At the Whim of the Open Road – Now Available from Amazon and select book/cycling shops
At the Whim of the Open Road is the story of William Bennett’s journey across Europe, Asia and Australia, from Limerick to Sydney, the first stage of his attempt to cycle around the world.
After five long years of planning and saving, he takes the leap, venturing out into the world with nothing but a tent and some personal belongings strapped to his bicycle. With one pedal stroke he sets in motion his dream of cycling around the world, leaving his comfortable life behind for one of uncertainty and danger on the open road. His goal: to pedal every inch of the way across the inhospitable deserts, towering mountain ranges and dense jungles of our planet.
Along the way, he faces incredible adversity, including wild animal attacks, debilitating tropical diseases, corrupt officials, robbery attempts and near-death experiences. Yet, more importantly, he witnesses the raw beauty of this special planet and its people, breathing in all the wonder that the world has to offer; all of it heightened as he traverses the open roads of the world alone on a humble bicycle.