This surprisingly informative and hilarious narration leads the reader to one of the most scenic and iconic routes in Great Britain. It’s not just about the cycling and the difficulties though, in fact it’s also about friendship, the well debated man-woman one, and drinking. That’s right, the journey is specifically about beer, good beer. At the end of each chapter we are presented by a summary about how many km they cycled and how many beers they had. There’s even a Beer Index at the end of the book! I think there’s something amazing and sweet about remembering each beer drank during a grueling adventure like that. The pub crawl element of the journey adds a vitality and an unpretentious feel to the book that appeals to the travel style of many adventurer. The narration is very linear and it shows a very fluid intervals of funny and hilarious moments with more serious and emotional extracts.
What I loved about this book is that it presents the adventure of normal people who, like she explains in the first chapter, are ‘rubbish at cycling’. Yet, they embark into this fabulous journey to challenge themselves and to do something extraordinary to match all those unattained goals set in their youths. The phrase ‘seize the moment and do it anyway’ couldn’t fit more. It’s not just about the craziness of the task but also about the enjoyment of the whole experience. Perhaps it’s because of that, that I particularly like this book; it’s never too late to pick up our old dreams and finally make them true. There isn’t even the need to be theatrical about it. It’s just a matter of doing it for the pleasure and the sense of fulfilment given by the completion of something that was in our long bucket list for a long time.