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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-09-03

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On The Bookshelf


Spinning Around Europe

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Only 3 Weeks Left...

Cycling book steers tourists down the best
boulevards and back roads.

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ycle Europe

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ost Jewish boys usually get
a two-wheeler bicycle when
they're a youngster, ride it
for a few years, then move on to other
things. But former Southfield resident
Jerry Soverinsky has pedaled his bike
into a full-blown career.
For the past 18 years, Soverinsky, 39
and single, has hosted thousands of
travelers on European bicycle tours,
personally guiding about 100 trips. He
even opened his own travel business in
1990, CBT Tours of Chicago. He
employs 12 to 20 people, as needed,
to take people on about 200 trips a
Soverinsky, whose father and step-
mother, Dr. Louis and Sally
Soverinsky, live in Bloomfield Hills,
now has turned his cycling experiences
into a book, Cycle Europe: 20 Tours, 12
Countries (MBI Publishing Co.;
$19.95). It's a comprehensive and
informative guide to touring Europe
— taking readers, travelers and riders
into some of the most charming areas
of the continent. Not focused on just
one region or country, the 393-page
book compiles 20 of Soverinsky's
favorite tours. He provides details of
seven-to-10-day trips in 12 countries
— Austria, Belgium, the Czech
Republic, England, France, Germany,
Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
Scotland and Switzerland — including
route descriptions, notable landmarks,
historical overviews, food and lodging
to suit any budget, and sightseeing
He also offers tips on renting, pack-
ing, necessary equipment and first aid.
Illustrating all of these are numerous
maps, photos and charts. And he
throws in his personal, often humor-
ous, travel anecdotes and tidbits along
the way.
How does it feel to spend about half
of your life riding a bike through
Europe? "If I had a dime for every
time I had to check a map in front of
a 15th-century church, I'd be rich,"
Soverinsky muses, adding, "Nothing
beats camping in Europe — except, of
course, a nice hotel room."
On British money: "The penny,
five-pence, 10-pence and 20-pence

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Each of the tours includes information
on accommodations, restaurants and
sightseeing suggestions, as well as
Soverinsky's candid observations from
his extensive touring experiences.

coins are fine. Their sizes are manage-
able and well constructed. But the 50-
pence piece? Attach a handle and
you've got yourself a saute pan. And
it's not even round!"
On cell phones: "One of the truly
great questions I receive from U.S.
travelers headed to Europe: Can I
bring my U.S. cell phone to Europe?
To this I answer, 'Of course you can,
though it might not work.'"
The best way to describe Cycle
Europe is that it's like an AAA travel
guidebook with a sense of humor.
That's because Soverinsky also is a
humorist, attracted to comedy by
watching the Second City comedy
troupe in Chicago, then becoming a
comedy writer. He never tried to be a
standup comic, but now turns out
comedy pieces on a regular basis for
the National Lampoon magazine.
After his bar mitzvah at
Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
Southfield, Soverinsky went to
Southfield-Lathrup High School, then
honed his writing skills by obtaining a
communications degree from the
University of Michigan.
"I got an unplanned summer job
guiding teenagers on cycling trips

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