Miles from Nowhere: A Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure

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This is the delightful and often humorous story of an around-the-world bicycle trip taken by two young people, Barbara and Larry Savage.

It took them two years and 25 countries. Along the way, these neophyte cyclists encountered warm-hearted strangers, bicycle-hating drivers, rock-throwing Egyptians, over-protective Thai policemen, and great personal joys.

They returned to a new life in Santa Barbara, one Barbara never lived to savor. She was ...

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Overview

This is the delightful and often humorous story of an around-the-world bicycle trip taken by two young people, Barbara and Larry Savage.

It took them two years and 25 countries. Along the way, these neophyte cyclists encountered warm-hearted strangers, bicycle-hating drivers, rock-throwing Egyptians, over-protective Thai policemen, and great personal joys.

They returned to a new life in Santa Barbara, one Barbara never lived to savor. She was killed in a street accident, Barbara and her bicycle vs. a truck. We are lucky to have this memoir, throughout which her vitality, warmth and compassion glow.

Slightly edited for radio presentation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898861099
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985
  • Series: Barbara Savage Award Bks.
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 617,437
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    A Must for any traveler

    If you have traveled via a back pack, you will relate...laugh and cry. This book hit home. I have traveled solo and with a girlfriend; this book is dead on! Any type of traveler should enjoy this book about a couple who share their fears, thoughts,happiness and life while on the road. You see them grow closer as their trip winds down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Worlds of Fun and Adventure

    This is a FUN book to read for just about anyone, but if you're looking for something to do before settling down, or if you're thinking about looking for some adventure on your bike, it's a great book. The author does an excellent job of conveying the difficulties and the rewards of an around-the-world (in a hit-and-miss sort of way) bike tour over the course of almost two years. The only regrettable part of this book is that the author was probably forced by a dried-out editor to skip big chunks of the trip that may have warranted a chapter or more. For example, if you're interested in bike touring in Ireland, the author and her husband did it, but they don't say much about it except that the 'friendly Irish' always bought them beer and that they always wobbled for a couple of miles after stopping in Ireland. There's not much about cycling in Central Europe (we're talking France, Germany and Switzerland). I have the feeling the book could have been at least twice as long as it is, and I'd have been very happy if it were. And I wish there were more photos. Still, I'm delighted to have read it, and I highly recommend it to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000

    Radical Sabbatical

    Imagine taking a two-year sabbatical from work to take a trip around the world by bicycle! That's exactly what this married couple did. Greater than their fear of the unknown was their fear that someday they'd look back on their lives and regret settling into the nine-to-five grind with the kids and the house in the suburbs, without ever experiencing real adventure. And adventure they found. As someone who is planning a bike/camping tour myself (although not around the world--yet!), I enjoyed this book immensely. I was inspired by the courage, strength and self-sufficiency that this couple displayed. This is a good read for anyone interested in bike touring or adventure travel.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Wonderful travelogue with a sad legacy

    A true life, fish-out-of-water travelogue. In the late 1970's, a young idealistic couple decide to ride 'round the world on bicycles, having done little riding ever before. With cycling and camping equipment that would now be considered low-tech at best, they spend two years on their journey, getting far more than they bargained for. They encounter the best, as well as the worst of some of the countries and cultures they travel through. The author, Barbara Savage, and her husband Larry soldier on, always bargaining in good faith with destiny, and always seeming to accept the various miseries inflicted upon them by harsh weather, mechanical breakdowns, intestinal maladies, petty third world bureaucrats, and murderous motorists. It's a great read for anyone who has ever toyed with the idea of a long, self-contained cycling trip to wherever. Quite well-written, with plenty of humor and pathos. This was a promising young writer, but sadly, the author was killed in 1983 as this book was first going to press. Ironically, she died of a head injury from a cycling accident in her home town area. This was before helmets were considered a must for all riders. One can't help but notice that, in the book's photos of their trip, Barbara and Larry had circled the globe without helmets.

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