Paperback: 306 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (17 Mar. 2011)

ISBN-13: 978-1903070666

Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm

Triumph Around the World

Robbie Marshall

£7.99

This book makes you think that anything is possible.

Robbie Marshall had it all – love, children and a successful business. So why did he trade it all in for the saddle of a Triumph Trophy and an out-of-date world atlas? Robbie knew that if he did not indulge his desire to explore, he would regret it for the rest of his life. After shipping his Triumph motorbike to the United States, Robbie kick-started his life on a journey that would take him across five continents and around the globe. Despite witnessing a gangland execution, sleeping rough and getting imprisoned and mugged, Robbie had the time of his life. Triumph Around the World is one hell of a ride.

Extracts

(New Orleans)

While waiting on the steps of Planet Hollywood (a spectacle uniquely American_ for the heavens to take breath between storms, a very drunk half-French half-Cherokee guy fell over my feet and decided to sit a while to share my beer. Once past the “I’m English” hurdle, he announced to an empty street, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”

“Richard the Third,” I applauded.

“No. King Arthur, my favourite European film.”

It was time to move on.

(Kenya)

“A Masai philosopher said it all after I asked: ‘How far?’‘The road is as long as you want to make it, my friend, every distance has a different length to different people, it just depends on how much you see on the way.’

Never let anyone tell you the road is small – it is huge and out there for the taking.”

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Extracts

(New Orleans)

While waiting on the steps of Planet Hollywood (a spectacle uniquely American_ for the heavens to take breath between storms, a very drunk half-French half-Cherokee guy fell over my feet and decided to sit a while to share my beer. Once past the “I’m English” hurdle, he announced to an empty street, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”

“Richard the Third,” I applauded.

“No. King Arthur, my favourite European film.”

It was time to move on.

(Kenya)

“A Masai philosopher said it all after I asked: ‘How far?’‘The road is as long as you want to make it, my friend, every distance has a different length to different people, it just depends on how much you see on the way.’

Never let anyone tell you the road is small – it is huge and out there for the taking.”

quotes

“Robbie Marshall is a hero: a man who took his lifestyle and shook it upside down, jumped on a bike and took off.” George Shaw

The story is amazing! I could not help but admire his courage, sheer bloody-mindedness and his soul-searching. An insightful travel essay that flowed easily instead of choking on itself like an engine with a carb problem.”

Linda Raven-Moore, author of A Little Twist of Texas

reviews

Wonderful book. One of the best of its genre.

Highly recommended. There are some awful books within the motorcycle travel genre. This is most certainly not one of them. Robbie tells a great story and is very honest. It could have been a lot longer is my only criticism.

Triumph around the world

About to undertake my first tour in August 2014 albeit just to France I have read quite a few similar books. However I feel that this one was closest to how I hope to feel when on the road. The writing is funny and thought provoking with a little sub plot running through it. I highly recommend it. Now where did I put my passport?

Great read

This is a great book for any biker/traveller, it is amazing that someone so unprepared could have survived this trip.Well worth the read and great value.

Interesting read

Interesting to read how such a great trip can be accomplished with so little preparation done with naivety but still accomplished well done that man

Good read

Product arrived on time and all as requested. Good read especially if you have visited these countries. Good investment in time to read this.

Great book, nice guy

Great book, enjoyed it very much.This an Englishman on a British bike, not a yank on a Harley.Would highly recommend.

A read not to be missed

Truly a great read of a guy traveling the world on big bike, makes you think, anything is possible

extras

Triumph Around the World is evidence of a life lived to the max. Robbie’s premature death in 2003 was a cruel blow to those who knew him and loved him for his sense of adventure, compassion, courage, wit and wisdom, all of which shine through on the pages of the book he has left us with. He is greatly missed by all in the Eye Books community.

ABOUT

Robbie Marshall

Like many people today Robbie had spent a large part of his adult life pursuing the material goals he felt pressured to pursue in order to provide for his wife and family.

As a child of the 60’s he had always felt that there was a way of life that offered more than the mundane. His desire to risk all in a bid for knowledge and exploration of our fantastic planet became too much and he left for a 51 week journey around the world.

In 2003 Robbie swapped his life in Brighton for a life in Spain and set up home in Almeria where he wrote articles about bikes and biking. In October 2003 he was involved in an accident on his bike and died three weeks later.

His spirit of adventure lives on and he will be missed by many people who had the fortune of meeting him.

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