"To St Petersburg With Love" is a quirky travelogue in the spirit of Jack Kerouac´s On the Road, Che Guevara´s Motorcycle diaries and Peter Murtagh´s Buen Camino. Proving that life is often stranger - and more fun - than fiction, this is a book about what happened when I attempted to cycle around most of Northern Europe in 40 days.
The aim was that of a cycling purist: to cycle on all land between Southend and St Petersburg, and back. The trouble was with just weeks to go, I learned of someone who took 2 months to cycle one way from St Petersburg to London. Had I bitten off more than I could chew?
With my friend Craig, an impossibly tight schedule, visa and ship
deadlines, bear fears, mishaps and good fortunes, we set off on a life
changing adventure to see most of Northern Europe. This is the story of
triumphs and tribulations, challenges and compromises, of battling against
all the odds and learning to let go off the rules to live the dream.
What began as a simple cycle to St Petersburg became a curious road trip to
bring a consignment of custard to Anna, our Couch Surfing host, in
Kaliningrad. All to learn a lesson that dreaming big is no use, if you
don´t live big.