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    book recommendations?

    Hi folks-- (newbie here)
    Can anyone recommend good books/travelogues on touring? I've found a few on-line travelogues, but would really like to read some top notch books (especially with good humor).
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    Here you go:

    Hurt City by Bob Voiland
    Over the Hills by David Lamb
    Freewheelih' by Richard Lovett
    A Crossing by Brian Newhouse
    Roll Around Heaven All Day by Stan Purdum
    Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
    A Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe
    Bicycling Across America by David Heston Fenimore
    Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America? by John Seigel Boettner
    We Passed This Way by Dick Swinnerton.

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    Metal Cowboy, I forget the authors name

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    I read "Cold beer and crocodiles" but I dodn't remember the author's name.

    It's about a guy who rides around australia. The writer is pretty good, but I was hoping for something a little more like Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintence, except with the tour being on a bike instead of a motorcycle. After reading cold beer and crocodiles, I read Zen agian...that's a great book.

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    *Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage*

    Recently finished reading this. It's fantastic.

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    Josie Dew - Wind in my Wheels

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    Cold Beer and Crocodiles is by Roff Smith and published by National Geographic. I really enjoyed it. Not quite as good is Cycling the Silk Road by Brady Fotheringham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb
    Metal Cowboy, I forget the authors name
    That one's by Joe Kurmaskie. I'll be finishing that one today. I've found it to be entertaining but not that informative. The story about running across the Elvis impersonators was enough reason to consider touring.
    Though I'm not sure what I would expect to find in an all informative book. It seems like it would boil down to a list of essentials, which might change from rider to rider or subject to change for locations. Still, I too would be interested in such a read if some of you could help narrow down the selections for us.

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    Yes, Miles From Nowhere definitely. Also, Over the Hills (mentioned above) is quite good.

    A non-biking road book, Blue Highways, by William Least Heat-Moon, is also to be recommended. He ambles about the country in a simply-appointed van, and his musings and the people he meets are good lessons in how to go.
    An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. - G. K. Chesterton

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    I really enjoyed Neil Anderson's books myself. Both are reviewed at the links below.

    http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Boo...tVeeredOff.htm
    http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Boo...rimeReview.htm

    Bernie Howgate writes some great books as well:

    http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Boo...wfieOrBust.htm

    If you are looking for a book that talks about the Touring Gear and stuff you might want to check out the The Essential Touring Cyclist by Richard Lovett.

    http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Boo...ingCyclist.htm

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    I'm going to put in my usual plug for Miles from Nowhere and add that I actually met the Savages whilst they were on their tour in April 1980 in New Zealand. I guess they were underwhelmed by my presence as I never made it into the book...

    Okay, thats my 15 seconds of near fame.

    Ooops that should be 1980 not 2000. Brain weevils.
    Last edited by skookum; 05-25-05 at 06:23 PM. Reason: fixed mistake

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    Try the following (I liked it a lot):

    Magnouloux, Bernard
    Travels with Rosinante; 5 years cycling around the world.
    London, Grafton, 1990. ISBN 0-856-20828-3

    "...this marvellousy racy account of his five-year bicycle ride around the world that took him through 45 countries, 77.000 cycled km's, 267 tyres and 199 punctures..."


    And for pointers to additional books of traveling around the world by bicycle, try:

    http://www.cyclingaroundtheworld.nl/index.asp

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    Here's another, I havn't read it but i'm going to go see him talk about his journey on thursday at the Saratoga REI.
    Odysseus’ Last Stand: Chronicles of a Bicycle Nomad by Dave Stamboulis

    Here's the link to the info about the talk for anyone who's interested. http://community.rei.com/bin/jobseve...ardtype=events

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    I suggest you take a look at this message thread. Books on Cycling.

    Since my entry then I've acquired several books to add to the list, but have yet to update my list.
    Hopefully I will get a round tuit.

    enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewbert
    Hi folks-- (newbie here)
    Can anyone recommend good books/travelogues on touring? I've found a few on-line travelogues, but would really like to read some top notch books (especially with good humor).
    Thanks in advance.
    Dewbert
    Apologies for the selfish promotion but our travelogue account of riding around Australia can be found and bought online. http://www.geocities.com/andrewhooke...leTouring.html Not too sure about the humor though
    Regards
    Andrew & Joanne

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    Time to update the list! Here are some new books to my bicycle touring collection. Let me know if you want additional information on any of them.

    Wells Horton
    wellsmarsha@frontiernet.net


    Just the Two of Us; A Cycling Journey Across America; Norton, Melissa; 2001

    Cycling Into Your Soul; A Journey out into the worold and down into the soul; Archibald, Marg; date?

