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At age 22, Charlie Walker left home in search of adventure. Fleeing the boredom that comes with comfort, he set off on a secondhand bicycle. The aim was simple: to pedal to the furthest point in each of Europe, Asia, and Africa. He didn’t train or plan. He just started. The journey was an escape from an unremarkable existence, a pursuit of hardship, and a chance to shed the complacency of middle England. From the brutality of winter on the Tibetan plateau, to the claustrophobia of the Southeast Asian jungle, the quest provided Charlie with ample opportunity to test his mettle. Ultimately, though, the toughest challenge was entirely unforeseen.

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Fantastic Adventure - Must Read

This is by far the best book I have ever read/listened too. What an adventure across countries and cultures. It is a must read. Charlie’s reading is great, and I cannot wait for book 2 to finish the adventure.

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A travel book with a bit of a difference.

The prologue of this book drops us in Tibet and really draws us in and keeps us on edge. Having an interest in Tibet myself, this immediately captured my attention (although I would think it would have the same effect on someone who doesn't). I will say that most of the book isn't as good as the prologue may lead us to believe, but it's still good.

This book is sometimes descriptive, includes some background historical information but not too much and there is even a bit of romance along the way. Charlie travels half way across the world, noticeably focusing on Iran, India, Tibet and the Far East. He appears to be very spontaneous, a bit reckless and at times naive regarding things such as the amount of food he needs to eat, planning ahead and country's customs. On the other hand, he does come across as your everyday sort of guy who you could easily converse with. Quite a bit of the book seemed to be set in the Far East drinking and the like - more than I expected, but maybe this would make it more appealing to those who have done the same. There were days where Charlie cycled an incredible amount and some of it was a bit gruelling (very cold temperatures, alone in Tibet) but this is what made it such an adventure! I found it quite nice and a bit different to have the romance aspect in it. I do find some travelogues to go in to too much detail regarding history or details about places, others involve a bit too much navel-gazing, some have comedy as a focal point and many are as much about the people met along the way as the travelling and places, or moreso. This book strikes a good balance between them all and I'd say it's a good starting point for someone who hasn't read a travelogue before.  The narration is also good.

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Beautifully written and narrated

A truly candid account of his journey. I would thoroughly recommend.

A mix of adventure, history, and even love - it is a fabulous story and will encourage you to reconnect to what makes up this world and the people in it.

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my type of book

enjoyable coming of age cycle adventure around the world tour.
the type of book that has you rooting for the character and wanting more at the end.

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  • Harry Santa-Olalla
  • 09-04-19

Loved this tale of adventure!

This book made me want to jump on a bike and start peddling - anywhere!

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  • RunsLikeAWelshman
  • 02-04-19

It started out so great...

I was very excited through the first couple of chapters. Young guy embarking on an epic journey with a great, open mindset. Eloquent prose. Is rightfully annoyed with all the things travelers associate with obnoxious white tourists until... he becomes one himself. As soon as he hits SE Asia, the writer just turns into a boozing, entitled, womanizing tourist himself. He should have just called it a day after the Tibetan family saved his sorry ass when he almost died from exposure. Charlie Walker is a very gifted writer, has a great voice/accent, but the story line is one of the most disappointing ones I've ever listened to. I'd say sober up, get a new bike, and try again.

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