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Review of the TV mini series (2004)It is quite an adventure,Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride their motorbikes from London to New York.Along the way they pass through several countries in Europe and Asia,alongwith Alaska.For me,the most interesting part of the trip was when they passed through Mongolia's vast uninhabited landscape.There are few such open spaces left in the world now.The motorcycles often malfunction and sometimes get bogged down in muddy and watery obstacles.There is also some very inhospitable terrain,including that of Siberia to pass through.These guys are not necessarily the most likable ones,but they somehow stay the course.It makes for a thrilling adventure.3.5 stars for the miniseries.I presume the series isinteresting than the book.The primary intention was to film the journey,and the book wasof a by ptoduct. I'm not even going to blame the fact that I interrupted reading this with a few much better books coming back to it was torturous Too much man whining, too much man bickering, too much Oh but we miss our families so much!! No one forced you to leave them take this trip, did they? Long Way Round is a mentally and physically exhausting journey made by two friends who wanted a break The book is comprised of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s daily diary entries that were written during the entire trip By sharing both of their personal diaries you are able to get two very different perspectives of their overwhelming trip around the world.In the beginning, I was a little irritated, especially with Ewan He liked to namedrop quite a bit and, also, liked to mention which movies he was filming at the time However, as I kept reading, I realized that Ewan’s journey was about leaving the film industry behind and discover new things about himself I thought it was amazing how he and Charley were able to get on a pair of huge BMW bikes without an entourage and travel across some of the most difficult and dangerous roads in the world They would stay with complete strangers and found out the true meaning of hospitality For Ewan and Charley, Mongolia was the highlight of their journey They were able to, finally, leave behind their insecurities and obsessions of keeping their riding schedules They started to absorb and enjoy the ride At one part, they decided to take a quick dip in a nearby river.Ewan: “This is so liberating!” I screamed, running naked along the riverbank back to my bike “Three nude men in the countryside We should have some drums and bows and arrows.” The best part of the impromptu skinnydip was that we had shaken off our obsession with keeping to the schedule…But we’d come to realize that keeping to planned mileage was pointless if we didn’t experience anything along the way.”It was moments like that that made the book so entertainment; watching grown men run around like little boys enjoying their adventure.However, there were times where the extreme demand on their minds and bodies was just too much Charley wrote that “It was just so hard More than once I thought: what the f—k am I doing here? Why am I doing this? Who thought this was a good idea? I just wanted to go home For the first time, I really hit a low, my mood all the worse for not having eaten since breakfast.” When Charley would really let himself experience the land, he would lift himself out of his dark mood and journey on Their extreme mood swings was prevalent throughout their journey They had highs and lows It really is amazing how they were able to fight through their emotions to meet their goal I really enjoyed this book I experienced all the highs and lows with Ewan and Charley You are left with such a respect for what these two accomplished They left behind the comfort of their families and their privileged lifestyle to experience extreme off rode biking and other cultures They came back changed men. This is a true story about two fairly well known people taking a trip across a vast distance The AList actor and a welltodo buddy (dlist actor?) have a dream and try to put it into action Some of their challenges are ones that most people would not have e.g having a director who does not want you riding a motorcycle to practice for the trip in case you injure yourself before your movie is complete Some of the other challenges they thought were unique to their star power were likely challenges that anyone travelling the road less travelled would have: i.e people coming out to stare, insisting on some celebration or having a political leader want to meet you I have travelled some and am not famous for anything and I have had these experiences.There is lots of whining and the book is not particularly well written Having said that, these guys are not famous (or almost famous) for their writing skills Also, they have obviously not had to endure manhy hardships throughout their lives but I wish the editor had reeled them in a bit.One of the areas that I thought was really lacking in their writing was their insistance that the adventure really moved them, that they felt connected to teh places that they had visited and that it changed their lives Unfortunately, they could not demonstrate this and had to rely on telling us that I actually believe them but wish I could have read the book and felt it with them.Not the worst book out there and if you are a motorcycle kind of person you will get a lotout of the many pages devoted to their research and decision making (and errors)that went into motorcycle choice. ( Download Book ) ⚖ Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World ⚓ It started as a daydream Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregoractor and selfconfessed bike nutnoticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast 'Charley, ' he said 'I think you ought to come over for dinner'From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomadsAnd yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over , miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire Long Way Round is the result of their adventuresa fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream
Wow I went into this book with very little expectations, firstly I know nothing about bikes, and secondly I thought that it may be some kind of shameless promotion on behalf of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman but I was incredibly wrong.I was amazed at the journey these men took, and especially amazed at the vast amount of emotion that they both experienced and described throughout the journey and especially at their homecoming This is a book for any travel lover, for those who wish to experience a world outside of their own, I was moved by the journey of these men and the relationships that developed while on it, I have a new found respect for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman and applaud them for accomplishing something so amazing. This book was kinda boring and whiny for a couple of rich dudes on bikes with a film crew following them around. London to New YorkA tale of two dudes on bikesFriendship and folly Author B in my AZ was Charley Boorman although it says that Long Way Round was just written by Ewan McGregor I'm a fan of both actors but I've never seen the TV show so I went into this with a fresh mind not really knowing what to expect And can I say it was the biggest disappointment.Both authors moaned, whined and cried their way around the globe I know it must be hard to miss those you live with constantly, but they were crying when they left and cried during a lot of the journey When they weren't crying they were moaning about the conditions of the road, which they should have expected and each other On top of that it was hard to tell which of them were narrating Their writing styles were very similar and when events happened they were brushed under the carpet Nothing was explained in much detail In facttime was spent complaining about the state of the roads.In Ewan McGregor's sections he would constantly 'film drop' mentioning what he'd been in as well as any encounter when someone recognised him from a film Although I like him as an actor, I didn't really care about that in this context and when he started worrying about his career I skipped large chunks of text There were a few bits I enjoyed when there was a lot of tension, or funny moments, which it should have been for the majority of the book in my opinion, which is why I'm giving it two instead of one But overall it was a complete and utter let down I don't think I'll be reading one of their books again. I am a total sucker for armchair travel I love reading about adventures and long distance travel, especially if done on a bike, foot or some other odd thing I love reading about the details of what people ate, what gear they brought, funny stories of misunderstandings and the significance of meeting people on the road This book of Ewan McGregor and his buddy taking a motorcycle trip from London through Europe, into Kazakstan, Mongolia and Russia seemed initially to have all of those things Win win, right? This was an easy read, and I am still glad I read it but the dialogue in this is fucking ridiculous The two bicker constantly like an annoying married couple and then say things like, I'm sorry I was short with you I am missing my family, please forgive me Let's go fix our motorcycles They fight, make up like robots, and then swear they are going to relax and open them selves up to the joys of travel Over and over and over and well, you know Some of the travel details get lost in the nonstop discussions of their bikes, which is unfortunate Their interactions with locals were usually the best parts of this and what ultimately kept me going Also, I'm glad there are pictures because they are both really bad at setting the setting Describe the scenery people! Quit wailing about the state of the road!Red Flag: There is a lot about motorcycles Like really really a lot.