Cycle touring - how to write your travelogue



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Clearly we are all differntly motivated. The May-June edition of 'Australian Cyclist' has a four
page article by Perry Stone about his 57-day, 14,000 km cycle tour around Australia. It is a self-
indulgent waste of paper and the reader's time. Possibly the worst long article AC has ever
published. Perry Stone might as well have covered his 14,000 km on the local velodrome.

Simon Stainsby, on the other hand, has toured around Australia at a pace which suits him. Some of
his travelogue is at

http://cheshire.iinet.net.au/simon/bike.html

His motivation is not dominated by a relentless press on to the horizon (on his XYZ-equipped
machine with etc. etc. componentry...at a cadence of ...); on the contrary, his travelogue shows
that his machine, though valued, is not the centre of his travels; it is merely the means he uses
to achieve his ends.

Links to many other travelogues can be found at

http://www.pedalpower.org.au/rides/otherides.htm

This brings me to the the issue of how best to write a travelogue which can inform and delight
readers, not just one that lets friends know where one is and that one is still alive, but one that
throws new light on something or seeks to achieve some purpose. Simon manages something toward this
with his accounts of his interactions with 'locals' on his travels and his observations (loved his
comments on Canberra's architecture!). But his diary, despite its balance, seems to lack direction
and a larger purpose - a reason for posting it on the internet.

So what do you look for in cyclists' travel stories?

Keith
 

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Reason for posting on the internet....

Thanks for for the feedback.
I encountered you post whilst performing a vanity google search.

I agree with the sentement regarding posting my travelogue on the internet. Perhaps an explanation on how it ended up there will help fill gaps.

The log on the internet is a compilation of daily emails, a blog if you will. I used a pocketmail email device http://www.pocketmail.com.au) to keep in touch with friends and family whilst on the road. Each night (give or take a bit) I would write an account of the day as an email and send it to a friend.

The friend had would then forward the email onto friends and family. The web page athttp://cheshire.iinet.net.au/simon/bike.html is a post of the unedited log of those mails.

There are photos at
http://cheshire.iinet.net.au/simon/pics4simon/ which in a similar vein, are just data I accumulated on the trip.

Working the document into something with a 'theme' could take some time. :)

Its a long way between musings in a tent at the end of a 100km ride, and an article that meets the Australian Cyclist Submission Guidelines

For another travelogue, you can do a lot worse than Craig Giffen's Effort I met him in the Northern Territory and kept on bumping into him all the way to Perth.
 
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