Cycling Home from Siberia: 30,000 miles, 3 years, 1 bicycle

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
“ It is late October, and the temperature is already –40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts; and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.”

Having left his job as a high-school geography teacher, Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. Cycling Home from Siberia recounts his epic three-and-a-half-year, 30,000-mile journey back to England via the foreboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone, and Afghanistan’s war-torn Hindu Kush. A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey, providing poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world’s toughest corners.
 

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Well, I enjoyed the travel aspects of it, but after a while he just keeps harping about how important Christianity and his faith is to him, and eventually that turns into how arrogant it is for anyone ... Read full review

Contents

Over Mordor
3
How Will I Die?
6
The Road of Bones
13
The Fateful Quantitative Biology Lecture
17
PART TWO SIBERIAJAPAN
25
One Day in the Life of a Siberian Cyclist
27
Learning Not to Fall
33
The Turnoff of Doom
36
Kokoda
198
Ive Had Enough of This Stupid Bike Ride
204
The Worst City in the World
209
Hong Kongthe Philippines IndonesiaPapua New Guinea
214
PART FIVE AUSTRALIA
215
Cyclone Larry
217
Four Months Later
224
An Uncontrollable Shivering
227

Prayers
40
The Winter Road
45
Learning Not to Sweat at 40C
51
The Budgerigar and the Naked Weatherman
59
Anger Rising
65
Sixtyseven Miles of Snow Sweat and Exhaustion
70
Vodka and the Handgun
75
The Fire
81
Alive
87
Siberia
90
PART THREE
91
Bienvenu au Japon
93
A Fracturing Friendship
99
Alone
105
The Naked Cyclists
110
A Cyclists Revenge
114
The Biggest Church and the Tallest Flagpole
118
Rivers of Jostling Spokes
124
Very Boring with a Lot of French Kissing
131
Mr Bean on the Backroads of China
138
The Boat and the Girl
144
JapanSouth KoreaChina Hong Kong
152
PART FOUR HONG KONGTHE PHILIPPINESINDONESIA PAPUA NEW GUINEA
153
Six Days in the Life of a Siberian Sailor
155
The Street Children of Manila
160
The AlJamar
165
I Dont Mean to Be Negative But
169
Lost
176
The Beach Road and the Rascals
185
The Hungarian and the Jet Ski
189
The Priest Who Dodged Bullets
192
The Nullarbor Plain
230
What Ships Are Made For
235
Australia
238
PART SIX SINGAPOREINDIA
239
A Date in Singapore
241
The Man Who Forgave
244
Chinese Intestines
251
Tire Tracks in the Snow
255
No Longer Alone
259
Trespassers on the Roof of the World
264
The Forbidden Photo
266
The Hobbit House
273
The Highest Capital in the World
280
The Scary Thought
285
The Headwind Highway
288
The Story of the Healed Heart
292
The Land Where Might Is Right
296
Tragic News
300
SingaporeIndia
302
PART SEVEN INDIAENGLAND
303
The Golden Temple
305
The Five Pillars of Islam
308
Persecution in Islamabad
315
To the Point of Tears
319
Fear and Compromise on the Khyber Pass
323
A Short Ride in the Hindu Kush
336
Golden Journey
349
Iranian Police
365
Last Day in the Life of a Siberian Cyclist
383
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About the author (2011)

Born in London in 1976, Rob Lilwall studied geography at Edinburgh University and did his teacher training at Oxford University before teaching geography in an Oxfordshire Secondary School for two years. At the age of 27, that he set off on his three year Cycling Home From Siberia. He also completed a theology diploma at Oxford University. In September 2009 he married Christine Liu.

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