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Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet

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Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. Das Buch von Mark Beaumont liegt auch noch auf meinem SUB und ich freue mich schon darauf, die beiden zu vergleichen. She’s chasing a goal to be the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world on a bike, and we get the privilege to accompany her on her adventure. One doesn't have to be a cyclist, a fan of the sport or even know anything about a bike to enjoy this book.

In 2018, amateur cyclist Jenny Graham left family and friends behind in Scotland to become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. I’d need to ride 29,000 km – or 18,000 miles – all on my own, over four continents and through 16 countries, and I’d just realised that I didn’t even know the way out of Berlin.

Weniger, als sie sonst an manchen Tagen fährt, aber sie ist sich dessen durchaus bewusst, dass es nicht die Kilometer pro Tag sind, sondern die Tatsache, dass sie diese Kilometer jeden Tag fahren muss, um ihr Ziel zu erreichen.

She recounts the misery of mid-winter in the Southern Hemisphere, alarming encounters with kangaroos, grizzly bears and countless others. Graham helpfully bookmarks each day's ride with total time/kilometers on the bike, start/end points and her sleeping venue. This was one of my "once a year" holiday reads and she had me hooked from the start even though I knew the story!The routes were all saved on my Strava account and in my Dropbox as a back-up, but an issue with the Wi-Fi in the flat meant the routes wouldn’t upload the way they had when I’d practised. The pros and cons of this are conveyed well in the book, as are the strategies and coping mechanisms that Jenny rolled out with, and developed over time. He guided me through the process of putting a pitch together, while the dog and I retreated to a wooden cabin in the remote Highlands to try and work it all out. Told with humility and humour, the grit and determination shines through and you cannot help by being overwhelmed about what an amazing person Jenny is. Tight on time and money, she resorts to fixing her bike on the fly, sleeping on roadsides and often riding through the night to stay on track and complete her mission.

It is against the clock, which doesn't stop until you make it back to your starting point, at least 18,000 miles after that first pedal push. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. We also run a range of projects, groups and programmes across all nations of the UK to encourage people to cycle.It launches next week and Jenny is also doing a book tour, starting on 12th April, with talks (and rides) happening at various locations across the UK. Her stories of the kindness shown by strangers and friends while on her solo endeavor are poignant . What she is attempting is akin to Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler when they summited Everest or Amelia Earhart when she flew across the Atlantic.

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