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Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Author: Neil Anderson

Genre: Travel

Overall out of 10: 9
Reviewed by Garuch

Partners in Grime details the first stages in his journey around the world on bicycle in which Neil, Sharon, and at times other friends cycle across Canada and dip briefly into parts of the US pedaling their way to their flight to Europe.

Neil invites us into his decision to join Sharon, his Chartered Accountant wife, on their journey to escape the surly bonds of suburban life by floating blissfully on rubber cushions wafted by friendly zephyrs across Canada. The reality he describes between the covers of Partners In Grime is another matter entirely. If the concentration of The Lead Goat Veered Off, was the wonderful acceptance on the part of the Sardinians of our stalwart pair, the focus of this journal is more the ardors and challenges facing a duo on their unsupported bicycling adventure into the unknown.

Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson

In covering the warm up phase of their adventure, Neil points out the real challenges of such a quest, matters such as finding food in a world that doesn't run on a cyclist's unpredictable schedule, the realities of headwinds, the storms, and the insects. All of which extract their toll from our heros. We endure their travails with them.



In what I have learned to be his style, Neils quickly disappears from the forefront of our experience. Although we view the events, challenges and hardships of the journey through his eyes, we truly have the sense that we are there, behind those eyes seeing what he sees. We feel the sweltering heat. We endure frying in the sun outside Dinosaur Park. We watch the ice encapsulate the tent poles and we see our breath form frosty crystalline patterns on the tent ceiling. We are there.

Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson

Subtly and without lecturing Neil presents a basic "how not to" of bicycle touring. We learn right alongside Neil, Sharon, Vickie, and Susan as they discover the importance of never passing an opportunity to eat, drink, rest, or shower. We realize that even the best laid plans can go awry. Such as when the town decides to freshly oil, or tear up a road that we intended to use, presenting us with a 50 mile detour. We learn adaptability, rejection, and inclusion at every turn. We learn that commercial campsites may not be the best, and that municipal pools have readily available showers, in season anyway.

Partners in Grime is the story of a shake down cruise and we end the book reminiscing with Neil as he comfortably wings his way to France on a jet liner recalling his practice run from Edmunton to Cypress Hills. At first I wondered at his decision to end this book with what should be the beginning. But, then it occurred to me that this section of the book was really that, a prequel, in an experimental travelogue style quite different from the rest of his prose, appropriate for reflection, and far different from his immediate "real time" style. Thus it is best presented as just such a reminiscence!

I enjoyed Partners in Grime immensely, but it is a quite different experience than the Lead Goat. This book deals with the riders and their discovery of the personalities necessary to see them through their journey. The Lead Goat deals with the more external experience. In the we spend the most time looking out, secure in our ability to persevere and survive, in Partners in Grime we learn that we can.


Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Partners in Grime: Escaping the Rat Race Cycling Across Canada
Author: Neil Anderson

Genre: Travel

Overall out of 10: 9
Reviewed by Garuch

Partners in Grime details the first stages in his journey around the world on bicycle in which Neil, Sharon, and at times other friends cycle across Canada and dip briefly into parts of the US pedaling their way to their flight to Europe.

Neil invites us into his decision to join Sharon, his Chartered Accountant wife, on their journey to escape the surly bonds of suburban life by floating blissfully on rubber cushions wafted by friendly zephyrs across Canada. The reality he describes between the covers of Partners In Grime is another matter entirely. If the concentration of The Lead Goat Veered Off, was the wonderful acceptance on the part of the Sardinians of our stalwart pair, the focus of this journal is more the ardors and challenges facing a duo on their unsupported bicycling adventure into the unknown.

Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson

In covering the warm up phase of their adventure, Neil points out the real challenges of such a quest, matters such as finding food in a world that doesn't run on a cyclist's unpredictable schedule, the realities of headwinds, the storms, and the insects. All of which extract their toll from our heros. We endure their travails with them.



In what I have learned to be his style, Neils quickly disappears from the forefront of our experience. Although we view the events, challenges and hardships of the journey through his eyes, we truly have the sense that we are there, behind those eyes seeing what he sees. We feel the sweltering heat. We endure frying in the sun outside Dinosaur Park. We watch the ice encapsulate the tent poles and we see our breath form frosty crystalline patterns on the tent ceiling. We are there.

Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson

Subtly and without lecturing Neil presents a basic "how not to" of bicycle touring. We learn right alongside Neil, Sharon, Vickie, and Susan as they discover the importance of never passing an opportunity to eat, drink, rest, or shower. We realize that even the best laid plans can go awry. Such as when the town decides to freshly oil, or tear up a road that we intended to use, presenting us with a 50 mile detour. We learn adaptability, rejection, and inclusion at every turn. We learn that commercial campsites may not be the best, and that municipal pools have readily available showers, in season anyway.

Partners in Grime is the story of a shake down cruise and we end the book reminiscing with Neil as he comfortably wings his way to France on a jet liner recalling his practice run from Edmunton to Cypress Hills. At first I wondered at his decision to end this book with what should be the beginning. But, then it occurred to me that this section of the book was really that, a prequel, in an experimental travelogue style quite different from the rest of his prose, appropriate for reflection, and far different from his immediate "real time" style. Thus it is best presented as just such a reminiscence!

I enjoyed Partners in Grime immensely, but it is a quite different experience than the Lead Goat. This book deals with the riders and their discovery of the personalities necessary to see them through their journey. The Lead Goat deals with the more external experience. In the we spend the most time looking out, secure in our ability to persevere and survive, in Partners in Grime we learn that we can.


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