Not a cyclist or a traveler, Matt Blake left his home in the rain to ride around the world.
In 2009, while riding down the Pacific Coast from Tacoma to San Francisco, Nick and a friend met Matt on the roadside. He was eating a large pot of porridge and reading a soggy paperback. They spent the next two weeks traveling together. Matt had already ridden 18,000 miles across Europe and Asia, and south from Alaska. He continued to the southern tip of South America, north through Africa and back home. He carried an inflatable globe and a black marker to share his trip with the people he met. After four years, the lines around the globe finally connect at his home in Banbury, England.
In 2013 he published I’ll Be Home Before Christmas. Matt Blake is stubborn and he knows it. He breaks his bike a lot. He spends months in anguish after he rejects the girl he loves. He carries a full sized can opener and a chain whip. This is a really honest book about four years of Matt’s life. And he’s a damn fine writer.
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Nicholas Carman, Alex Dunn, Matthew Blake in Portland, OR, 2009 (Photo: Matthew Blake)