Friday, March 20, 2009

Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage

If you're looking for inspiration and motivation, then Miles from Nowhere should be within your queue of books.  The true story recounts a 2 year round the world bicycle trip by newlyweds, Barbara & Larry Savage.  Along the way, they not only encounter and overcome unique physical obstacles, but also conquer tremendous mental and emotional challenges.  While at times their frustrations and tensions seem to get the better of them, they inevitably form a stronger bond than either individual could have ever imagined.

The journey begins with their experiences in bicycling from California across the northern route of the United States and down to Florida.  From the States, they continue their adventure in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, England, Scotland, parts of Eastern Europe, Egypt, India, and eventually in New Zealand.  The cultural shock and treatment that they experience and receive along their journey ultimately defines their perception of life and how to appropriately appreciate what you have as well as how to live fully and with an open mind.

While the pair did return back to the States safely, Barbara Savage unfortunately passed away as the book went to press due to traumatic injuries from a bicycling accident.  This book serves to function as a tribute to her vitality, her lifelong dream, sense of adventure, confidence, dedication, love and passion for her bicycling journeys as well as for her family and friends.

11 comments:

Catherine said...

oh my word that sounds like a book for the ages. ill have to check it out lil boozie.

Melanie@TravelsWithTwo said...

As a couples' travel blogger, this book sounds like required reading. I'm grateful to you for posting about it...and tomorrow, I'm off to the book store.

Lil' Boozie said...

To both of you, I think that you'll truly enjoy the messages and experiences conveyed in this book. It truly is fascinating to gain perspective through the unique and interesting opinions, attitudes, and experiences of others.

I'm excited to see how you each interpret and react to this journey.

Happy Reading!
Suz

Anonymous said...

I just finished this book, while on a bike trip to Spain. It is amazing. It is beautifully wriiten. You will laugh, you will cry.

Lil' Boozie said...

Glad you enjoyed it as well! There is a lot of meaning and value in this journey - I would encourage anyone and everyone to read it!

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Lil' Boozie said...

You're welcome - glad you found it helpful and inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading this. It's a quick read and really engaging though I found it a little slow at the beginning. I enjoyed "watching" the author and her husband "toughen up" as their journey went on. Not sure I could have endured the heat, critters, and meanness of strangers. Oh, but what fabulous people they met along the way. Too bad that humanity has to have both sides, right?!

juliejoan said...

I just finished this book and was searching for additional titles by Barbara Savage when I discovered your blog. I am sad to learn of her death despite the fact that she passed nearly three decades ago. Her experience is even more inspiring to me now. Thanks!

Lil' Boozie said...

@Anonymous - I'm with you! I like to think that I have a thick skin, but when all is said and done, I don't think I'm mentally or physically strong enough to accomplish what the Savages did.

@JulieJoan - Barbara certainly serves as an inspiration in many ways. Thank you for visiting our blog!

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