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One Man and His Bike

February 19, 2018 - Comment

One Man and His Bike By Mike Carter. What would happen if you were cycling to the office and just kept on pedalling? Needing a change, Mike Carter did just that. Following the Thames to the sea he embarked on an epic 5,000 mile ride around the entire British coastline – the equivalent of London

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One Man and His Bike By Mike Carter. What would happen if you were cycling to the office and just kept on pedalling? Needing a change, Mike Carter did just that. Following the Thames to the sea he embarked on an epic 5,000 mile ride around the entire British coastline – the equivalent of London to Calcutta.

He encountered drunken priests, drag queens and gnome sanctuaries. He met fellow travellers and people building for a different type of future. He also found a spirit of unbelievable kindness and generosity that convinced him that Britain is anything but broken.

This is the inspiring and very funny tale of the five months Mike spent cycling the byways of the nation.

Paperback 352 pages

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Shai says:

A worthwhile read but could have been much much better. Its like a mild version of Bryson’s writing (both in style and journey), and his book Notes from a Small Island (except, this trip isn’t as much as Bryson’s cop-out, easy trip). There was enough to keep my attention to the end, though it is a somewhat mild account of the trip. The writing is affected a little by the negative state of mind the author gets into after getting half way through Wales. The account before that is quite up-beat and provides more description of the places visited. It…

Sonny Johnson says:

I couldn’t put it down This book is excellent and made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. Having the Guardian journalist slant on cycle-touring is wonderful and results in a very interesting picture of the post financial crisis UK. As a keen cycle-tourer I found his experience accurate and inspiring. As with the author prior to his trip, my picture of cycling in the UK is miserable weather, grumpy camping site staff and busy road filled with angry drivers. Whilst he experienced all of these, he also shines a…

Will C says:

I laughed. I cried. I pondered. I laughed more. I laughed. I cried. I pondered. I laughed more. Absolutely recommend this for any cyclist. Indeed for anyone that wants to hear the story of a solo trip around the UK. Some brilliantly desribed cracking characters and beautifully described scenery.

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