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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books (June 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070543
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read this book 3 years after it was published, but I am glad that I discovered the writer and his three books on epic journeys on bicycle. This book covers the time period from early to mid 2000s, but the conditions described therein will be relevant even 20 years down the road.

So Alastair Humphreys started his epic journey on bicycle from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, pedaled along Argentina - Chile borderline on the Andes through Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, took a yatch through Pacific Ocean to Mexico, continued pedaling through western USA, British Columbia (Canada), Alaska, to Siberia through Bearing Strait, into Japan, China and then on to Central Asian Stan countries, over Caucasus, into Turkey, crossing into Europe and through Balkans, Switzerland, France all the way back to his hometown in Yorkshire - over 70,000 kms in total.

This book made Bill Bryson's hike on the Appalachian Trail a mere backyard tourism. I had thought that Sarfraz Khan's hike through Pakistan's and Afghanistan's remotest regions for establishing schools for Greg Mortensen's CAI as narrated in the book 'Stones into School' was adventure at its best. However, Humphrey's cycling super-adventure stands in a league of its own.

Thunder and Sunshine is not only about Humphrey's physical and psychological struggles. It is also about culture that he encounters and describes in detail. He did a brilliant job while describing people and conditions in Siberia, China, and Stan countries.

At the end of his journey, Humphrey regretted that it was coming to an end and just wanted to turn his bike and head to Australia. I was left with the same feeling.
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Could Not Put This Book Down, Bravo Alastair May 16 2010
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I have read many bicycle travel adventure books, and what separates the great ones from the mediocre is always the same thing - the extent to which the author lets us into his heart. Sure, the tales of tribulations on the road are exciting, and we are always up for a good suspense at the border crossing story. But when the author tells us of his feelings and emotions, especially the honesty in which he writes about his loneliness and self-doubt, and yes, his determination and moments of transcendent happiness - that is what brings Moods of Future Joys and Thunder and Sunshine, to a higher level than the typical travel adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed both books and look forward to whatever else Alastair Humphreys cares to write about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A continuing success June 16 2013
By Fred Bouwman - Published on
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This book is a continuance of Alastairs first book "Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike" and it is no less entertaining and inspiring than the first part. He knows how to tell a story and describe the various adventures he experienced, I felt like I was along for the ride. Highly recommended not only for other bike tourists but anyone interested in learning more about the world.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
wow Nov. 14 2008
By Ms. C. S. Courtauld - Published on
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Beautifully written. Epic adventure. Great to have a quality travel book by a 'normal' person rather than the endless celebrity stuff. Well done Alistair! Can't wait to read about his South Pole book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing. Inspiring. Feb. 5 2013
By H. norris - Published on
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Absolutely loved this book. Al has an easy writing style and a true sense of adventure. It touches on many countries of the world and has made me more knowlegeable in the geography and cultures of the world. If you're interested in bike touring, this book is sure to inspire.
"A ferocious challenge, an old-fashioned quest.." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes says of Alastair Humphreys' epic ride round the world. Oct. 15 2014
By Jeffrey Fritts - Published on
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I could not put down the magnificent work of Al Humphreys’ Thunder & Sunshine until I had rode back home with him. A compelling description of one man’s journey around the world by bicycle. This epic adventure was so enormous in the undertaking that it took two volumes to tell the story. While Thunder & Sunshine stands alone on its own merit, one might want to read part 1 of Alastair Humphreys’ four year journey starting with his book Moods of Future Joys, also written in the style of a real adventurer. As I plan my own adventures by bicycle these books will be read again and again.

“From your front door, it’s a long ride home.” Alastair Humphreys

Jeffrey Fritts, College Place, WA. USA