Travels in a Strange State : Cycling Across the USA, Paperback Book

Travels in a Strange State : Cycling Across the USA Paperback

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By most people's standards, Josie Dew is hugely adventurous.

By American standards, she is completely insane. For Americans drive everywhere: through cinemas, restaurants, banks, even trees.

But driving past Josie as she pedalled across America was a new and alarming experience. On her eight-month journey Josie experienced it all; race riots in Los Angeles, impossible heat in Death Valley, Sexual Tantric Seminars in Hawaii.

From Utah to the Great Lakes, via improbable places like Zzyzx and Squaw Tit, her two-wheeled odyssey brought her into contact with all the wonders and worries of this larger-than-life country. Highly entertaining, richly informative, TRAVELS IN A STRANGE STATE is a personal memoir of an improbable journey, revealing the United States as it is rarely seen - from the seat of a bicycle.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Section: 16, colour
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780751535297

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Between the intial reviews and my first thoughts, I didn't hold the book in too high regard, but I still found myself unable to set it down. What I said in the forum post initially holds true--she's a whiner and don't think she'd be happy anywhere, but at least she found new things to whine about eventually. Maybe I coped better because she didn't rag too much on New York.I admit I liked the sections on Hawaii, especially Oahu as it reminded me of my trip. I also felt I learned a lot about Hawaii--my previous knowledge was rather lacking. Liked the bit about Father Damien as I learnt a fair bit about him when I was travelling in Australia with a Belgian man who was off to visit Hawaii to learn more about the priest's work so this was interesting to read.I didn't get her rant on weight--Europeans are heavy and drive thrus aren't exclusive to the States. It's true that I have this icon but I think it's like family, I can pick on the States but when others do it incessantly, it's like attacking family.So while I didn't love this book and there were indeed times I wanted to smack her, hard, I didn't hate it either. Am now trying to track down her two books on Japan. I know has them but trying to avoid temptation. Must. Not. Shop!

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