Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall

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“ It is late October, and the temperature is already –40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts; and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.”

Having left his job as a high-school geography teacher, Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. Cycling Home from Siberia recounts his epic three-and-a-half-year, 30,000-mile journey back to England via the foreboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone, and Afghanistan’s war-torn Hindu Kush. A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey, providing poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world’s toughest corners.

About Rob Lilwall

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Born in London in 1976, Rob Lilwall studied geography at Edinburgh University and did his teacher training at Oxford University before teaching geography in an Oxfordshire Secondary School for two years. At the age of 27, that he set off on his three year Cycling Home From Siberia. He also completed a theology diploma at Oxford University. In September 2009 he married Christine Liu.
Published April 5, 2011 by Howard Books. 435 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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I often thought of Voltaire's masterpiece while reading Rob Lilwall's epic account of cycling home from Siberia, a place he heads off to in October with equipment that includes a pair of £10 Royal Mail over-trousers, a whistle that stuns ferocious dogs, and a secondhand tent that he puts up for t...

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