Full Tilt: From Ireland to India on a Bicycle (1965) - Dervla Murphy
Another amazing biking adventure. Dervla sets off on her bike to ride from Ireland to India -- solo. Astounding! Along the way she travels through Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The story includes danger, wonderful scenery, and the amazing stories of the friends and characters she meets along the way. Charming.
This is Dervla's first book, and the start of a long career of intimate, outspoken, seat of the pants travel. For instance Eight Feet in the Andes is about a 1300 mile journey through the Peruvian Andes with her nine year old daughter and a mule.
If anyone (in book club) is interested, i have casette tapes for Full Tilt that i can loan. They're great on a car trip, the reader Kate Binchy has an accent that adds so much to Dervla's writing.