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Summary

Since the Stone Age, the "walkabout" has been an aboriginal rite of passage. It is when adolescent boys wander aimlessly into the bush on a journey with no particular destination. During this time, they make the spiritual transition from boy to man. It's a time for self-assessment and deep thought, when he can learn about himself without the influence of his elders, friends, or family. It's a physical and psychological journey.

I didn't look like an aboriginal adolescent as I set off from Belfast on my café racing Moto Guzzi, but looking back, I see that the same determination drove me to set off on a journey of self-discovery. I was 21 and wanted to go "somewhere" for "some time" and, well, for "something"!

This desire drove me to break free from my mediocre, middle-class existence and reach out for the unknown. The demand was irresistible and bound me to an ancient ritual that many young men before me had taken for adventure.

Come with Chris Donaldson on this roller-coaster ride of self-discovery, and you will not be disappointed as there is a near-death experience around every corner! Over 40,000 miles (not counting 10,000 more crewing on an ocean-going racing yacht) through 33 countries - there are enough harum-scarum life lessons to keep you listening on!

All along the way, there are formidable road blocks: trigger-happy boy soldiers with AK-47s in war-torn Africa, the Sahara Desert, the Andes, waves the size of Everest that threaten to sweep him overboard, hepatitis E in South America, and PTSD when he got home - and that's only the half of it.

This odyssey, seen through the eyes of someone in their early 20s, fresh for the Belfast Troubles and lived out in the early 1980s, is raw in its exposure but thoughtful in its deliberations and revealing about the regimes and cultures it passes through.

©2020 Chris Donaldson (P)2020 Chris Donaldson

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A proper travel adventure on a proper motor bike

I've read/ listened to many many motorbike travel books and some are good (Jupiter travels/ dreaming of Jupiter?) and most are just modern copies generally written by well heeled 'adventurers' following well worn routes by GPS. Canned adventures are fine but no need to write a book about them really.
Going The Wrong Way is a bit different as it's an honest account of someone who just got on their bike with little planning and rode into all sorts of trouble and misadventure. The highs and dark lows are all recounted really well - if you're looking for a bloody entertaining book that shows what's possible with a lot of determination , a lot of beer and no planning have a listen to this

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What a journey

Fair play not sure I would have the courage to do this an insperation

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So glad I listened to this

The type of adventure someone would look back on and say "wow...I should have taken insurance out. How mad was I". Amazing stories.

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Superb story expertly narrated. Had me gripped from start to end and what a ride it was.

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A proper travel story

I really enjoyed the book at brought back memories of a journey I took to Australia in 1982 with no money

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Better than Jupiters Travels - a must read!

Just finished listening to your book on Audible and it is without doubt one of the most real and down to earth stories I have listened to.

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An honest account with a wonderful narrator

The narrator was amazing - such a great performance.

The story was blunt and honest - no sugar coating . The author had some good insights particularly into charity when travelling in Africa.

I really enjoyed this book and the Le Mans is still a stunning bike to this day !

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good but a little drawn out

I enjoyed the book but sometimes it was a little drawn out for me. worth a read

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The best motorcycle adventure book.

I've read and listened to a lot of motorbike adventure stories. This is the best. A narrator with a fabulous Northern Irish accent added to the authenticity. A brutally honest and funny account of an epic journey. Highly recommended.

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Not just for bikers

I really enjoyed this book, with no airs and graces Chris takes you with him on his journey of personal discovery. A vast mix of good and bad experiences. Its an inspiring book to get you out and explore the world to see what you can learn. My only slight criticism is the narrator in the first 1/4 put slightly too much effort in but did a great job overall. Looking forward to any new material Chris produces.

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  • 27-05-21

Fantastic!!

Awesome story!! I couldn't stop listening. Great adventure!! Chris Donaldson is is a fearless traveler. highly recommended!!

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  • Annette M.
  • 06-09-22

Great book

Like meeting up with an old friend Well done and entertaining
Audio was very well done

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  • Mike horkan
  • 20-04-22

Fantastic moto story

I was literally on the edge of my seat.that was one heck of an adventure for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-22

IN MY OPINION,BEST ADV MOTORCYCLE BOOK HANDS DOWN

AMAZING STORY AND ADVENTURES CHRIS! Had me spellbound the entire time! Will listen again , as my next audiobook!

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  • David
  • 27-02-21

An R rated Ted Simon

Great book. It is honest, unpolished and from the gut. If Ted Simon is the granddaddy, Sam Manicom the favorite uncle, Elsbeth Beard the big sister...this guy is the black sheep of the family.

Well done