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Old 27 Feb 2011
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I have a sense I'm now on the lunatic fringe of things. I want to break that cord with home, when I'm away. I don't want continual contact with the familiar things. Even if I'm only in Inverness I can feel free by doing away with phone, internet, plans, etc. a lot of people seem to be heading towards the commercialisation of touring, and I'm running away from it :-)
I can relate to this, when travelling at home or abroad I never take a mobile phone, I don't have one, computer, sat nav etc, the feeling of detachemnt is quite liberating and enjoyable.
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Be careful though, If you read some of her other books you could find yourself trading the pushbike for a mule...
yeah, I briefly thought about that book but decided against it. I read Anne Mustoe's first book, which I thought was really good; in the spirit of getting of your arse and travelling. but by the second book she'd become a 'travel writer' and the magic/naivety had gone. I'm now only reading the first-born of authors who travel places.

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yeah, I briefly thought about that book but decided against it. I read Anne Mustoe's first book, which I thought was really good; in the spirit of getting of your arse and travelling. but by the second book she'd become a 'travel writer' and the magic/naivety had gone. I'm now only reading the first-born of authors who travel places.

Quite so. Same with Bill Bryson, Ted Simon or Bruce Chatwin... It's a pity actually
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do we go beyond the limits of our little lives.
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Brilliant idea about the bicycle....you may be on the wave of the future. Well done to you.

Can't agree above with Crusty about D. Murphy; she is a very popular writer but also a very poor writer, devoid of any style. She regurgitates local tourist info, and bores us to death with her trivia. She also writes ad nauseam about her kid, who is not in the least interesting.
Sorry if you like her, but there are many thousands of better writers.
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Depends on the traveller

Although I can understand what is being said about travelling at a slower pace and without mobile phones, sat navs and laptops.

I think it completely depends on how you travel in the first place. If you are the type that must plan, record and tick off sites it will always be a point to point, next, next type journey. If your biggest problem in whether to turn left or right at a intersection then you will see all you want too. Some people like to do it and get the t-shirt others like take their time and see what there is to see. I am a bit of both at different times during a ride.

Slowing down would certainly help with this but only if you are open to what you are slowly passing by.
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Hello Aidan!
Interested in hearing your story - any plans to resurrect your bolg?
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Hi Monsieur,
I'm back in Ireland at the moment and staying with friends / family so I haven't had the time to do my planned revamp of the website. Hopefully I'll be exchanging on a property next week and then I'll get to work on the blog and book.

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