Overland to India
What I really liked about Overland to India was the sheer determination of the rider. The description of how he prepared for the trip is a great template for anyone wanting to achieve a goal, travel-wise or not, and I would recommend Overland to India on that basis in addition to it being a travel book. Gordon’s love of his motorcycle shone through too; he often thanks it for getting him to his various destinations along the grueling route and I liked reading about his running repairs. I think these descriptions and how he catalogues daily life on the road will be of interest and use to other motorcyclists. I felt his joy, his euphoria, at being out on the open road. I also felt his exhaustion. When Gordon suffered a crash I could almost feel those bruises and also his fear following an attempted highway robbery. What was also really striking was the generosity, friendliness and humility of many of the people he met along the way, who Gordon describes with real warmth. It’s uplifting to discover that it’s a welcoming world out there. Overland to India is a lesson to all of us who have a dream and want to pursue it. Inspiring. Judith Coyle
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