“A challenge that tested Tom to his limit but in return gave him more than he could ever have imagined.”
– Bear Grylls
“This cycling travel book is a real breath of fresh air. From the moment I picked it up and started reading the introductory pages about Tom’s motivation and his approach to the trip and writing about it, I was hooked. The writing is very direct and engaging, it just draws you in, so you feel you are perched on his panniers, looking at the world he travels across not just through his eyes, but almost as if you are there yourself.”
– Amazon Review
“As someone who aspires to make this journey, Tom’s book has inspired me further. His description of the ‘stans’ and the Pamir highway make.me want to grab my bike and set off tomorrow.”
– Amazon Review
In March 2011, I set off from my home to cycle unsupported around the world. On the way, I spent nights in people’s houses all over the world, slept in Yurts, camped with nomads, ate delicious food ranging from Tibetan stew to alligator meat, drunk home-made Georgian wine, was given clothes, partied with Kazakhs on the Caspian Sea ferry, saw photos of USSR soldiers in front of statues of Lenin, saw Stalin’s house the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall. I cycled through sweltering deserts and over huge mountains. I overcame mechanical problems with the help of an Azerbaijani mechanic and illness due to the kindness of a Tajik Pamiri doctor. On the way I cycled with local people and friends, both old and new.
I’ve written this book to share my story and the amazing experiences that I had. It’s not a book full of arty descriptions about beautiful places, it doesn’t have any clever metaphors; it’s just my story. It tells the story of a normal person spending nine months experiencing the world from the saddle of a bike. I’ve included bits of history, observations about people’s daily life, comparisons of countries and my own opinions as my story is told. I only had one rule; I had to make it round the world on a bike: every inch of the way.
I hope you enjoy my story; it will be great to have you along for the
The kindle version also contains colour photographs from my adventure.