Tim Moore The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail
Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore ('Bill Bryson on two wheels,' according to the Independent) tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.
Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northermost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky bike through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.
Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces, and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his bike are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods.
Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the Cold War generation reared on fear of apcalypse.
Three months, 20 countries and a 58 degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older, and wiser, but mainly older.
Sunday 22nd October 12.45
Dorset County Museum