From Siberia

TAS-YURYAKH, Russia — At a truck stop at the northern terminus of the Vilyui ice highway in northeastern Siberia, drivers make small talk not.
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They have a son. A film about the expedition is in production with Fforest Films, [13] due for release at film festivals in He has spoken at three TEDx events [14] [15] [16] , and is an in-demand speaker globally. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After completing his PGCE at Oxford University , he taught geography for two years at Larkmead School in Abingdon , before quitting his job, and setting off on his Cycling Home From Siberia expedition Cycling Home From Siberia Lilwall's life changing expedition began in when he flew to the north-eastern Siberian city of Magadan with his bicycle Alanis named after singer—songwriter Alanis Morissette and setting off to ride back home.

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Lists with This Book. Nov 30, Anna Edmonds rated it it was ok. Nov 25, Andrew rated it did not like it. I had high hopes for this one, really high hopes. It starts out wonderfully, but never really develops into anything more than a 'god is good, have you heard about the bible? Nov 08, Christina rated it it was amazing.

Rob Lilwall has written a thoroughly engaging account of his epic journey across some of the most difficult lands on earth. The book was exciting, thought-provoking and yet an overall easy read. I found myself racing to find out what other adventures he had had on his travels and was amazed by his experiences of people and by his journey with God. He is naturally eloquent and easily relatable. One never feels as if you are reading about someone doing a superhuman feat.

Just another struggler, li Rob Lilwall has written a thoroughly engaging account of his epic journey across some of the most difficult lands on earth. Just another struggler, like you and me, who just ended up choosing to do something different with his life. I would recommend this book to anyone. While I enjoy travel books, this one kept me rolling my eyes and questioning the decision making of the author. While it was fun to read about the people he met, and the lands he traveled, come now, Siberia and Tibet during the worst that winter has to offer? And what the heck?!?!

What was the point, perhaps it was merely self indulgence, to adding Papua New Guinea to the itinerary?!?!? Oh to be so young and privileged. Jan 03, Danny Smith rated it it was amazing. Brilliant book, a great adventure. Christianity bit was just about bearable. Sep 02, Kim Vernon rated it it was amazing. A heroic effort to cycle through the Siberian winter, but it is this undying commitment that opens the reader up to seeing what could be possible! I loved the fascinating stories of the generous people who supported them on this journey!

Feb 12, Alan Fricker rated it liked it. Sadly not a great book despite an extraordinary journey. Not sure why reviewers are so hung up on his christianity. A fairly minor part of the book and not responsible for it just being basically written. Sep 20, Evan Price rated it liked it. Good book but too much bible bashing jammed in your face.

But we found this memoir a little hard to access, in part because the author's motives for his bicycle trip were so blurry, in part because we found the narrator difficult to like at times and in part because we simply thought his decision-making skills were a bit suspect.

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Rob Lilwall was a geography teacher from London in his late 20's when he decided to pull up stakes and set off on a round-the-world bicycle trip starting in Siberia. Why one would choose to travel by bicycle through one of the coldest regions on Earth during the autumn and winter months, I don't know. But that's what he does. He could have started in the spring, and seen Siberia during a warmer time, but no, that would be too easy.

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If you know your geography, you can tell that this is a most circuitous route and not a direct path between Russia and the British Isles. Clearly, Lilwall wanted to have an adventure and he thought that traveling through a variety of out-of-the-way places would give it to him. He's not entirely wrong. He runs into trouble a few times, both from natural causes e. At times it grew frustrating to watch him make another questionable decision and then find himself in trouble yet again. It's almost as if he really wanted to run into danger or obstacles.

Overall, we found Lilwall as a narrator a bit angsty and irritating. He spends a lot of time navel-gazing, filtering his experiences through his somewhat dubious personal or cultural lens, and coming to conclusions that seem obvious to many of us who were born and raised in a globally connected world.

He also meets a lot of interesting characters and discovers, to no one's surprise, that there are good, generous and warm-hearted people all over the world, even in places with questionable reputations, like Vietnam and Iran. As he travels, he raises money for a charity and gives talks to schools for a small fee.

But the ultimate "why" of the trip seems clouded, even for him. What is he trying to prove? This uncertainty leads to questioning moments. Should he pack it in and go home early? Or should he finish the trip just to say that he has done it? Unfortunately, none of it really adds up to anything. Clearly, Lilwall learned a few things about himself and the world in the process, but the book is extremely episodic he covers three years of travels in just pages and the writing itself is a bit choppy.

It's hard to feel like there is a through-line, other than the bike ride itself. If you like adventure narratives, you'll probably enjoy some of the individual stories in this book. However the whole is not greater than the sum of the parts. There is a lot of action here that doesn't add up to anything.

Dec 12, Dan Smith rated it really liked it. I read this book in as part of my pre-touring research. I really enjoyed reading about Rob and Alistair's journey, especially the hardships and challenges, and it inspired me to include parts of Siberia in my own bicycle tour. Cycling Home from Siberia does lose some of its energy at a certain point, but upon reflection of my own on-tour and post-tour experiences, this is just reality kicking in. A bicycle tour is not all Red Bull moments, it is a long arduous journey which complements your I read this book in as part of my pre-touring research.

A bicycle tour is not all Red Bull moments, it is a long arduous journey which complements your own existence and constantly reminds you of who you are. Rob stays true to himself through the parallel narrative about his faith and his love for Christine, and when I caught up with him in Hong Kong he was approachable, sensitive and sincere.

But he is an adventure addict, always searching for the next big challenge. Cycling Home from Siberia allowed me to join one of his more accessible trips, and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and live my own 2-wheeled dreams. Sep 07, Praveen Mathew rated it liked it. It was rather like watching a very dry documentary. And yes, we get it, you're a Christian, bla bla bla. But I do have to admit that he was brave taking this ride, especially going through Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea. Also admirable is his honest and bare thoughts on his perspectives.

Would have loved more to read such thoughts, but they ultimately felt one-dimensional and dull. A rather passive and not so exciting read. You won't ever grip your book in fear. Oct 08, Mark Beech rated it really liked it. I have had this on my bookcase for ages. I really enjoyed the storytelling and his adventures and the three years he took to complete them being slightly crazy. I don't agree with everything he talked about in the book, but I appreciate his honesty to religion and his own Christian faith. Fantastic Story I could not put this down once I started reading it. New to touring, this story truly inspired me.

I felt as if I was on the journey with him. Great Book and story. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon.

When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it. To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips. 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 he married Christine Liu. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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