Old Man on a Bike by Simon Gandolfi

Old Man on a Bike

bySimon Gandolfi

Kobo ebook | December 19, 2013

Pricing and Purchase Info

$11.99

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

A Septuagenarian Odyssey Simon Gandolfi has never been one to grow old gracefully and following two heart attacks he decides not to rest up, as many might, but to ride the length of Hispanic America on a 125cc motorbike. And why not? His wife may have plenty of reasons why not, but used to the intrepid septuagenarian's determination to complete any plan he comes up with, she shrugs her shoulders and waves him goodbye. At 73 years old, Simon Gandolfi sets off from Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico to embark on a five and a half month journey culminating at 'the end of the world', Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. For Simon this is a journey of discovery. Leaving behind the safety and sanctuary of friends and family, he is truly alone but along the way he meets and talks with rich and poor, old and young, officials and professionals, agricultural and industrial workers. This expertly written travelogue reveals not only the stories of those he meets, and his own, but also that of Latin America, its attitudes to itself, to the USA and the UK in the aftermath of the Iraq war and the realities of the poverty and endemic corruption throughout much of this continent. But whilst guide books often warn of thieves, corrupt police and border officials, Gandolfi writes of the incredible kindness and generosity he encounters, of hope and joy, understanding and new friendships, and ultimately, an old man's refusal to surrender to his years. 'The journey begins tomorrow at 8 a.m with a flight from the UK to Boston. I fly Aer Lingus and have bought and will wear a green shirt and a Clancy Brothers Arran sweater in hope of an upgrade. I will be away from home for many months and I have a long long way to ride. Am I nervous? Yes. Scared? A little.' Simon Gandolfi, 18 April 2006 Outrageously irresponsible and undeniably liberating, Gandolfi's travels will fire the imaginations of every traveller, young or old.

Title:Old Man on a BikeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 19, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007557795

ISBN - 13:9780007557790

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Old Man adventure. This book started me of on my journey for knowledge and motorcycle adventure. Kind of like living vicariuosly through the author. The Book is a easy read not over done, he uses everyday phrases. In addition the Author seems to take you along for the ride. I liked that he really introduces you to the people he meets in the book. The fact that he finds a old pizza bike for sale and is still worth the money with minimal upkeep. So if you are looking for great motorcycle adventure you cant go wrong with this book
Date published: 2016-04-26