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It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor — actor and self-confessed bike nut — noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. "Charley," he said. "I think you ought to come over for dinner..."

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.

And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures — a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

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"Actors McGregor (Moulin Rouge; The Phantom Menace) and Boorman (Deliverance; Hope and Glory) left London by motorbike in April 2004, heading east. They traveled across Europe and Asia, flew over the Pacific and continued across North America to New York, all in four months. This travelogue of the adventure is a small miracle of persistence and speed, since McGregor and Boorman finished their trip mere months ago, and though in some places the rush job shows, it's readable and entertaining, told in the actors' alternating voices. Western Europe and North America, with their good roads and English speakers, held few surprises, but eastern Europe and Asia — the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia — were a moment-by-moment challenge, even with the authors riding top-of-the-line BMW cycles. Roads in the former Soviet nations were the biggest and most consistent obstacles, sometimes in such poor shape that the authors' progress slowed to less than 20 miles a day (and this on a 20,000-mile trip). People were another hurdle, from the Kalashnikov-toting coalminers of eastern Ukraine to the ever-present Kazakh police. But the riders met many others, like second-generation Chernobyl victims and street children in Ulaanbaatar, who make Mongolia's isolation palpable. Working under tight deadlines, the duo had little time or space for reflection, and the account often reads like the description of a race. The trip was an accomplishment, nevertheless, and, in its immediacy, so is this book. Maps, photos. Agent, Scott Waxman. (Nov. 2) Forecast: This will get a boost from the airing of a six-hour TV documentary of the trip that premiered on Bravo on October 28, and the authors' star quality ensures plenty of media coverage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor — acclaimed actor and self-confessed bike nut — noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called his fellow actor-slash-biker friend Charley Boorman and told him it was time to hit the road.... andlt;BRandgt; Long Way Round andlt;BRandgt; Beginning in London, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia; across the Pacific to Alaska; then down through Canada all the way to New York. andlt;Iandgt;Long Way Roundandlt;/Iandgt; is the result of their four-month, 20,000-mile joyride. Featuring original diary entries, travel maps, mileage charts, and dozens of photographs, this is a freewheeling, fully charged, and uproariously entertaining book about two world-famous individuals who chose the road not taken...and made the journey worthwhile.

About the Author

Ewan McGregor was born in Perthshire in 1971. An actor who has appeared in more than thirty films — Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Moulin Rouge, and the second Star Wars trilogy among them — he rides an MV Augusta F4S and a KTM Duke. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Charley Boorman was born in England, grew up in Ireland, and currently lives in London with his family. An actor whose first starring role was in Deliverance, he met his costar Ewan while shooting The Serpent's Kiss. He rides a Ducati 748 and is preparing for the 2006 Paris-Dakar rally, if his wife lets him

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MaraNY, June 23, 2010 (view all comments by MaraNY)
I actually saw the mini-series, by stroke of luck, while attending school in Texas several years ago. I watched it faithfully week after week. It amazed me that these men saw so much, endured so much, then stayed friends afterwards! I will never forget the little children in Mongolia, and the food these guys had to endure, especially when traveling thru Asia. They were nearly killed many times over; I was terrified when somebody clipped Ewan's bike and he went flying. They brought a memento from one of their crew to his sister, I believe, in a faraway country. A lot of times they didn't speak the language, and had to rely on locals' goodwill to get them through. The sights! They saw just about every kind of animal; in Alaska, Charley got a little too close to an iceberg, and they had close encounters with many LARGE creatures: bison, killer whales, you name it! I especially liked the people they met, and the experiences they discuss, comparing places both large and small. My favorite part was when they were getting close to meeting their wives in NYC, I think. Ewan and Charley didn't know the crew had flown the ladies (and Charley's kids) out to meet them. It was incredible! Ewan was wandering around, acting like he felt his wife was near to him. Little did he know! When they were reunited, OMG, I cried; it was so emotional. They hadn't seen their wives for months! Ewan had grown a big bushy beard, but his face was just glowing; they all just hugged and wept, exclaimed and wept some more. What a show! These guys rock!
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This book will take you on an emotional adventure that's quite wonderful to discover. The authors really captured their own personal struggles throughout the journey, and allowed the reader inside their heads. But I left wanting more and I can't wait to read their next book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743499347
Author:
ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Publisher:
Atria Books
With:
Uhlig, Robert
Author:
Boorman, Charley
Author:
McGregor, Ewan
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Motorcycles - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 bandw illus t/out; 4 8-pp color inser
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in 13.895 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Actors McGregor (Moulin Rouge; The Phantom Menace) and Boorman (Deliverance; Hope and Glory) left London by motorbike in April 2004, heading east. They traveled across Europe and Asia, flew over the Pacific and continued across North America to New York, all in four months. This travelogue of the adventure is a small miracle of persistence and speed, since McGregor and Boorman finished their trip mere months ago, and though in some places the rush job shows, it's readable and entertaining, told in the actors' alternating voices. Western Europe and North America, with their good roads and English speakers, held few surprises, but eastern Europe and Asia — the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia — were a moment-by-moment challenge, even with the authors riding top-of-the-line BMW cycles. Roads in the former Soviet nations were the biggest and most consistent obstacles, sometimes in such poor shape that the authors' progress slowed to less than 20 miles a day (and this on a 20,000-mile trip). People were another hurdle, from the Kalashnikov-toting coalminers of eastern Ukraine to the ever-present Kazakh police. But the riders met many others, like second-generation Chernobyl victims and street children in Ulaanbaatar, who make Mongolia's isolation palpable. Working under tight deadlines, the duo had little time or space for reflection, and the account often reads like the description of a race. The trip was an accomplishment, nevertheless, and, in its immediacy, so is this book. Maps, photos. Agent, Scott Waxman. (Nov. 2) Forecast: This will get a boost from the airing of a six-hour TV documentary of the trip that premiered on Bravo on October 28, and the authors' star quality ensures plenty of media coverage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor — acclaimed actor and self-confessed bike nut — noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called his fellow actor-slash-biker friend Charley Boorman and told him it was time to hit the road.... andlt;BRandgt; Long Way Round andlt;BRandgt; Beginning in London, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia; across the Pacific to Alaska; then down through Canada all the way to New York. andlt;Iandgt;Long Way Roundandlt;/Iandgt; is the result of their four-month, 20,000-mile joyride. Featuring original diary entries, travel maps, mileage charts, and dozens of photographs, this is a freewheeling, fully charged, and uproariously entertaining book about two world-famous individuals who chose the road not taken...and made the journey worthwhile.
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