Paperback - The University of Gravel Roads - Global Lessons from a four-year motorcycle adventure

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The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons from a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure.  Written and narrated by Rene Cormier, founder of Renedian Adventures.

Pull up a chair around the fire and settle in to listen to a mesmerizing tale as Rene Cormier brings you along on his round-the-world motorcycle trip. Never one to get bogged down in excessive details, he does it the old-fashioned way: no sponsors, no support vehicles, and no idea about what he is going to learn along the way.

Published in 2011, UGR highlights Rene’s four-year solo-motorcycle journey that took him around the world.

At the end of a great day of riding and exploring, have you ever wanted nothing more than to fall asleep, exhausted from new experiences, only to wake up the next day and do it all again? And again? And again?

Join the adventure as 33-year-old Rene Cormier politely removes himself from the working world that surrounds him and cashes in what few possessions he has to finance a three-yearlong motorcycle journey around the world. Never one to let excessive planning get in the way of a good ride, Rene runs out of money half way through the tour and ultimately takes five years to cover his 41-country, 154,000-kilometre (95,000-mile) route.


Written with equal measure of cultural insight and travel logistics, this light travelogue brings you alongside Rene as he pulls off the ride of a lifetime, doing it the old-fashioned way; no sponsors, no support vehicles, and no idea about what he is going to learn along the way.


About the Author

At 33 years old, Rene Cormier cashed in his physical world to finance a four-year around the world motorcycle tour. The travelogue of that ride, The University of Gravel Roads won the Bronze medal in the 2010 Independent Book Publishers awards. The book was also the winner of the 2011 DaVinci Eye award, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and Independent books.

It is his first book.

Rene and his South African wife Colette split their time between their home in western Canada and guiding motorcycle tours in southern Africa, Mongolia, South America and Canada. He joined the Ted Simon Foundation's Committee of Advisors in 2012.

Product details

  • ASIN : 0981337112
  • Publisher : RENEDIAN ADVENTURES LTD (January 1, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780981337111
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0981337111
  • Item Weight : 595 g (21 oz)
  • Dimensions : 11 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
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