In Search of Greener Grass

In Search of Greener Grass book cover
Edition year: 2012
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From backpack to bicycle, now on a motorcycle and still on a budget. The author, a compulsive traveller, embarks on a journey east from England with Mongolian intensions. In possession of good sense of direction, a vague sense of balance and no sense of proportion, this particular trip financed by modest winnings from an uncharacteristic appearance on a TV game show. Riding a bargain eBay purchase Kawasaki KLR 650, the author inadvertently discovers and dispels myths and confronts stereotypes of the overland travel community. Travelling solo into places beyond the guide book and relating the experiences to past ones. A daily diary of achievements and mistakes on the road, from over oared to just plain bored, stumbling across the goodness of humanity, making the best of decisions made, reflecting on the alternatives and laughing at himself to relieve the confusion. This is a refreshingly honest, thought provoking, humorous and informative account based on a lifetime of first hand encounters, anecdotes, wisdom and occasional alcohol educed inspiration. Offering an unavoidable wealth of experience which takes the reader with him as the journey twists and turns, feeling the spine shattering impact of the unavoidable bumps and potholes on the road which he hopes will lead to greener grass.

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This is a good book and in many ways it gives an idea of what can be achieved without enormous budgets. The book starts (for me) slowly as Graham likes festivals and it takes him a little while to settle into the journey itself - rather than a Scandinavian concert at the start. However, once he gets going then it goes along nicely. The thing I enjoyed was I felt I was learning about him as we went along together. A bit of a loner, when it suited him, in many ways I could identify with him as his mood went up and down like a yoyo - overland travel is like that and anybody who says differently hasn't done it. He admits to his fears of camping on his own out on the wilds and pulls no punches with his experiences in e.g. Russia (not impressed at all). Some people may well disagree with his view of Russia but he can only write what he experienced, and felt, on his own journey. For that I respect and admire him. I liked it very much once it got going.

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