Robert Downes

Author Robert Downes has been inspiring readers to pursue their dreams of travel and adventure for nearly three decades.

Mr. Downes has backpacked through more than 70 countries, sharing his experiences in two round-the-world books. As a cyclist, he has bike-packed across Europe, the British Isles and the United States in addition to cycling many other countries on every continent but Antarctica. Those experiences led to his thriller, Bicycle Hobo, and guidebook, Biking Northern Michigan.

A 1976 journalism graduate of Wayne State University, he served as a reporter and editor for various Michigan newspapers before launching the alternative Northern Express Weekly, in 1991. He sold the publication in 2013 to pursue book-length projects.

He and his wife, Jeannette, live in Traverse City, Michigan.

Book Reviews by Robert Downes

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To the world at large, Galway summons thoughts of one of Ireland’s most idyllic destinations, with rows of quaint shops and pubs leading down to the sea and the Spanish Gate in lanes filled with mu