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Title Way to Go
Author Geoff Hill
Price £8.99


'Geoff Hill has an outstanding writing talent with a wicked sense of fun. For all the hilarious observations and polished one-liners, there is also thoughtful, informative travelogue.' Martyn Lewis, broadcaster. '...a distinctive brand of travel journalism that manages to combine side-splitting hilarity with acuity of observation and a real insight into what makes cultures tick. A joyful and enlightening read.' Julie Shmueli and David Rosenberg, Travelex UK Travel Writing awards. 'He has wonderful views on life, a great turn of phrase and a great sense of humour. His off-beat observations and zany outlook on life are laugh-out-loud funny.' John Mullin, Independent 'Remarkable, astonishing writing.' Jeremy Atiyah, Independent on Sunday.

Way to Go brings together two epic motorcycle journeys, from Delhi to Belfast on a Royal Enfield, and from Chicago to LA on a Harley Davidson. A thoughtful, hilarious, off-beat adventure story by award-winning travel journalist Geoff Hill.'

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I am sorry, but I am going to go against the norm here and say that I was very dissapointed with this book. I am sure that Geoff is a very accomplished writer in his own right but I find professional writers make the worst motorbike adventure authors. The author has to realise that bikers have greasy hands love nuts and bolts type people who want to feel part of the trip and all its adventure not to be given a education in politics and quotations.

Why, they tend to drift off to make comparisons and quotations which bores the pants of me, I feel that all they doing is showing off. Why not just keep to the observations of the countryside and the people and on riding through these countries.
To make it worse he then decided to bundle into the same book his trip down Route 66 which I feel he included just to pad out and expand the existing book. During his trip down Route 66 he often jumped fast forward and missed out content to the point where it became a nonsence. I found it very hard to keep my attention and hard going to finish it.

 

A fun but insightful read

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Scythian Reviewed by Scythian
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Geoff Hill applies a combination of his Irish humour and journalistic experience to share his adventures of buying then riding back to Ireland a Royal Enfield from his starting point in India. Along the way his observations of his experiences and people he meets combine off-beat humour mixed with real insight, especially when he reaches Iran. Sometimes his humour can get forced and tiresome as he feels he needs to add it on every page, so if this is not your style then perhaps it may not be for you.

To enable him to fund part of the journey he follows a rather unusual route towards his choice of sponsors, with connections both in India and Ireland. If you read during a quiet moment or on the road, you will enjoy this book and every bone rattling, bolt loosening (he looses a lot of bolts) mile on the road.

Its two in one - following his journey from Ireland he then succeeds in getting a surprise sponsorship to travel in America. I found it less fresh and insightful than his first journey but those of your contemplating a ride along Route 66 or other parts of America might appreciate his experiences.

 
 
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Geoff Hill
Folks, thanks for the comments on Way to Go. To be honest, I'm very aware that I'm a writer turned biker, and proper bikers might find my adventures a bit tame, and I do tend to read a lot about countries before I travel through them, then combine the child-like joy of getting up in the morning and setting off through them with the adult knowledge of their history and culture. It's not showing off, it's just trying to tell the whole story and weave the strands together of the journey, the people, the places and the history.
Some readers have loved the Delhi to Belfast bit of Way to Go, and some the Route 66 bit, and it was two quite different journeys combined into one book, but the favourite one of readers so far seems to have been The Road to Gobblers Knob, about Chile to Alaska on a Triumph, available on www.amazon.co.uk, if you want to check that out.
Still, all I'm trying to do is write lovely, memorable books, and of course I can't please everyone, but thanks for reading them, and I hope you all got something good out of them.
Next year I'm hoping to recreate the journey of Carl Stearns Clancy, the first person to take a bike around the world in 1912-1913, so watch this space.
All good wishes, and keep the shiny side up,
Geoff Hill
Geoff Hill , February 29, 2012
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Lord Sut
I thought Scythians' review was spot on and Geoff's identified the group I fall into, as I thought Delhi to Belfast was great with Route 66 not quite as engaging. Personally, I love fantastic scenery, but it's far more interesting when you know the story's that go along with it. Keep the history, keep 90% of the humour and keep the tech stuff out. That's what Haynes manuals are for.
Lord Sut , May 18, 2012
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Geoff Hill
Lord Sut, many thanks for that. It's entirely fair to say that the Delhi to Belfast and Route 66 stuff was originally written as two newspaper series with no plans for a book, so bolting them together for Way to Go may have seemed a bit strange.
The Road to Gobblers Knob, which was going to be book from the word go, was much more coherent, since it's one single journey, and seems to be most readers' favourite.
I'll bear in mind your advice on the history, humour and tech stuff for the next one in April through June next year, recreating the journey 100 years ago of Carl Stearns Clancy with former racer Gary Walker on two Triumph Explorers.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorcycle-Adventurer-Stearns-Motorcyclist-1912-1913/dp/1450221416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337340021&sr=8-1

All good wishes,
Geoff
Geoff Hill , May 18, 2012 | url
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Lord Sut
Look forward to reading about the next trip. Good luck.
Lord Sut , May 18, 2012
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Geoff Hill
Cheers! Plan is to start on April Fool's Day next year, which seems appropriate, and we should be blogging on www.adelaideadventures.com, and possibly on Times Online. It'll be a two-page spread in the Irish edition of the Mirror every Saturday, with wrap-up pieces in Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and MCN.
Cheers,
Geoff
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Lord Sut
Thanks for the heads up Geoff, I'll probably follow the blog unless the English Mirror decides to run it too (I do prefer a hard copy)
Lord Sut , May 18, 2012
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Geoff Hill
Sure thing, and of course it'll all be in the book anyway.
Cheers,
Geoff
Geoff Hill , May 19, 2012 | url

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