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All the Gear, No Idea: A Woman's Solo Motorbike Journey Around the Indian Subcontinent by [Harrison, Michèle]
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BOOK REVIEW by Stuart Jewkes, Editor of The Rider's Digest

"All the gear and no idea" is usually meant as a pejorative term aimed at chequebook bikers. On the other hand, Michele Harrison inverts the phrase here to illustrate her refreshingly honest and upfront admission of her inexperience in relation to the magnitude of her undertaking - a massive road trip round India, all by herself, on a locally-procured Royal Enfield, with no backup or support of any kind. Unlike many of her "moto-travel-lit" peers, Michele uses the best policy of all, which is to adopt the value system of her host nation and leave everything to fate; a policy which eventually has a lasting impact on the rest of her life (in a good way - but I won't give it away!). As a result, she makes Homeric road trips like this sound accessible and achievable to mere mortals, when so many others give the impression that lack of expertise is a barrier to entry.

It's not all Pirsig-style mysticism either. Instead you variously get crashes, dynamite, harrassment and hospitality, charity and larceny, disease, enlightenment and a side-trip into the Himalayas. At the centre of all this is Michele and her motorcycle ("Big Thumper"), which is the perfect vehicle for the human interaction that is the cornerstone of all great travel stories, including this one.


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Just because someone told her India was "really in your face", Michèle Harrison quit her office job at the age of 33, bought herself an Enfield motorbike and set off for nearly a year in 1997 to tour the Indian subcontinent. Until then, she had only ridden scooters around London. With more gear than sense, her 17,000 miles journey took her through the mayhem of Delhi traffic, the mountains of Kashmir, the deserts of Rajasthan, the beaches of Goa, the southern tip of India, the remote tracks of Nepal and the eerie Himalayan barrenness of Ladakh. She wanted an adventure to spice up a boring life and fulfil her wanderlust. She got that, and more.

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  • Print Length: 230 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QVFWRPO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Well done Michele never easy to start an adventure just so many scared people trying to stop you just got to shut your eyes and start the rest gets easier.
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More of the same please. An honest account about the experience and feelings of someone out of their comfort zone. Well written. Thanks
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The title sags it all. Unprepared and no ideas about bike maintenance. But this probably made it an even bigger adventure. The book is an entertaining and easy travel report. Not as deep as I.e. Ubuntu which I read before.
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This is a beautifully crafted personal account of a journey within a journey. As I had traveled, a little by comparison, in India I took it to read on my recent return to India. Not only did it articulate, in a way I could not, my own experience but it entertained and enthralled me to the end. I felt I was there as I read the book (prior to going to India), transported and at times put the book down as it felt so intense, and that is what a book is meant to do ...

I am touched and grateful that Michèle took the time to write and publish the book so I could benefit from her experiences and corroborate some of my feelings, which I was never sure of in regard to India.
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This tale was written years after the event, therefore its lacks emotion and immediacy. It's like an older person telling a story of adventure in their younger years. There is no doubt the adventure was grand, but the retelling has been drained of adrenaline.
A decent read, but lacks vibrancy of good adventure writing.
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Amazing journey by a brave soul. An interesting read about the different areas of India. An optimistic nature seems to have helped Michele on her journey, as well as help encountered from indians. Not too much in the spiritual vein. India as no doubt changed since the journey.
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