Monday, April 24, 2017
A Bicycle Built For Two Billion by Jamie Bianchini
Jamie Bianchini needed a lift. A big one. After a series of spectacular business flops drove him into bankruptcy and the love of his life kissed him goodbye, Jamie knew he needed a world of help. But instead of seeking assistance from a counselor or support group, Jamie sought comfort where he’d always found it…on his bicycle.
As his world hit rock bottom, Jamie hatched a crazy plan that just might make everything right. His life lacked purpose, passion, and connection with his fellow man. So Jamie decided to go for a bicycle ride…around the world…on a tandem…solo…inviting everyone he met to join him for a spin.
A Bicycle Built for Two Billion is the moving story of an audacious optimist who tried to change the world – while hoping the world would change him – one rider at a time. A heartfelt, hilarious, adrenaline-fueled journey through 81 countries, A Bicycle Built for Two Billion will allow you to see the planet in a way never experienced before.
Come join Jamie and his unforgettable cast of co-pedalers – from inspiring villagers to conniving thieves, romantic paramours to unlikely gurus, excited school kids to seniors who have never set foot on a pedal. Come join them all for the ride of your life.
Includes nearly 200 spectacular photos and videos captured around the world, bringing this rich story to life.
This book made me want to jump on a bicycle and take off on a little trip of my own! However, I am definitely not in shape to do so! I don't think I would make it a mile down the road!
I enjoyed this book immensely. I especially enjoyed the honesty and vulnerability of the author. Many people may find things about Jamie to be fairly unlikeable at times but, like I said, his honesty and openness draws you in.
His story was so much more than I ever expected. I was intrigued from the beginning and it held my attention to the very end. I could close my eyes and picture every location, every adventure, every individual. Such great storytelling that at times you forget that it's about his real life. Pick it up! You won't be disappointed.
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.