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Oct 15, 2009
"Pedalling a Dream by Lee Darwell" You must read this book! It is an account of an extraordinary 3000 mile journey made by Lee Darwell on a bicycle travelling from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia to Berisso in Argentina by way of Chile. The journey takes him through some of the remotest parts of the world, twice across the Andes, down the Pacific Ocean of Chile and through the Pampas of Argentina. It is an amazing record of the geography and politics of the three countries, the characters he met en route, and the poverty found in Bolivia, Of course, Darwell encounters the dangers caused by wild dogs, robbers and drunk drivers, he survives remote campsites, appalling hostels (which seem to be mainly frequented by prostitutes), bad food and dysentery. However, what does pleasantly come across in the book is the extent of human kindness he experiences in all three countries. The book is very well written and includes many useful photographs. It's a great read. Peter Fauset
"arduous journey" Lee Darwell gets it into his head to cycle solo 3,000 miles from Bolivia through Chile to Argentina. The trip is neither physically nor mentally well prepared, and the bicycle suffers many mechanical difficulties. Lee is an amusing observational writer, and parts of the resulting account are very funny indeed. The journey is undertaken as a kind of ‘rite of passage’ and there is an obvious attraction to danger. People en route through Bolivia, Chille and Argentina seem to understand the purpose of the trip, describing it as ‘worthwhile’ and ‘beautiful’. Overall this book is engrossing, funny and unexpectedly life affirming.
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