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Old 08-30-07, 04:26 AM
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New cycle-touring book to read...

Unleashed in New Zealand some four months ago, Llamas and Empanadas is now available to the rest of the world through the wonderful medium of the internet! Hoorah.
It's a personal account of a 5,500 kilometre bike tour through South America that I made in 2004, visiting Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. I never actually planned to write a book, but when I returned home, sun-blistered and brain-frazzled, I started typing and just couldn't stop.
Writing Llamas and Empanadas turned out to be equally as challenging and satisfying as the cycle-tour it describes. The one notable difference being that I got fatter rather than thinner along the way :-)

Below is a link to the Penguin website where you can read a bit about it.

https://www.penguin.co.nz/afa.asp?idW...&SID=858711552

and you can order it here:

https://www.amazon.ca/Llamas-Empanada...8469337&sr=1-1

And if you want to see more photos from the trip, go here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleanor...7600258178818/

I hope you enjoy reading it,
eleanor meecham
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Cool photos. Just of out curiousity was it hard to get published? Did you add in load of outher stuff about your life to bring it to the genral public hence the penguin liked it more. Just curiouse like I say.
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Hi eleanor

I actually pre-ordered your book from Amazon, but it hasn't shipped yet!

Looking forward to reading it, good luck promoting it, I hope you get rich.

Any more bike trips in the works?
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Your photographs are incredible. I will be ordering your book. Looks like a life-changing trip.
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Old 08-30-07, 02:10 PM
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Cool photos. Just of out curiousity was it hard to get published? Did you add in load of outher stuff about your life to bring it to the genral public hence the penguin liked it more. Just curiouse like I say.
It was surprisingly easy to get it published. I put it down to a great agent who just happens to share my sense of humour (I think that was the initial reason he took me on).
I did, indeed, get persuaded by Penguin to add in some personal stuff, but I think that actually made the story much more complete.
Of course, being a New Zealander helps a lot. To date there are very few cycle-touring books written and published here, so I there was a definate hole in the book market to fill.
That's not to say it's not a good read, of course!
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Originally Posted by skookum
Hi eleanor

I actually pre-ordered your book from Amazon, but it hasn't shipped yet!

Looking forward to reading it, good luck promoting it, I hope you get rich.

Any more bike trips in the works?
Thank you! I somehow doubt it about the getting rich part. If only we could all be equally rewarded for the things we do, eh? Sometimes I wonder if I should train to be a lawyer...
I've just got back from 5 months in Mexico (where I cycled for a few weeks with a Canadian I met on bikeforums!), so I hope to be able to put my head down and write about that at some stage.
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Originally Posted by adamcsmith
Your photographs are incredible. I will be ordering your book. Looks like a life-changing trip.
Thank you. It was certainly a life-enriching trip, and I often think about it fondly. It's very satisfying to be able to share it with others.
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Originally Posted by eleanor
Thank you. It was certainly a life-enriching trip, and I often think about it fondly. It's very satisfying to be able to share it with others.
It said you injured your knee on that trip. This seems to be a common complaint on this forum so how did you manage with your injury? What did you do to recover or is this still a problem?

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I enjoyed your photos a few months back when you originally posted them, and have been hoping the book would become available in the U.S. I will check again.
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
It said you injured your knee on that trip. This seems to be a common complaint on this forum so how did you manage with your injury? What did you do to recover or is this still a problem?

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Well there was no stopping cycling or seeking a trained sports massage therapist. I'm ashamed to say I put a pair of stripy socks on my knees (to keep them warm) and just kept on going. Naturally, rest seemed like the most sensible course of action but I wasn't about to waste a good holiday languishing in my tent. The problem eventually cleared up by itself once I got to warmer climes, and now I always ALWAYS keep my knees warm (ie: covered up) even in the summer. Never had any problems since.
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I can't find your book on amazon.co.uk any ideas for for getting this book in the uk?

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Originally Posted by TheBrick
I can't find your book on amazon.co.uk any ideas for for getting this book in the uk?

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All I can suggest is to get it shipped from Canada. Sorry 'bout that. It might become available on Amazon UK at a later stage, but they don't let me know these things so I couldn't be sure.
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Hey, great to see it published. I remember seeing the images, too, when you originally posted them. I was hoping for an Amazon UK release, but will order it from Canada. Can you tell me, how long did it take to write?
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how long did it take to write?
Two years to write, from tentative start to final proofs handed to publisher. I hope to take a little less time writing the next one!
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I just finished reading this book and I must say I really enjoyed it. It was a great story and so much more than an account of a person riding a bicycle. I really got a feel for the journey that Eleanor was on and I certainly felt like I was there with her. I would recommend this to anyone interested in, not only bicycling over long distances, but experiencing life and what it has to offer in a big and meaningful way. Well done Eleanor.

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Thank you. Blush.
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Eleanor, congratulations on your book. After looking at your amazing Flickr photographs, I'm really looking forward to reading this - but blimey do amazon.ca charge a lot to ship books to the UK! This one's on my christmas list! Best of luck writing the next one :-)
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I just finished this book and can give it two thumbs up. A very enjoyable read that will get you digging out maps and tuning up your bike...
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Congratulations on the book Eleanor and doubly so since it sounds like a really good one. Nancy and I will pick a copy up from Amazon if possible.

If you have a qualifying shot of your loaded bike be sure to send it in to me for The FLT Gallery.

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