are plenty of things i totally recognize and even wrote about myself. foremost, meeting wonderful people and "rough camping" as humphreys calls it (i use the term stealth camping that i heard somewhere). both of those experiences i share very similar emotions.

the one thing, i didn't experience, perhaps because i was not riding around the world and in such impoverished countries, his seve
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago in order to prepare myself for my bike ride across Canada, I read several books by cyclist who had done something similar or in most cases more adventurous. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to read 'Moods Of Future Joys.' Having done so now, I certainly place it at the top of my favourite books on the subject, up there with Ann Mustoe's classics. Nearly three years ago my two sons and I achieved our dream to cycle across Canada coast to coast. Now while I'm planning my ...more
Tom Allen
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that played a large part in prompting me, for better or worse, to hit the road myself for a bicycle journey lasting several years. Even in the current glut of self-published monologues about long and tedious transcontinental rides, it remains a leading example in the genre. A generous amount of thoughtful, relatable introspection makes it compelling reading for those more interested in motivation and getting the most out of life, as well as those into their travel tales and bicy ...more
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A fairly quick read, covering a lot of ground. I was struck by how naive - foolhardy when he went swimming in a lake that he knew was likely full of bilharzia - he could be. However, his optimism makes the book a good read; he notes the problems of the societies, but doesn't dwell on them. I wasn't sure if I'd want to get the second part, but after reading his epilogue, explaining that he did the trip because he wanted to, and self published the book because he felt that was better than no story ...more
David Kroodsma
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-books
I like Alstair, I admire him. He biked around the world using half as much money per day…no less, than I did when I crossed Latin America. He had bad equipment, as shown by his frequent breakdowns of his wheels. I want to only praise him for his accomplishment and for his ability to bike around the world and then sit down and write the book.

Alstair is not a gifted writer. But who is? Why should books be reserved for writers to write?

This book does not deserve five stars. But it gets it anyway
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