A gripping, poignant and humorous adventure story of one man's journey from the frozen tundra of Siberia back home to England by bike.
It is late October, and the temperature is already 40C...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.
In 2004 Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped with only a bike and a healthy dose of fear. Cycling Home from Siberia recounts his epic three-and-a-half year, 48,000-kilometre 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 giving a poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world s toughest corners.
I'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips. - The Guardian - Kevin Rushby
Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers. - The Guardian
Lilwall's story is a remarkable one ... enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place. - The Sunday Telegraph
A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance tests. - Irish Times
Not only describes different countries and their peoples, but also delves into the human heart. - Woman Alive - Amy Boucher Pye
A real adventure story. - The Baptist Times
Rob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey. 7/10. - Times Educational Supplement - Martin Spice
Rob Lilwall is a writer, adventurer, theology student and motivational speaker, who regularly transfixes audiences with tales from his 30,000 mile journey by bike from Siberia to England. Rob has written about his journey for magazines and journals worldwide.
In 2004 Rob gave up his job as a geography teacher in London and set off around the world with nothing but a bike and a healthy dose of fear...around 3 years later he arrived home, with some remarkable stories to tell!