Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; 1st edition (30 Oct. 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-1903070871

Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm

The Boy Who Biked the World 2

Alastair Humphreys


Tom dreamed of being an adventurer. But people told him he was crazy, so he decided to prove them wrong by cycling round the world! The first book of adventures followed Tom across Europe and through the mysterious landscapes of Africa.

In Part Two, Tom pedals north from the tip of South America up through the Americas towards Alaska. He must contend with deserts, jungles and the massive mountains of the Andes. He meets grizzly bears , fascinating locals, and even a memorable guinea pig. Tom learns about the world, and himself, as he tackles this epic journey.

Based on the author’s personal experiences and with engaging illustrations, maps and handwritten journal entries throughout, this book provides an immersive experience for any young adventurer.


In the Andes

This was one of the most beautiful regions that Tom had ever cycled through. It was wild and free and unfamiliar – the very things that, for Tom, made the most thrilling adventures. Sometimes the road ran through valleys, sometimes it climbed high in the mountains, clinging to the edge of cliffs. The roads didn’t have safety barriers, so if Tom fell off his bike, he would also fall off a massive cliff! It was scary riding, but exciting.




On occasion, Tom could carefully tiptoe across a broken bridge and look down through big holes at the scary drop into the current below. But usually the only option was to take off his shoes and socks, roll up his trousers, and wade through the icy water, gasping at the cold and making a noise that sounded quite a lot like a monkey! When this happened his feet turned blue with cold. It was like an ice-cream brain freeze for his feet, but without the good bit of first enjoying the ice-cream.





Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog and important expedition news.

As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

Alastair's six books for Eye include the highly acclaimed The Boy Who Biked the World trilogy – a series of novels for 9–12-year-olds based on his own real-life adventures, plus Moods of Future Joys, Thunder and Sunshine and Ten Lessons from the Road. He is very well-regarded as a motivational speaker for corporate events and schools.

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