Written by Sam Manicom and Associates | Reviewed by JM Staelens. Posted in Media
Studying The Second Collectors: Twenty Travellers’ Tales from Across the World, an anthology of brief tales of motorbike journey adventures chosen by Sam Manicom, triggered a stroll down reminiscence lane for me. Reflecting upon the chapters on this e-book, every written by a unique creator, I usually paused and dwelled alone reminiscences generated throughout my years on “the roads much less traveled.” Though every of the assorted tales described a selected second through the creator’s journey that was distinctive to them and memorable sufficient to put in writing about, it struck me how usually I acknowledged sure conditions and the way they affected the authors. The similarities of a number of the recounted experiences to my very own have been outstanding.
Though all of us come from completely different backgrounds, roots, and cultures, as soon as we embark on our journeys, we develop into members of a worldwide tribe of journey seekers who discover total continents on bikes. And as such, we share most of the extraordinary experiences that, mixed, make up the journey of a lifetime. There’s a acquainted universality within the 20 vacationers’ tales that’s solely discernible to the wandering members of our nomadic tribe.
The veterans amongst us will acknowledge most of the authors’ experiences, emotions, and ideas that befall most of us after we commit ourselves to life on the highway. Roaming Earth on two wheels looking for ever-elusive horizons, we’re sucked right into a maelstrom of unexpected occasions, difficult conditions, and shocking encounters that lead to a barrage of unanticipated feelings, indelible impressions, exhilarating sensations, and mind-opening ideas. It’s this kaleidoscope of emotional states and philosophical wanderings that vacationers expertise “within the second,” that’s the topic of this distinctive anthology.
The tales describe fantastic moments of deep bliss and immense pleasure when driving via breathtaking surroundings, heart-warming encounters with pleasant strangers who invite vacationers into their properties and provide them meals, usually with out with the ability to interact in dialog on account of language obstacles, and camaraderie with fellow vacationers. However there are additionally the accounts of the debilitating doubts and paralyzing fears, the bone-shattering crashes, the harrowing hardships and daunting setbacks endured throughout inclement climate on treacherous roads in distant corners of the planet. The “moments” collected by the 20 authors cowl a lot of the spectrum of enriching, difficult, and even life-changing experiences that globetrotting motorcyclists will encounter.
Aside from the leisure that studying this e-book presents, the fantastic thing about this anthology lies within the inspirational worth these numerous tales provide, in addition to the attention-grabbing observations and insights into fascinating worlds and cultures to which we’d in any other case stay oblivious. An ideal instance of that is present in Chapter 9: “The Kyrgyzstan Eagle Hunter” by Tiffany Coates, a superbly written, charming gem of a narrative of an historical searching custom handed down the paternal lineage via the centuries, leading to an otherworldly life-style that would not presumably be extra faraway from our personal. Tiffany’s compelling story exemplifies the essence of why we depart the consolation and security of our properties and roam the earth looking for these touching encounters and uniquely gratifying moments which are immensely enriching our lives.
This anthology will enchantment to seasoned veterans in addition to the wide-eyed dreamers who aspire to embark on their first journeys. Identical to Ted Simon’s iconic e-book, Jupiter’s Travels, had a life-changing influence on me greater than 40 years in the past, this anthology may additionally encourage budding adventurers to take that all-important first step firstly of a journey that may change their lives without end.
This assortment of brief tales won’t solely encourage fledglings however even galvanized an outdated hand like me into motion. Studying these tales made me reminisce about my very own transcontinental motorbike journeys from the previous, fortuitously prompting me to return to Europe after seven years’ absence to embark on a long-distance off-road driving journey throughout the outdated continent. Exploring the Trans Euro Path (T.E.T.) community couldn’t come quickly sufficient after greater than two years of soul-sapping “pandemical” lockdowns and journey restrictions. That catalytic influence alone makes me grateful for having learn Sam Manicom’s anthology. I solely wished he had revealed it a minimum of a yr earlier to assist me address not with the ability to discover overseas lands through the pandemic.
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