REAL WAY ROUND


REAL WAY ROUND

JONATHAN YATES    Book Number: 85927    Product format: Hardback

Actor-mates Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman made round-the-world motorcycling fashionable with their Long Way Round TV documentaries, but what is RTW biking really like without brand-new BMWs, spare bikes and factory back-up, a TV crew and catering and no need to bribe your way through border checkpoints? In 2009 Jonathan Yates's employers agreed to allow him a years' unpaid sabbatical, so with bike bought (Yamaha XT660), house rented out and Eurostar ticket in trembling hand, there was no turning back - the adventure was on! This is the story of his trip - one year, one man, one bike, 42,000 miles, six continents, 35 countries and a lifetime's worth of memories. He begins with his invaluable planning section - what to take, what to leave, essential skills, legal niceties and illegal not-so-niceties (aka police and border bribery and corruption), visas and other paperwork for you and your bike. Then we're off! From Blighty into France through Europe to Ukraine and Russia and thence to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China, a particularly excellent chapter involving over 8,000 miles west to southeast. Flight and bike airfreight from Beijing to Bangkok and we're off again - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia (his personal highlight, he spent 40 days and 7,000 miles on the archipelago) before shipping self and bike to Australia. From Darwin in the north he travelled through the "red centre" to Adelaide then Sydney, then a further oceanic crossing to southern Argentina (including a non-biking diversion to Antarctica), and north to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, all the way through Central America to the USA and Canada. Over 700 photos illustrate the trip and his commentary is infectious, ranging from awestruck to furious, as he copes stoically with being ripped off, reacts with childlike enthusiasm to incredible scenery and tells of the amazing people he meets along the way. 224pp, 10" square.
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