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Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World
     

Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World

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by Ewan McGregor
 

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It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and

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It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. 'Charley,' he said. 'I think you ought to come over for dinner...'
From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.
And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

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It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor -- actor and self-confessed bike nut -- noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. "Charley," he said. "I think you ought to come over for dinner..."

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tires of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.

And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures -- a fascinating, frank, and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

Publishers Weekly
Actors McGregor (Moulin Rouge; The Phantom Menace) and Boorman (Deliverance; Hope and Glory) left London by motorbike in April 2004, heading east. They traveled across Europe and Asia, flew over the Pacific and continued across North America to New York, all in four months. This travelogue of the adventure is a small miracle of persistence and speed, since McGregor and Boorman finished their trip mere months ago, and though in some places the rush job shows, it's readable and entertaining, told in the actors' alternating voices. Western Europe and North America, with their good roads and English speakers, held few surprises, but eastern Europe and Asia-the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia-were a moment-by-moment challenge, even with the authors riding top-of-the-line BMW cycles. Roads in the former Soviet nations were the biggest and most consistent obstacles, sometimes in such poor shape that the authors' progress slowed to less than 20 miles a day (and this on a 20,000-mile trip). People were another hurdle, from the Kalashnikov-toting coalminers of eastern Ukraine to the ever-present Kazakh police. But the riders met many others, like second-generation Chernobyl victims and street children in Ulaanbaatar, who make Mongolia's isolation palpable. Working under tight deadlines, the duo had little time or space for reflection, and the account often reads like the description of a race. The trip was an accomplishment, nevertheless, and, in its immediacy, so is this book. Maps, photos. Agent, Scott Waxman. (Nov. 2) Forecast: This will get a boost from the airing of a six-hour TV documentary of the trip that premiered on Bravo on October 28, and the authors' star quality ensures plenty of media coverage. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A small miracle of persistence and speed...readable and entertaining."
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416507611
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
326,041
File size:
737 KB

Meet the Author

Ewan McGregor was born in Perthshire in 1971. An actor who has appeared in more than thirty films -- Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Moulin Rouge, and the second Star Wars trilogy among them -- he rides an MV Augusta F4S and a KTM Duke. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Charley Boorman was born in England, grew up in Ireland, and currently lives in London with his family. An actor whose first starring role was in Deliverance, he met his costar Ewan while shooting The Serpent's Kiss. He rides a Ducati 748 and is preparing for the2006 Paris -- Dakar rally, if his wife lets him

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Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
tsorgatz More than 1 year ago
Great book well written quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Driving motorcycles from London clear around the world looks like fun. One finds out in the book it is fun, hard and fascinating. You can follow the many adventures of these two through their words and memories. It is amazing to see the roads (or lack of them) they took and the people they met. Check out some of the food they ate too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their adventure will inspire others to pursue their own dreams. The best part of Ewan and Charlie's adventure was sharing it with us, not only in book form but in film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good read of a marvelous trip. Really enjoyed the inside view of countries I've never visited before and likely never will. Fun and insightful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. Great adventure. Ewan and Charlie were inspiring. Opening their hearts and thoughts on a journey few men would venture. I couldn't put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent read...one of my favorites...their understanding of the spirit of the journey is inspiring...as the journey and book ends I find myself wanting to stay on the road..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Motorcycles and reading other peoples diaries about their Great Adventure then this is the book for you. If not look for something else. The movie/documentary is better (when's the last time you heard that?). I do love motorcycles and travel so I plowed through it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
How these two self absorbed actors manage to turn such a fantastic adventure into such a dull read is incredible. I found it difficult to pick-up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my brother-in-law, but ended up taking it back before ever giving it to him. As I glanced through the book, I saw numerous amounts of vulgar language, which was such a disappointment. I would not recommend this book for that reason.
Guest More than 1 year ago
2 narcistic self centered whiney actors needing an entire support crew to complete a journey that thousands of others have done solo.