The Wind in My Wheels : Travel Tales from the Saddle, Paperback Book

The Wind in My Wheels : Travel Tales from the Saddle Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


As a young girl, Josie Dew developed an overpowering urge to travel.

She also fell out of a fast-moving vehicle and, rather inconveniently, developed a lifelong aversion to cars.

Along came her first bicycle, and she has never looked back.

Four continents, thirty-six countries and eighty thousand miles worth of astounding adventures, eccentric characters, varied cultures and ever-enduring optimism are the result of her travels.

From Saharan locust invasions to tree-climbing goats, and a customs official who wouldn't let her leave India because 'You are making me a very fine wife', her encounters are described with honesty, wit and perception.

Strange incidents and bizarre circumstances punctuate her journeys: in Nepal she met a team of Frenchmen running from Paris to China, and a cyclist on his way from one Olympic Games to the next.

In Udaipur she was greeted by everyone with the refrain 'Hello Mr. Jamie Bond Octopussy filmed here', whilst her view of post-Ceausescu Romania, a nation suffering and starving, affected her both physically and mentally.

THE WIND IN MY WHEELS is informative, illuminating, and ceaselessly amusing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, Section: 16, colour
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780751502497

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I read this book many years ago. It inspired me to take a two year cycle trip through europe which was fantastic. A very enjoyable and inspirational collection of stories.

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This is an entertaining account of several of the author's long distance cycle rides. The focus is in the ride and her experiences - there is little background information about the places she travels through. It is impossible not to admire Josie Dew. She is adventurous and enthusiastic, but this can lead her on occasions to be a little judgmental about people who take a 'softer' travel option. Having undertaken several similar rides myself I think it is useful to remember that cycling is not going to suit everyone.

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