Book review: Thunder and Sunshine by Alistair Humphreys

Alistair Humphreys is an English cyclist, adventurer, author and motivational speaker. He is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Thunder and sunshine is the second book in the series, covering his cycle around the world. You can read my review of part 1 ‘Moods of futute joys’ here.

Humphreys began his journey in August 2001 from his Yorkshire home. Passing south through Europe and Africa, he crossed to South America by sea from Cape Town (where book one ends) and proceeded up the west coast of the Americas, crossed from Alaska to Magadan in Russia, Japan then westward across China and Central Asia to return to Europe. (….wiki/Alastair_Humphreys)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Al’s hardships in Russia, where he had to endure cycling through -40C. However, I did find the 1st book more appealing. Possibly due to the fact that I read both books back to back and by the end of the second book I was getting a bit bore. There a are a few typo’s in the kindle version I found mildly annoying, but now I’m just being pedantic.

That said, I still highly recommend this book to any arm chair adventurer. Al must be commended for dedicating four and a half years of his life to achieving his goal of cycling around the world. Al is a gifted writer and paints a very descriptive narrative of his exploits. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.


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