    The First Big Ride; A Woman’s Journey; Hanner, Eloise; 2000

    A Bicyle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas; Being a true account of a bike adventure from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego; Hawkins, George J.; 2000

    World Ride; Going the extrea mile against cancer; Drorbaugh, Richard; 1995

    The Lead goat Veered Off; A Bicycling Adventure on Sardinia; Anderson, Neil; 2000

    Pilgrim on a Bicycle; Coast to coast in search of community; Johnson, Barbara Mary; 1982

    On the Trail of Marco Polo; Along the Silk Road by bicycle; Fotheringham, Brady; 2000

    Around the World On a Bicycle; Stevens, Thomas; 2001 (originally published in1887)



    These I have listed in the forum in the past:

    Two Wheels North; Bicycling the West Coast in 1909; Gibb, Evelyn McDaniel; 2000

    2 Wheels 2 Years & 3 Continents; A Bicyclist’s Dream Fulfilled; Galen, Ralph W.;1977

    Cold Beer and Crocodiles; A Bicycle Journey into Australia; Smith, Roff; 2000

    A Bike Ride;12,000 miles around the world; Mustoe, Anne;1992

    The Adventure of Two Lifetimes; Goetz, Pegy Newland and Brian Goetz;2001

    Computing Across America; The Bicycle Odyssey of a High-Tech Nomad;Roberts, Steven K.;1988

    Metal Cowboy; Tales from the road less pedaled;Kurmaskie, Joe;1999

    Where the Pavement Ends; One Woman’s Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & Vietnam;Warmbrunn, Erika;2001

    Spokesongs; Bicycle Adventures on Three Continents;Weir, Willie;1997

    The Trail to Titicaca; A journey through South America;Attlee, Rupert;1999

    Following the Sun; A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides;Mitchell, John Hanson;2002

    A Crossing;A Cyclist’s Journey Home; Newhouse, Brian;1998

    Riding the Desert Trail; By bicycle to the source of the Nile;Selby, Bettina;1988

    Cycling Adventures of Coconut Head; A North American Odyssey;Schredd, Ted;1996

    Against the Wind; A Maine to Alaska Bicycling Adventure;Basch, Marty;1995

    Free-Wheelin’; A Solo Journey Across Ameerica;Lovett, Richard A.;1992

    Africa Trek; A Journey by Bicycle through Africa;Buettner, Dan;1997

    The Impossible Ride; The Story of the First Bicycle Ride across the Amazon Jungle;Sutherland, Louise;1982

    Over the Hills; Lamb, David;1996

    Stealing from a Deep Place; Travels in Southeastern Europe;Hall, Brian;1988

    Pedaling the Ends of the Earth; Four young me come of age in a great bicycling adventure stretching from Spain to Japan;Duncan, David;1985

    Himalayan Passage; Seven months in the high courtry of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, and Pakistan;Schmidt, Jeremy;1991

    Short Summer in South America; Sanders, Nick;1989

    Hurt City;;Voiland, Bob;1994

    Cycling to XIAN and other excursions; Travels by bicycle through China & Tibet;Buckley, Michael;1988

    Seeing Myself Seeing the World; A Woman’s Journey Around the World on a Bicycle;Vantress, Sally;1990

    Changing Gears; Bicycling America’s Perimeter;Schnell, Jane;1990

    Round Ireland in Low Gear; Newby, Eric;1987

    Lone Traveller; One Woman, Two Wheels and the World; Mustoe, Anne;1998

    The Masked Rider; Cycling in West Africa;Peart, Neil;1996

    Travels in a Strange State; Cycling across the USA;Dew, Josie;1994

    We’re Outta Here!; How to plan and take the trip of your dreams;Wooten, David;1997

    Three Men on a Bike; A Journey through Africa;Spowers, Rory;1995

    The World up Close; A cyclist’s Adventures on Five Continents;Nasr, Kameel B.;1990

    Six Years After D-DAY; Cycling through Europe;Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett;1995

    Ride with the Wind; The Adventures of a Grandmother who Bicycled around the World;Hamlin, Charlotte;1997

    Roll Around Heaven All Day; A Piecemeal Journey Across America by Bicycle;Purdum, Stan;1997

    The Long Ride; Sumner, Lloyd; 1978

    Two Wheels around New Zealand; A bicycle journey on Friendly Roads;Bischke, Scott;1989

    The Road of Dreams; A Two-Year Bicycling and Hiking Adventure around the World;Junek, Bruce B.;1991

    Ironhourse Rider; A Coast to Coast Bicycle Odyssey;Turner, Bo;1996

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    Two of my favorites are from the 19th century

    The Wonderful Ride by George Loher, Harper and Row, 1978

    Wheels of Chance by H.G. Wells, Breakaway Books. Very funny fictional account of touring by THE H.G. Wells

    And for on-line content there is always http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/. Lots of good stuff there. I'm told that one guy's stuff is really funny but I know the author personally and I think his stuff is dreck
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

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    My favourite bicycle touring book is "Full Tilt" by Dervla Murphy.

    Sudipto

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