On The Road With Geoff And Jules

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
christmas eve 1959. geoff and jules hit a low point in calcutta. what to do? they try hitch-hiking across asia on what would later be the hippie trail - with glittering generals, weirdos, wrestlers and mad fundamentalists. they upset the military in darjeeling, are reborn in the ganges, jailed in afghanistan, dodge the savak in teheran, get drunk in Macedonia, wind up in 1960s london and party on. More

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About gerry virtue

Gerry lives with his wife, Pamela, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, a region of towering, sandstone escarpments, deep valleys and superb bushland. Although born in New Zealand, he has lived in Australia for many years. As a pharmacist he established a pharmacy on the NSW South Coast, before changing occupations. Later, with a business partenr, he set up a Sydney-based outdoor adventure company with a business partner and operated tours and expeditions to the Himalayas, leading treks throughout Nepal and the Karakoram Mountains. In Australia his company pioneered commercial hot-air ballooning, rafted Tasmania's Franklin River, ran camel safaris in Central Australia, ballooning safaris in Victoria and cycle tours in China.
The company mounted an expedition to make the first successful hot air balloon flight over Mount Everest and produced a documentary of the event. When he hung up his trekking boots he began to write, completing his two ‘Kathmandu’ novels, a travel book on the early Hippie Trail and two books on travel through the high Karakorams. In the Blue Mountains he is now content to gaze out across a deep valley, framed by spectacular sandstone escarpments, to distant hills and grasslands. Most mornings before writing, he finds the time to hike along bush trails and enjoy the superb birdlife.

Reviews

Review by: Erl O'Connor on May 28, 2012 :
As a long standing fan of Gerry Virtue's writing, I had high expectations of this book and he delivered in full.

Brings back times of travel before the world learned of the Internet. A true description of the oddities, charms and characters encountered when two lads take off to travel through SE Asia across to Europe without any concrete timetable nor any cash to speak of.

Taking the time to soak up the side streets, meet and spend time with the locals these two provide an original and hilarious view of backpacking in the 60s. Well worth the read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Virtue on May 27, 2012 :
Excellent and original read! All the backpackers in the world that travel overland - these guys did it first!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Virtue on May 27, 2012 :
Excellent and original read! All the backpackers in the world that travel overland on the cheap - these guys did it first.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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