Title: The Middle Kingdom Ride
Author: Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle
Page Count/Review Word Count: 282
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t expect this book to be this good – especially so because it was sent to me with an accompanying DVD. But I managed to do the sensible thing and read the book first, and I’m glad I did – now I can’t wait to watch the DVD!
The Middle Kingdom Ride tells the epic tale of the authors, Canadian brothers who ride over 18,000 kilometres around China on the back of 800cc motorbikes. It sounds difficult enough, but when you factor in some of the crazy laws that are followed to the letter despite them contravening common sense, the unpredictable weather, the wearying conditions and the inherent danger in riding motorbikes that far across the weirdest roads you can imagine, you start to get a feel for how mammoth the task is.
The two brothers’ writing is in just the right style for the job – they take it in turns to cover what’s happening, and they explain it simply and with just the right amount of westernisation. It’s the kind of book where you actually learn something, and that’s always good in my eyes. It almost makes me want to travel around China, except I don’t have the money to fund the trip, I can’t ride a motorbike and the whole thing sounds pretty damn impossible to repeat.
Seriously, they came pretty close to death on several occasions. Don’t try this at home.