Dear Mr Sykes – I’m too full of respect to refer to you as Andrew – I’ve just completed reading your “Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie” and thoroughly enjoyed it, well done, not just for completing the journey, but also the book. You are now ranked along with [Dervla] Murphy, [Josie] Dew, [Mark] Beaumont and [Edward] Enfield, etc. on my bookshelf. I look forward to your next jaunt.
I did reply admonishing Don for his formality (“only the kids at school call me ‘Mr Sykes’ but they often prefer more colourful forms of address…”) and thanking him for his comments. He has plans to cycle from Lincolnshire to Budapest and write a book about his journey for a Hungarian charity so watch out for his tome alongside Murphy, Dew, Beaumont, Enfield… and of course that upstart Sykes.
Courtesy of Don, a few additions to the bookshop;Dervla Murphy Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle Wheels Within Wheels: The Makings of a Traveller Silverland: A Winter Journey beyond the Urals Josie Dew Long Cloud Ride: A cycling adventure across New Zealand Saddled at Sea: A 15,000-mile journey to New Zealand by Russian freighter Slow Coast Home: A 5000 mile cycle journey around the shores of England and Wales The Sun in My Eyes: Two-Wheeling East A Ride in the Neon Sun: A Gaijin in Japan Travels in a Strange State: Cycling across the USA The Wind in My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle Mark Beaumont The Man Who Cycled The Americas The Man Who Cycled The World Edward Enfield Dawdling By The Danube Freewheeling through Ireland Greece on my wheels Downhill all the way …and of course… Andrew Sykes Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie