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With virtually no experience and absolutely no support, Adrian rides a basic stock motorbike 20,000kms across nine countries in three months to fulfill a lifelong dream. He sets off from the bleak, windswept former gulag gateway city of Magadan in a remote corner of Siberia, but before the day is out he crashes badley, breaking his bike and seriously injuring himself. He is completely alone. He struggles on through swamps, bogs and mud tracks and nearly drowns in the icy rapids along Stalin's infamous Road of Bones. Although it is summer in Siberia, it is freezing and the driving rain is relentless. When the sun does appear, he is attacked by fierce squadrons of giant mosquitoes and, with wild bears roaming, he cannot stop, often riding for days at a time. Sheer physical strength saves his life on numerous occasions. He battles on deep into central Russia, across the vast Steppes of Kazakhstan and on through the scaring Taklimakan Desert in remote western China. He scales the breathtaking Pamirs and rides across the roof of the world before entering the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Chive.He scurries across oddball Turkmenism, and on across ancient Persia before finally arriving at his destination, exotic Istanbul.

At every turn, Adrian is adopted by a vast array of characters, each with stories to tell and who, extraordinarily, expect nothing in return; tough Siberian truck drivers, frontier road workers, border guards desperate villagers, drug-addled soldiers and crazy modern-day traders, each insisting that he join them in their homes to share their lives and most of their provisions. It is these encounters which provide such a rich and compelling subtext to his extraordinary journey.


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HASH(0x9af021f8) von 5 Sternen Good clean fun for the whole family 9. April 2008
Von Roger Mellie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Broschiert
For a first book, Adrian Scotts travelogue is remarkably well written. It takes the reader along with him as he travels from the furthest reaches of Siberia to Europe, Via China and Central Asia. In the wake of rapidly growing global interest in independant travel by motorcycle, Adrian sets off for his first long distance interenational bike adventure with just a few vague ideas about how it may go. On the way he discoveres the real people and real hospitality of people living along his path.

Its a fun read for anyone with an interest in independant travel, an excellent read for anyone with an interest in the the former USSR, and a compulsory read for anyonne contemplating a first major motorcycle adventure.
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HASH(0x9dff581c) von 5 Sternen Fantastic journey, a great book!! 24. März 2008
Von Travel Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Broschiert
For anyone who enjoys one or more of off-the-beaten-track travel, motorcycle riding or following a crazy Australian around, this is a must read book. Adrian is a witty and compelling story teller whose descriptions of the remote places he visited and the characters he met very real and intensely readable.
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HASH(0x9a465d50) von 5 Sternen A gutsy motorcycle adventure by a novice motorcyclist 6. Oktober 2008
Von Dual Sport - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
As this adventure story was written by a fellow Aussie, and the bike used was a pre-2008 KLR650 (I have one), I simply had to get this book. It describes quite an epic and gutsy solo adventure, and I'm sure the author would be the first to agree he couldn't have completed the journey without meeting many wonderful and helpful people along the way. It's a great read, although I found that adjectives were overused in the narrative in a way that grated after a while. Don't expect many pictures, and don't expect much motorcycling tech talk at all. It's basically a great travelogue rather than a motorcycling how-to. Basically his bike is a means to an end (independent transport), not a much-loved machine; however it's still a great read if you understand this context when purchasing. Enjoy!
HASH(0x9aae9eac) von 5 Sternen Great story that revives one's confidence in our fellow man! 21. September 2015
Von KThom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is way more than a "Motorcycle Trip story". I own the same model Motorcycle that he rode, so I thought it would be an interesting read. But it's really not about the motorcycle. Sure, there's some MC related content, but it's more about how a guy can go almost anywhere and get into the lives of the people around him and really get a glimpse of their world. People are incredibly kind to him, which kind of again proves to me that our governments can create wars with the bad guys and politics that drive nations apart, but when it comes down to people to people, it still works!
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HASH(0x9c7c2108) von 5 Sternen Well written but terribly written 20. November 2011
Von Carl Tyrie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I agree with a bunch of previous comments about this travel book. There is an incredible amount of information about international culture and history and some great stories about what perhaps made the journey such a success--the people who were encountered along the way. However, this book may have more misspellings than any other book I've read. I had a tough time doing what Fit Metallica talks about earlier--getting past the obvious dearth of editorial oversight. If Mr. Scott writes something else, I'll proofread it for him for free. Well, perhaps at the risk of putting Amazon out of business, for one free copy of the final product.
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