‘One Long Summer: A journey around the world’ by Mark Dalton
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The story of one man’s journey to achieve a long-held ambition, One Long Summer tells the tale of lone traveller, Mark Dalton’s overland adventure around the world by motorcycle. The plan for this year-long excursion was conceived while recovering from major heart surgery, a shift in priorities that led Mark into a whole world of adventure and discovery. It is an absorbing tale of the reality of modern day overland travel which includes the highs and the lows. It is the, sometimes the alcohol-induced, musings of travelling alone across the world’s great open spaces, the dry plains of Kazakhstan, the Trans Siberia road and the ferocious inferno of the Australian outback. In the end, the original reasons became a moot point and the journey itself became the purpose. The point is escaping constant social media connectivity and finding what is really important in the ever-increasing triviality of a 24 hour news-fed world, where the real people of a country welcome a stranger with open minds and hearts.