Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 Mar. 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-1903070888

Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm

Thunder and Sunshine

Alastair Humphreys

£7.99

“A ferocious challenge.” Sir Ranulph Fiennes

At the age of 24, Alastair Humphreys set off to try to cycle round the world. By the time he arrived back home, four years later, he had ridden 46,000 miles across five continents on a tiny budget of just £7,000.

Thunder and Sunshine is the sequel to the best-selling Moods of Future Joys. Here Alastair sails from Africa to South America, where he rides from the southern tip of Patagonia to northern Alaska. Crossing the Pacific, he cycles into a Siberian winter, carries on through Japan, China and nearing the end of his journey at last, across Asia and Europe towards his home in Yorkshire.

Extracts

Chile

It was a sinking feeling to wake from a sweet dream and realise that, yet again, I had to tear myself away from new friends and security, leave it all, and ride away. My stomach lurched and I screwed my eyes in prayer, or rather, gave a stern talking to myself, before getting out of bed. I loaded my bike and returned to the road after saying another heartfelt thanks to another kind family who had been incredibly generous and welcoming to me, and who I would never be able to repay. Three months into this South American ride, yet the moving on never became any easier.

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Extracts

Chile

It was a sinking feeling to wake from a sweet dream and realise that, yet again, I had to tear myself away from new friends and security, leave it all, and ride away. My stomach lurched and I screwed my eyes in prayer, or rather, gave a stern talking to myself, before getting out of bed. I loaded my bike and returned to the road after saying another heartfelt thanks to another kind family who had been incredibly generous and welcoming to me, and who I would never be able to repay. Three months into this South American ride, yet the moving on never became any easier.

United States border control

“Sir, would you mind coming into the office, please?”

In his office he sat down at his computer on the other side of his desk with a grunt. He tapped at the keys for a few moments, scrutinising the screen in front of him and then asked: “Sir, could you please tell me why you have a visa for Iran in your passport?”

“Well, I thought it sounded like a nice place to bicycle through.”

Rattle, rattle, rattle on the keyboard. “And Sudan, sir? Lebanon? Syria? Pakistan? Colombia?” He didn’t seem convinced that they sounded like nice places to bicycle through. As he grumbled suspiciously I had a brainwave business idea: All those countries are incredible places with such a variety of history, culture, landscapes, food and wonderful inhabitants. There must be a market for ‘Axis-of-Evil Holidays plc’. I had the feeling that the customs guy would not be one of my first clients. He grunted at me a few more times and then handed back my passport. I was on my way

Uzbekistan

At the day’s end I sat by the road. I had a stomach ache from eating too much watermelon, drinking irrigation canal water, 40°C riding and inadvertent sunburn, because the tree I had lain beneath at lunchtime turned out not to have been a 100 percent UV certified tree. Storks stared at me from their scruffy nests, their beaks clattering like castanets as I waited for darkness to fall. In the dusty sunset two young boys in flip-flops and baseball caps stood in their donkey carts and thrashed the poor animals down the road in a wild, excited race, whooping at me as they passed. I raised my watermelon rind in salute.

quotes

“A ferocious challenge.” Ranulph Fiennes

“Humphreys conveys his loneliness, wanderlust, grit and despair in a manner reminiscent of the great British explorers.” THE GUARDIAN

“He undertook the expedition to find out whether he could write. Believe me, he can!” GEOGRAPHICAL

reviews

Not just a list of places passed through... (5* review)

Enjoyed the first book. Good that this follows on (although it stands alone as a book - you don't have to have read the first volume). It is easy to care for the writer, so it’s nice to find out what happened to him next.Once again there is expression of emotion, confidence, doubt etc which is so much better than the boring travelogues of some, who mistakenly think just listing places visited is a story. I hope to read more from this author in the future.

Wonderful Book (5* review)

I'd say this is a must read book for the simple fact that it goes against the grain - no massive back up, expensive equipment or 'fastest, strongest, quickest' just a brilliant understated story. Buy it now!

Even better than the first book! (5* review)

This book continues on from "Moods of Future Joys". I loved both books (read my review for the first book). Also, every person I have borrowed these books to, regardless of whether or not they were outdoorsy, adventurous or sporty themselves, loved them too!If you want a pair of books to get you motivated to help achieve some of those big goals in your life, I'd thoroughly recommend "Moods of Future Joys" and "Thunder and Sunshine".

True adventure (5* review)

This book, Alistair's second volume of his travels by bicycle around the world, along with the first volume are simply outstanding. If you are serious about travelling the world by bicycle then they are mandatory reading. If you prefer the comfort of your sofa or armchair these books will still stir your imagination and curiosity for the world. They are superbly written and compelling reading. Simply brilliant.

A well written, exciting book (5* review)

A must for every bicycle lover involved in 1 to 100,000 miles trip around the block or around the world.It's not a "technical" book but a kind of novel about touring alone, meeting other people and lifestyles.Extremely well written but "friendly": I'm Italian and my English is not so good, but I've been able to understand 95% of the book without a dictionary!

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ABOUT

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 has written five books about his adventures. He is very well-regarded as a motivational speaker for corporate events and schools.

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