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Book Title: Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain|
The author of the book: Anna Hughes
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Reader ratings: 6.9
Edition: Summersdale Publishers
Date of issue: March 12th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781849536875
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 417 KB
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Anna Hughes is a bit of a bicycle nut, she has worked as a mechanic in the past and for the cycling charity Sustrans for a while, but one thing that had been a burning ambition for a while to do was to cycle the 4000 miles around the coast of the UK. An easy decision to make, but this was to be the most challenging thing she had undertaken. Taking some time out from her job, and with a budget of £10 a day, she sets off from Tower Bridge in London. The first day is a bit of an emotional roller coaster, on a high because she is starting, and physically drained because it dawns on her just how hard it is going to be. However, her tenacity means she sticks with it and the routine of eat, sleep and cycle begins to take over.
This is a journey of discovery too; not only does she realise her physical limits, but as Hughes cycles, she encounters the delights of our beautiful coastline. And some of the warts… A lot of the time on her journey she is solo, but at various points she is joined by family members and friends and every now and again, complete strangers for one or more days. Travelling up to 100 miles a day by bike uses a lot of energy, replenished by large portions of fish and chips. Most of the time the weather is kind to her, but every now and again it does its worst and she has several days getting soaked and in Wales struggles through the last couple of days of a hurricane as it hits the UK. There are the obligatory midges in the far north of Scotland, and she damages a tendon at one point, but otherwise her journey is injury free.
This was an enjoyable book to read. Hughes writes in a chatty style, I liked the diary style too with the start and stop place and miles covered for each day that she cycled. She is not afraid to talk about the pain, suffering, the highs and lows and the sheer exhilaration of her journey. Mike Carter undertook the same trip which he wrote about in his book, One Man and His Bike, and even though the must have taken a very similar route and went along the same roads in some places, he had a totally different set of experiences. It goes to show that travel writing is as much about the person undertaking it as the places that they go.
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