Travel Books – cycle-touring
Try the travel books – cycle-touring stories from around the world – below, for inspiration or to let others do the work! Your choice. For a full list go to:
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.
In ‘A Lake District Grand Tour’, Mike Carden visits all the lakes of Lakeland, pokes into its most distant corners, and cycles over every mountain pass (well, he attempts to). With his twenty-year-old son alongside him on the ride (actually more often ahead of him, disappearing up a hill) and sharing his sense of humour, Mike’s story of The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife and The Scones is proving popular. The Cumbria Magazine: ‘A sense of humour in abundance.’
“This thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of one man’s ‘mid-life crisis’ is England’s answer to Round Ireland with a Fridge, by Tony Hawks – but without the fridge.” Ludlow Advertiser
“Warm, well-observed, unpretentious and very funny.” Adventure Travel Magazine
“Mike’s relaxed and chatty style is never less than entertaining.” Dorset Life
“With almost unquenchable good humour, the author takes on everything that Scotland can throw at him.” Velo Vision cycling magazine
“A nice line in self-deprecating humour.” Stirling Observer
“Witty. A light touch.” Cycle Magazine
With just a bicycle and some savings scrimped and squirelled from a student loan, Alastair Humphreys set off to pedal around the world. With a true storyteller’s flair, Al takes us along to meet the challenges, the obstacles and the wonderful, often warm and generous, people on the way.
Arriving in Cape Town with Rita (his bike), Alastair was a long, long way from his home in Yorkshire. He cycled the length of South and North America, the breadth of Asia and back across Europe, crossing the mountains and salt-flats of South America, canoeing the Five-Finger Rapids of the Yukon River and braving a Siberian Winter with the flimsiest tent.
So what did Al learn as he cycled around the world over four years…?
The epic three and a half year, 30,000 mile journey back to England via the forboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone and Afghanistan’s war-torn Hindu Kush.