Given their almost total lack of organisation (they forget to buy insurance until the day before the trip) it kis amazing they make it to the start. But that, tautologically, is only the beginning. Although they have some planned stops they are mostly reliant on strangers who will (a) give them a bed for the night and (b) provide the milk float with a free charge.
It was a mostly charming book extolling the delights of slow travel. In keeping with their muse, Kieran and Vince lengthily expound their views on the world. They hate supermarkets which is a little churlish given that their float is charged by both Morrison's and Tesco. They also hate Cornwall, monasteries (they get free bed and board in one) and regimented camp sites. They trumpet the green virtues of electric vehicles and deplore cars. They are opinionated but unlike Jerome, their views are rarely humorous.
Nevertheless this book keeps you going because of the eccentricities they meet along the way. January 2013; 276 pages
Other great travel books in this blog:
- The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron: Samarkand etc
- Walking through Europe: A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor and its sequel Between the Woods and the Water
- Walking on the coast (all of it): The Sea on our left by Shally Hunt
- By bike from Lands End to John O'Groats via a lot of pubs: Mud. Sweat and Gears by Ellie Bennett
- Watling Street by John Higgs