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Seeking both adventure and a connection with their forebears in other countries, Canadian couple Julie and Colin Angus embarked on a 4,300-mile trek that would take them through 12 countries. Rowed Trip, told in alternating voices, records this epic trip made on amphibious rowboats that also carried bikes for land travel. Readers witness the couple's struggles and triumphs Seeking both adventure and a connection with their forebears in other countries, Canadian couple Julie and Colin Angus embarked on a 4,300-mile trek that would take them through 12 countries. Rowed Trip, told in alternating voices, records this epic trip made on amphibious rowboats that also carried bikes for land travel. Readers witness the couple's struggles and triumphs as they brave 40-knot winds in Scotland, survive a near-shipwreck off the Turkish coast, and feast on a Ramadan dinner in Aleppo. Rowed Trip offers travelers and dreamers an exciting, inspiring story of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.


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Seeking both adventure and a connection with their forebears in other countries, Canadian couple Julie and Colin Angus embarked on a 4,300-mile trek that would take them through 12 countries. Rowed Trip, told in alternating voices, records this epic trip made on amphibious rowboats that also carried bikes for land travel. Readers witness the couple's struggles and triumphs Seeking both adventure and a connection with their forebears in other countries, Canadian couple Julie and Colin Angus embarked on a 4,300-mile trek that would take them through 12 countries. Rowed Trip, told in alternating voices, records this epic trip made on amphibious rowboats that also carried bikes for land travel. Readers witness the couple's struggles and triumphs as they brave 40-knot winds in Scotland, survive a near-shipwreck off the Turkish coast, and feast on a Ramadan dinner in Aleppo. Rowed Trip offers travelers and dreamers an exciting, inspiring story of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

30 review for Rowed Trip: A Journey by Oar from Scotland to Syria

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tuck

    quite an adventure tale: make your own boat w/trailer, pull that with your bike, and when you hit the water or canal, put your bike in the boat and paddle. camp out mostly. and do that from john o groats to Aleppo. Julie Angus and her husband do just that. in like 5 months. sheesh. i like my history and politics a little less naive though so only gets 3 stars. colin angus has ridden and paddled around the world in one trip. julie angus paddled across the Atlantic unassisted, so these folks know quite an adventure tale: make your own boat w/trailer, pull that with your bike, and when you hit the water or canal, put your bike in the boat and paddle. camp out mostly. and do that from john o groats to Aleppo. Julie Angus and her husband do just that. in like 5 months. sheesh. i like my history and politics a little less naive though so only gets 3 stars. colin angus has ridden and paddled around the world in one trip. julie angus paddled across the Atlantic unassisted, so these folks know how its done. the route down the Danube is much better described by Patrick Fermor, fyi

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike Fantauzzi

    Rowed Trip is a great husband-and-wife-team adventure story. It was very interesting to read about the various cultures of Europe as well as the differences in how they accept/embrace human-powered transportation. For someone who enjoys peddling, paddling and travelling, this information was both fun to read and useful for future travels. The co-authors meeting their extended relatives in their respective homelands was a nice personal touch. I would definitely read more by Colin & Julie.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ew Lake

    I enjoyed the writing the further I got into the book. The first few chapters were too much of, "First we went here, and then we went there." I enjoyed the writing the further I got into the book. The first few chapters were too much of, "First we went here, and then we went there."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe White

