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Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet

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While I’m a fan of dreaming big and wild, I have come to realise that true contentment for me is actually found on the journey to the start line. I combined the memories with reflection, looked up the facts and replayed my words from the time to create a fuller picture of what I experienced. With infectious wit and honesty, Jenny brings readers into her remarkable Round the World adventure, as she takes on four continents, 16 countries - and countless cups of coffee. Im Juni 2018 stand eine junge Schottin mit ihrem Fahrrad am Brandenburger Tor und brach zu einer Reise auf, die schon einige vor ihr unternommen hatten. Refreshing that her endeavour was with minimal sponsorship and you get a real sense of someone who made every opportunity for herself, while being helped by the kindness of strangers along the way.

Graham helpfully bookmarks each day's ride with total time/kilometers on the bike, start/end points and her sleeping venue. These would act as shelves and together with my bars, they would carry my essentials: my lights, a camera, a huge elastic hair band to stuff things under, my GPS Tracker, two water bottle cages with bottles, two wired speed sensor computers and my main GPS navigation tool – the Garmin Edge 1000. Ihre Welt beschränkt sich nur auf ihr Rad, ihr Ziel und wenige Kontakte mit ihrem Sohn und ihrer Familie.One doesn’t have to be a cyclist, a fan of the sport or even know anything about a bike to enjoy this book. Writing it down I wasn’t able to brush or laugh things off (particularly with the ban of using emojis! Jenny Graham hat es in ihrem Buch geschafft, die Erlebnisse von 18000 Meilen zu erzählen, ohne mich zu langweilen, aber auch ohne etwas weg zu lassen.

Coffee First, Then the World is her account of a record-breaking ride, and how one woman and a humble bike conquered the world. Anfangs geht dieser Plan auch auf: die Straßen sind gut , die Menschen freundlich und Jenny macht teilweise mehr Kilometer als geplant. It’s her daily journal and audio diary entires, so you are with her every step (or pedal) or the way. But, instead of coming across as some elite, unreachable athlete, Jenny makes everything seem attainable.It was impressive to see her breaking down language barriers with individuals all over the world and laughing when seemingly insurmountable delays were thrown her way. She hadn’t yet earned her name ‘Little Pig’ – that would come later – but the golden mustard steel frame of my Shand Stooshie bike had already become my companion. You don't have to be gloriously happy in a storm, but accepting it is what makes for an easier passage', and, 'There is a freedom that comes from carrying your own home with you. If Jenny had lived 1000 years ago she would be the patron-saint of "getting it done no matter what". She films and photographs herself, sends info along to her sister for various social updates, and messages/face times with family and friends, all while riding about 280km per day, for 125 straight days.

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