Willie Weir is like bouncing along on the back of his bike, hanging tight
to this poet/guide who knows just which potholes offer the most travel
thrills and hits them expertly."
— Rick Steves, author of Europe
Through the Back Door
Bicycles are the real
world's equivalent of magic carpets! In Spokesongs, Willie Weir uses
his to capture moments of sublime grace along the thinnest lines on the
map, and in doing so redefines adventure. Whether pedaling the war-torn
Balkans, where he's greeted with extraordinary kindness by Serb and Croat
alike, dancing in a festival atop the mountains of India, or using his
skills as a juggler to get out of a dangerous spot in tribal South Africa,
he is a gentle ambassador of travel.
But he is an ambassador on a
budget—able to magically turn a couple of scones into a three course meal
and known to disrobe in exchange for discounted camping fees.
Spokesongs is an
inviting world frequented by deeply felt humor and unabashed gestures of
hope. Willie Weir, who figuratively—and at times literally—sings the
glories of the bicycling life, has gathered his favorite verbal songs of
the road from three epic journeys.
A truly delightful collection,
Spokesongs is an unforgettable journey into the heart of the
world. By the time you've turned the last page you may find yourself
dreaming about giving notice, packing up and pedaling off into your own
adventure. The author can't think of a higher compliment.