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Quest For Adventure. Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration

Chris Bonington

ISBN 10: 0792279522 / ISBN 13: 9780792279525
Editorial: National Geographic Society, Washington, 2000
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HB DJ First USA Edition. October 2000. See my pic. DJ not clipped. Dark blue cloth boards, Silver titles spine. 352 pages. Packed with remarkable f/c & b/w photos. Some of the most extraordinary feats of the past 50 years - record setting climbers, sailors, kayakers, cave divers, polar explorers, aviators. Entertaining and fascinating book. Condition: DJ tips marginal rub, otherwise like new. N° de ref. de la librería 002673

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Título: Quest For Adventure. Ultimate Feats of ...

Editorial: National Geographic Society, Washington

Año de publicación: 2000

Ilustrador: Various

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First.

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A New England-born author and journalist describes his nine-month, ten-thousand-mile journey through Australia by bicycle, detailing the cattle stations, mining towns, Aboriginal communities, rain forests, deserts, and other sights of the Australian Outback. 25,000 first printing.


It's not every day that a fellow decides to pack in a good job, pack up his saddlebags, and set off by bicycle to make a circumferential journey around Australia. In 1996, that's just what American-born Time magazine correspondent Roff Martin Smith did, though; as he explains, he'd been living in Australia for 14 years but didn't really know the country, and he "felt no emotional bond to it." About to turn 38, a few pounds over his ideal weight, and untested as a distance bicyclist, Smith faced up to considerable odds, but he survived to tell the tale.

And a rollicking tale it is, as Smith meets with an odd assortment of humans and critters along his sometimes torturous path. (One all-too-long stretch of road, for instance, he calls "the most dangerous and frightening I've ever had the misfortune to ride: a suicide run of hammering trucks, heavy construction, muddy detours, and lane closures.") Smith logs time in crocodile country, too, in the far northern Australian rainforest, where he counts the awful moments until antediluvian doom strikes. It never does, and in any event the crocs are nothing compared to the errant sheep, emus, kangaroos, and death adders he encounters, to say nothing of the 108-degree gusts euphemistically referred to by local weathercasters as "sea breezes"--none of which poses quite the dangers that his fellow humans offer out on the beery highways of Oz. Difficult though the journey is, Smith keeps up his good cheer throughout these lively pages, and, if he's not quite unflappable, he's certainly a sympathetic narrator.

Expanded from his popular three-part series in National Geographic magazine, Smith's pedal-powered epic is an instructive manual for anyone contemplating a life-changing journey--and, for the rest of us, a highly enjoyable, altogether unexpected tour of the outback. --Gregory McNamee

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