Michael Maine

On Vélo chronicles Maine’s hapless bicycle trip across the English Channel with his friend Maggie, a romantic optimist “born 30 years too late”. The two concoct an ill-prepared cross-country journey into the heart of rural France in a quest for freedom and adventure, dragging their bunch of motley international friends along for the ride. Maine’s observations on humanity while smoking his way through the countryside, and the group's Beat-generation lifestyle, makes On Vélo a captivating portrayal of longing and timeless friendship in the formative years between youth and adulthood.

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Michael Maine

On Vélo: Chapter One

On Vélo begins with a major bike incident: a snapped chain 30 miles outside of Bristol with no repair shop in sight. This motley crew of Antipodeans only wanted to see a rock concert in Toulouse. A haphazard trip down to Plymouth to board the French-bound ferry gives them the reality check they never wanted: questionable camping, unsavoury post-war towns, train rides, and DIY repairs - all in the first 3 days - sets the precedent that they are in way over their head. And yet, the group's spirit remains high, as they realise this is going to be more than just an ordinary trip.

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20190827 214458

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