Author(s): Anne Mustoe
A myriad wonderful characters people the pages of Anne Mustoe's latest book, as she pedals along three very different, but equally evocative, roads - the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Adriatic, the Santa Fe Trail from the Missouri River to New Mexico and the Pilgrims' Way of St James from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela.
By her usual standards, these are three short, easy rides, the longest a mere 2,000 miles, but they are all journeys rich in history, made through spectacular landscapes and cities.
Amber is the oldest jewel known to man, prized for its magical and medicinal powers as well as its beauty.
The Santa Fe Trail is part of the legend of the Old West - of gold prospecting and the trade in furs.
In medieval times the journey to the shrine at Santiago de Compostela was known as 'taking the cockle', and the cockleshell of St James is still carried by today's many pilgrims to the site. First published 2005.