Weave of the Ride - A Book About Cycle Touring Across Europe

In my early twenties, one hot summer day seen through an office window, I felt as if I should be getting out on my bike more. A flippant message to a best mate, "I'm going to cycle round the world". Would it become reality?

The malaise of our early twenties affects us all in different ways, but Andy Welch, bored of the office trample, came up with a way of breaking out and hitting a trail of adventure. With his best friend, he decides to cycle around the world and follow the horizon to the end. After a year of preparation, with no experience of travelling or any idea of what to expect, they wobbled off together following the compass from their hometown for a journey of a lifetime which no planning could have prepared them for.

Hitting the mountains of Armenia and the wild urban dust of Bucharest; the brooding Black Sea Coastline and the vibrant energy of Tbilisi; the duo experienced the world in ways completely fresh and alien to the path they were on. Two friends wanted to change their lives; they couldn't have changed them more. 'Weave of the Ride' is a tale of friendship, disaster, love, and self-transformation, by bicycle, set against the backdrop of a world of friendly strangers, strange weather, wild dog attacks, and a tapestry of rich local culture and hospitality.

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Booking name process

  • Slow Quest
  • Where On Earth is Sakartvelo?
  • Lightning on the Plains
  • What Happened on a Journey
  • The Weave of the Ride
  • Slow Road Ahead
  • The Slow Road.
  • The Thoughts That Lead Me
  • The Way Per Se
  • The Red Air
  • You Can Go Your Own Way
  • Leap the Branches
  • A Revolution of Revolutions

book naming process

Previous names that were out:

  • A Cycling Process
  • A Way of Learning
  • The Unpredictability of Life and the Weather.
  • Truly Valuable Journey
  • Search for Real Value
  • Valued Experience
  • A Way of Learning
  • Not a fast ride