The Road to Gobblers Knob From Chile to Alaska by Geoff Hill
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The Road to Gobblers Knob: From Chile to Alaska on a Motorbike by Geoff Hill
Due 23rd December 2014
At 16,500 miles, it was the world's longest road: a road on which travellers faced being baked in deserts, frozen in mountains, kidnapped and murdered by Colombian drug barons, buried under Peruvian avalanches, drowned by the Guatemalan rainy season, fleeced by eight-year-old Ecuadorean border touts, wasted by Montezuma's revenge, driven mad by blackflies in the Yukon, eaten by Alaskan grizzlies and, worst of all, limited to a glass of Chardonnay a day in California. The Pan-American Highway - it sounded brilliant. The next day, I went out to buy every book that I could find on it. And found that there weren't any.
Then it's about time I wrote one, I thought. Hilariously funny, thoughtful and entertaining, this is that book. From the difficulties of getting bikes to Chile and the trials of South American border crossings, to the joys of the open road and the dubious delights of the local specialities (guinea pig, anyone?), you will love every twist and turn in the (very very long) road on this adventure.
'A brilliant read, a book I simply couldn't put down.You become part of the adventure and all its ups and downs, and the book is bloody funny. It's like a cross between Ted Simon and Flann O'Brien - a cracker.' Hairy Biker Dave Myers
'An outstanding writing talent with a wicked sense of fun ... Brilliant writing, genuinely and originally funny.' Martyn Lewis, broadcaster
'Shift your arse, Kerouac, Geoff Hill's on the road. Faster, funnier and still alive.' Colin Bateman
The most inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny travelogue of the last fifty years. The yearning of an unmitigated adventurer leaps off every line. Verbal Magazine, 27 March 2007
Very funny and entertaining ... it provides plenty of chuckles as well as moments of tension as the journey unfolds. Nacelle, The Magazine of the Triumph Owners' Motorcycle Club, October 2007
Geoff Hill's incredible tale of his trek along the Pan-American Highway ... Inspiring Stuff. Motorcycle Sport and Leisure Magazine
A brilliant, very funny travel book about two blokes who ride the length of the American continent on a Triumph Tiger and an Aprilia Pegaso. It's enthralling, amusing, and an absolute must if you liked 'Jupiter's Travels'. 100% Biker Magazine
Perfect holiday reading for beach or airport. Octane Magazine
Geoff Hill is an experienced and witty travel writer ... amusing and entertaining. Classic Mechanics Magazine
About the Author
Geoff Hill is the features editor of the News Letter in Belfast. He has either won or been shortlisted for a UK. Travel Writer of the Year award eight times. He is also a former Irish Travel Writer of the Year and a former Mexican Government European Travel Writer of the Year, although he's still trying to work out exactly what that means. He regularly writes about travel for the Daily Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday.
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd; illustrated edition edition (23 April 2007)
Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm