The Road Gets Better from Here

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Vivid Publishing, 2008 - Travel - 398 pages
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With virtually no experience and absolutely no support, Adrian rides a basic stock motorbike 20,000kms across nine countries in three months to fulfill a lifelong dream. He sets off from the bleak, windswept former gulag gateway city of Magadan in a remote corner of Siberia, but before the day is out he crashes badley, breaking his bike and seriously injuring himself. He is completely alone. He struggles on through swamps, bogs and mud tracks and nearly drowns in the icy rapids along Stalin's infamous Road of Bones. Although it is summer in Siberia, it is freezing and the driving rain is relentless. When the sun does appear, he is attacked by fierce squadrons of giant mosquitoes and, with wild bears roaming, he cannot stop, often riding for days at a time. Sheer physical strength saves his life on numerous occasions. He battles on deep into central Russia, across the vast Steppes of Kazakhstan and on through the scaring Taklimakan Desert in remote western China. He scales the breathtaking Pamirs and rides across the roof of the world before entering the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Chive. He scurries across oddball Turkmenism, and on across ancient Persia before finally arriving at his destination, exotic Istanbul. At every turn, Adrian is adopted by a vast array of characters, each with stories to tell and who, extraordinarily, expect nothing in return; tough Siberian truck drivers, frontier road workers, border guards desperate villagers, drug-addled soldiers and crazy modern-day traders, each insisting that he join them in their homes to share their lives and most of their provisions. It is these encounters which provide such a rich and compelling subtext to his extraordinary journey.
  

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I just read Adrian's book: it's a great book. Has a little bit of everything: motorbiking, adventure travel, history & culture, and inspiration/motivational. For a novice biker he sure chose a hard core route to cut his teeth on!!
What's interesting is that there's almost no technical details on the bike or on the trip planning. The bike is just the vehicle to transport him and his dream of travelling thru Russia and the Silk Road.
But that's almost refreshing, since many other similar books have a lot of detail about this aspect. It's related to how people take travel photos: most of them feature their motorbike/bicycle/car/kayak in front of some feature. But Adrian's writing style just focuses on the trip itself. He has a website in any case with all the details: http://www.adrianscott.com.au
I highly recommend it. I did a 4 month bike trip thru the East side of Africa, including South Sudan. I read a lot of biker travel books before doing it (and afterwards) and would add this to the list of good reads.
Rubber side down!
Alan Jarvis (WarthogARJ)
 

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Contents

Crash
1
The End of the Road?
21
The Dirty Dozen
47
Big Mamas House
61
Strange Bedfellows
79
Family Feud in Kazakhstan
105
Chinese Walls
129
On the Roof of the World
155
A Tale of Two Sisters
185
A Night at the Opera
211
The Golden Road to Samarkand
235
Mosques Medrassahs and Caravanserai
251
An Uzbek Wedding
273
Into The Twilight Zone
307
Across Persia
347
Storms over the Black Sea
385

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About the author (2008)

Adrian Scott's unusual childhood, due to health problems caused by the Rheumatic Fever epidemic which gripped Australian children in the 1950s, led to an early interest in writing and research. In 2008, after his daughters had left home, he and Penny sold the family home and moved to a retirement village in Caboolture, Queensland, where he cared for his wife until her death in March 2011 from pancreatic cancer. Also in 2008, he switched from writing short stories in the horror genre, several of which have been published locally, to writing novels. To date, Adrian has written over sixty horror novels, and is even now working on the next one. At 65 plus years of age, he sees no end to his career, putting in up to eight hours a day on his novels. He describes himself as 'addicted to writing'. Visit Adrian at: http: //adrianscott.biz

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