    This book is more oriented toward a travelogue narrative than an adventure how-to guide. However it is very contemporary. it covers a unique travel method on or near rivers in Europe that while are historic, are seen from the instant look of a fast travel-through traveler seeing and dealing with today's (2008/2009) political and environmental conditions. There are quite a few details of Great Britain's, France's, Germany's, and other eastern Europe canal and river navigation system for small boa This book is more oriented toward a travelogue narrative than an adventure how-to guide. However it is very contemporary. it covers a unique travel method on or near rivers in Europe that while are historic, are seen from the instant look of a fast travel-through traveler seeing and dealing with today's (2008/2009) political and environmental conditions. There are quite a few details of Great Britain's, France's, Germany's, and other eastern Europe canal and river navigation system for small boats. Interactions with the indigenous populations and food serving details shed light for someone considering travel to these specific areas. I was hoping for more of the boring technical "how-to" details of the boat construction and handling as well as more complete details of loading and travel weights. Clearances, passports, maps, and shipping were mentioned, and some web links for reference were provided at the end of the book but I would have preferred that they provide more of the main course of the book. I did like the summary statistics format provided at the end where each country and waterway route were summarized. The mention at the end of the book when entering Syria, regarding shipping was especially enlightening. Particularly regarding the loss of the ocean rowing boat described in "Rowboat in a Hurricane", due to Costa Rican bureaucratic red tape. The family investigation which served as the backbone purpose of the trip only provided a reason for the destination and route, but provided little of interest to me, resulting in those personal sections being skimmed. The book is well written from an articulation standpoint and the reading flows easily and naturally from section to section.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Martha☀

    I have read all the adventures of Colin and Julie and each one makes me admire their collective sense of adventure even more. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they discuss ideas for new adventures! Imagine coming up with the idea to link their two ancestral lineages through a bike and boat journey! Imagine trying to design and build a boat that would be sea-worthy enough to manage a crossing of the English Channel, large enough to carry 7 months worth of gear, agile enough to negotiate I have read all the adventures of Colin and Julie and each one makes me admire their collective sense of adventure even more. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they discuss ideas for new adventures! Imagine coming up with the idea to link their two ancestral lineages through a bike and boat journey! Imagine trying to design and build a boat that would be sea-worthy enough to manage a crossing of the English Channel, large enough to carry 7 months worth of gear, agile enough to negotiate narrow rivers and light enough to be towed by bicycle over mountainous passes! Imagine trying to research the countries, route options, visas, traditional customs and keeping a website updated as you travel. Imagine the fluidity of thought required to deal with countless unknowns - like lazy Scotland locks-keepers and unknown rules for obtaining Turkish visas. These two travellers tell a great story of yet another amazing adventure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Khadija

    This is the second book I read from Colin Angus, and like "Lost in Mongolia' it was quite interesting. I liked all this information about the countries they went to, the people they saw, the funny and scary moments they lived. Also it's easy to read. A book worth reading. This is the second book I read from Colin Angus, and like "Lost in Mongolia' it was quite interesting. I liked all this information about the countries they went to, the people they saw, the funny and scary moments they lived. Also it's easy to read. A book worth reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jilanna

    Started 2 July 10. 5 July 10 - I loved Colin's book about their previous adventure, Beyond the Horizon -- about the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth -- and was so excited to find this at Westminster Books on Friday. Finished ~14 / 15 July 10. Started 2 July 10. 5 July 10 - I loved Colin's book about their previous adventure, Beyond the Horizon -- about the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth -- and was so excited to find this at Westminster Books on Friday. Finished ~14 / 15 July 10.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    I have read all of Colin Angus' books of his world travel adventures. also Julie's recent ROWBOAT IN A HURRICANE -- account of her trip (first & only WOMAN to row Atlantic Ocean) I have read all of Colin Angus' books of his world travel adventures. also Julie's recent ROWBOAT IN A HURRICANE -- account of her trip (first & only WOMAN to row Atlantic Ocean)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Greenway

    This was my first book I read by Colin and Julie Angus and I am hooked. The conversational tone made this a captivating read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MEGAN C

    So many adventures!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    What an entertaining and fun read. A great story of a couple traveling and the highs and lows during the journey of a lifetime.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wade Allan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chad Dalrymple

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anruhs Tibia

  17. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dan Gerritsen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alison Dennison

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erika Robin

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    Caleb Horst

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anneli

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Runzer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paulette

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renee Fleming

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Bazowsky

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth Taylor

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Murray

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