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Pedaling to Hawaii: A Human-Powered Odyssey

by Stevie Smith

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05 June 2009 - Cinema Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

When will these people learn that to travel alone is usually more comfortable and less stressful (see the next read for an example!). In this travel narrative, Smith pals up with an old University friend to attempt to travel around the world under human power; mainly paddle boat and bicycle. Travails as well as travels ensue, one of the main ones being the crumbling of their friendship under the pressures of the endeavour. There's even a bit in the acknowledgements when Smith mentions his friend's account of the journey being written.

Although this is interesting, and joins my circumnavigation theme in my travel writing collection, there's a fair bit in here that I wasn't so fascinated by, maybe because they are young men and some of it seems a little... well, whiny isn't the word but there isn't a lot of maturity and useful introspection. A few more photos might have made me feel more connected to it.

I see they do do educational work and continued to offer other people places on the expedition, which is admirable and shows a lack of ego and selfishness about the project which can be lacking in explorers - fair play to them. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Oct 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0881507091, Hardcover)

An amazing and deeply insightful account of how two normal guys decided to embark upon the unthinkable: an attempt to circumnavigate the globe using just human powered means.

On a rainy, miserable Monday morning in Paris a twenty-something bureaucrat decides there must be more to life than the United Nations project on which he is working. Stevie Smith tries to figure out what he could do of great significance and hit upon the notion of a trip around the world using only human powerno motors, no sails, no balloonsmaybe the last great first. With no experience, no particular expedition skills, and no money, the adventure begins.

A pedal-powered boat, a bike, in-line skates, and a lot of hilarious non-heroics take Stevie and his buddy, Jason, where no one has gone before. A bike ride through Europe by a guy who's never ridden much beyond the corner grocery; a pedal-boat trip across the Atlantic in 111 days by two guys whose combined sailing experience was a bout or two in a dinghy on the English coast; a bike and in-line skates get them across America; more pedaling to Hawaii

No travel writing has more accurately captured the old adage, "it's the journey and not the destination." Therein lies the simple beauty of this entertaining travel talea search for simplicity, integrity, and freedom. 12 black & white photographs.

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This text tells of the adventures of Stevie Smith and his friend Jason as they travel around the world, from England to Hawaii by bicycle, inline skates and ocean-going pedal boat.

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