Here are some of my favourites, I have purposefully not included the better known biking books as you undoubtedly know about them already:
1: Anything by Eric Newby.
2: First Overland, by Tim Slessor. A bunch of Oxbridge students drive Landies from London to Singapore, apparently the first to do so in a oner. An interesting picture of the world in the fifties. You may have to be British to fully appreciate the eccentricities of these likeable toffs.
3: An Unexpected Light, by Jason Elliot. A trip in Afghanistan, incredibly knowledgable and very entertaining.
4: Eastern Approaches, Fitzroy MacLean. Pre-war travels in the Stans and relating MacLeans experiences fighting with Tito against the Jerries. Top quality adventure, funny and evocative. A real 'classic'.
5: Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer. Dunno if you'll be able to go here overland, but this books a classic. Relates Harrers' experiences during the War as the Dalai Lamas personal tutor. Also includes his exciting escape from a British Internment camp and perilous trek across Northern India to get to Tibet. Grand.
If I think of any more I'll let you know!
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
Last edited by Matt Cartney; 2 Aug 2006 at 10:56.