Mainly by Bike: A Senior Cyclist Tours the World

Mainly by Bike: A Senior Cyclist Tours the World

by Ann Marie Wilson


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At the age of 59, Ann decided that there was no time like the present and gave up her job to cycle round the world. Her first bike was stolen in Bulgaria, she was knocked down by a buffalo cart in India and battled with a parasitic illness in Malaysia. These were some of the challenges she had to deal with, but above all, what stood out for Ann was the depth of human kindness she experienced throughout her travels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999893606
Publisher: Ann Wilson
Publication date: 10/18/2017
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Ann Wilson was born in Barrow in Furness in 1950, the middle child of five and the only girl. She attended Our Lady's Secondary School for girls in Barrow and later studied Science with the Open University. Cycling did not figure prominently in her life until her mid-50s when she completed a ride from Carlisle to Ipswich. This turned out to be the precursor to her round-the-world cycling trip and a lasting love of cycle touring. Since that first long journey she has cycled from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast, Morocco to Paris, Munich to Tblisi, Talinn to Amsterdam and from Houston Texas to the Atlantic and along the coast of Montenegro to Albania Ann has two children, a daughter who lives in her home town of Ulverston and a son who teaches in Japan. Before retiring she worked in the telecommunications industry.

Table of Contents

Part One

“I want to do it!” 1

Departure 5

France - Early mistakes 7

Switzerland – a Wrong Turn 18

Switzerland – Pushing Over the Alps 22

Italy – Sweltering in the Heat 25

Slovenia – Imaginary Wolves 34

Croatia – Missing my Greens 37

Bosnia – A Tussle in Tuzla 39

Serbia – Staying in Room 101 43

Bulgaria – Disaster Strikes 51

Turkey – To The Bosphorus 65

Turkey – The Trans Asia Express 75

Iran – Fulfilled Expectations 86

Iran – “I Am Not a Terrorist!” 93

Part Two

The Saga of a Sickly Cyclist 105

India –The Border Ceremony 107

India –A Runaway Buffalo 117

India –The Holy City 130

India –To Kalkota 134

Singapore –Time for a Haircut 147

Malaysia – A Steady Decline 150

Thailand – Crabby in Krabi 165

Cambodia – An Unexpected Dip 170

Part Three

South Korea –The F.U.N. is back! 181

Japan – 60 Years Young 190

North America – “Hello Bruv” 203

Canada – Chocolate Covered Bacon 218

England – It’s good to be ‘ome 224

Acknowledgements 228

The Author 230

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