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Old 12-07-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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An AdV kind of book...

From NY Times:

The Real Way Round

By Jonathan Yates

692 color photographs and maps. 224 pages. Veloce Publishing. $59.95.

Libraries are full of reflective, overthought travelogues. If you prefer yours presented with all the cheer of a tall tale told in a pub and put together with the artistic élan of a family Christmas newsletter, you will strike gold with “The Real Way Round.”

No analysis here (“Kyrgyzstan is like the UK’s Lake District on steroids!”), but as we follow Mr. Yates’s journey around the world on his Yamaha Ténéré XT660 motorcycle, it’s hard not to be infected by his enthusiasm for the people and environments he encounters.

As his journey progresses — across Europe, through Asia to Beijing, south to Australia, up through South and Central America (with a side trip to Antarctica) and eventually through the United States to Canada — we’re treated to more reflection and noticeably better photography as Mr. Yates matures as a traveler.
Covering every continent but Africa, Mr. Yates’s running commentary is sprinkled with helpful and up-to-date advice for anyone hoping to replicate his trip. The preface of his book is a useful to-do list, including suggestions on banking while traveling, customs documentation, visas and downloading the bike’s full manual.

Mr. Yates’s best gift to the reader is how easy he makes it all sound — just take a sabbatical, rent out your house, do some paperwork and hit the road. For us repressed bikers among the world’s deskbound multitudes, it’s a hard argument to resist.

Particularly for those inmates who must winterize their rides...

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