“Well, now I’m committed,” he thought to himself after telling a national TV game show audience that he wanted to ride a motorcycle to Mongolia with his winnings. He felt the fear that commitment always induced in him; he was hoping they might have edited that bit out. Commitments are something he tried to get as far away from as possible, the only other constants in his life being twenty-five years of financial prudence, travel and motorcycle obsession.So there he was, committed to going very, very far on a motorcycle with his meager prize money. Consequently, he spent a winter on eBay and a spring in the garage preparing his $1000 KLR 650 for an uncertain life on the road. Armed with a cynical humor, a strong sense of direction, a vague sense of balance, and no sense of proportion, he embarked on a 15,000-mile solo motorcycle ride to see what would break first; bike, body, or budget. Leaving an indifferent existence in England behind he headed east, looking for purpose, a new life, and a new location to live it. He was in search of greener grass.
Definitely one if the best reads I have come across. I can’t get enough of these types of books and now that Graham’s book is on audible all the better. I was even listening to this while I was working on my own bike getting ready for my next trip. The honesty, candor and unabashed descriptions of ups as well as downs makes this relatable, a ton of fun to “read”, and very different than most books out there. Can’t wait for the next installment in audio format!
And Graham, I listen to you on ARR and ARRRaw so maybe that’s the trick, but I wouldn’t have wanted to listen to anyone else read this. Good on ya. Awesome book!!
loved it, having the author read his own words and his own stories makes it even better.
Graham Field does a great job giving voice to his book, In Search of Green Grass. My only complaint is I enjoyed it too quickly.
I'm a fan of the Sam Manicom motorcycle travel books and feel like this is a similar type of book. The descriptions paint a vivid picture of what it was really like to travel by motorcycle. I like that the book is read by the author. The accent is occasionally challenging for my American ears but I was able to understand everything...I think.
This will likely be one of the few books that I listen to a 2nd or 3rd time....as I have also done with the Manicom books.
Here's a vote for more motorcycle travel books coming to Audible.
I found this book to be very honest. I am glad to know that I am not the only person to experience the ups and especially downs on motorcycle trips. It is not always roses and rainbows. If you love travelling by motorcycle, this is a must read.
Ever thought about adventure?
Listen to this and I bet you’ll have the atlas out tracing routes through far flung places, Graham reads his story clearly and with the enthusiasm that will make you want to make your own story.
Travel through Graham’s diary with him and share the experiences, sights, sounds and people he meets along the way, destination Mongolia and beyond! Now where is my atlas!
I've read a lot of adventure travel books, none of them ever talk about a normal morning shit, unless it's explosive diarrhea. This one does. It's full or rants, real biker problems, and failed attempts to enter knickers. A different take on adventure travel, and totally worth a read.