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Description - A Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe

When ex-headmistress Anne Mustoe gave up her job, bought a bike and took to the road, she couldn't even mend a puncture. 12,000 miles and 15 months later, she was home. Her epic solo journey took her around the world, through Europe, India, the Far East and the United States. From Thessaloniki to Uttar Pradesh, from Chumphon to Singapore, she faced downpours, blizzards and blistering deserts, political turmoil and amorous waiters - alternated with great kindness from strangers along the way. "A Bike Ride" is the first in the series of Anne Mustoe's successful and inspiring travelogues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780863696503
ISBN-10: 0863696503
Format: Paperback
(194mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Virgin Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 21-May-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - A Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe

UK Kirkus Review » A bike ride round the world is a formidable prospect for anyone; how much more so for a 54-year-old, overweight and unfamiliar with cycling! However, this ex-headteacher tackles the expedition with enthusiasm, tremendous good humour and planning that displays a military precision. Her account of the equipment she packs, her financial arrangements and general planning is a blueprint for anyone thinking of such a trip. Also the bicycle ensures a freedom and camaraderie with other travellers which probably ensures her safety. She takes only two or three weeks off during her 439-day soujourn to spend time along the way with friends, and the trip is no picnic: she suffers burning heat and torrential rain, and the accommodation is basic at best. Nevertheless, she meets some wonderful characters and it is touching how especially the poorest people are willing to share what little they have with her. In every country, from Pakistan to the United States, people are anxious for her safety and go out of their way to help her. Such a journey is not only a physical but a spiritual experience, and the author's humanity shines through. At a cemetery in France, she reflects that each cross was a young life, and 'I stood in the pouring rain and wept.' But the book also has flashes of humour, not least her bemused attempts to deter younger and surprisedly determined suitors. This is a life-affirming book, which will be enjoyed by readers of all ages and fitness levels. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Anne Mustoe

Anne Mustoe read Classics at Cambridge and was the headmistress of a girls' school in Suffolk until 1987, when she left her job and embarked on her first solo journey around the world by bicycle. She is an established travel writer with a substantial following who lectures regularly on her adventures.

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