Amber, Furs and Cockleshells: Bike Rides with Pilgrims and Merchants

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Virgin, 2005 - Transportation - 234 pages
Vikings, Romans, Viennese Turks, Native Americans, pilgrims, outlaws, football fans, ballerinas, and saints: these myriad wonderful characters populate the pages of Anne Mustoe's fascinating book as she pedals along three very different, but equally evocative, roads--the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Adriatic, the Santa Fe Trail from the Missouri River to New Mexico, and the Pilgrims' Way of St. James from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela. Battling against ferocious winds in Jutland; blizzards in the Rockies; traffic jams of cyclists along the Danube; and menus in Czech, Hungarian, and Basque, Mustoe survives with her usual fortitude and wry humor, even when she is knocked off her bike by a short-sighted nonagenarian in a Fiat Panda. Her warm and accessible style brings to life the history and magic of three fascinating roads--following in the footsteps of merchants and pilgrims.

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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

The three tales here, the Amber Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Pilgrimage Trail, are told in a delightfully balanced way. Mustoe knows plenty of history so there is a lot to learn here about these ... Read full review

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User Review  - janglen - LibraryThing

This covers three cycle rides - the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Adriatic, the Santa Fe Trail and the Pilgrim route from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela. The book is readable and sufficiently ... Read full review



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Anne Mustoe read Classics at Cambridge and was the headmistress of a girls' school in Suffolk until 1987, when she left her job and embarked on her first solo journey around the world by bicycle. She is an established travel writer with a substantial following who lectures regularly on her adventures.

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