Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Epic Bike Trip Around the Maritimes, Step 1:  Get inspired!
A fourth-grade book report

Remember back in the fourth grade, when you read books and then wrote a book report?  (Or maybe didn't read books and then wrote a book report?)  Blog post #1 is a bit like that because I got inspired by a book.  It's called Llamas and Empanadas: 5,000 kilometres by bicycle through South America by Eleanor Meecham. 
The Salar de Uyuni Bolivia - imagine biking across that!

        The Main Character is a young woman, 28 years old, from New Zealand.  The Plot involves cycling up and down the Andes twice, to the tip of Patagonia with gale-force winds and freezing temperatures, through a desert, up more mountains, and across a dry sea of salt to the highest city in the world!  All of this is done mostly over rough, pot-holed roads that sometimes inexplicably vanish altogether.  One of my favourite quotes from the book, attributed to the author's brother as good, sibling advice, is: "Leave home.  Move cities.  Go travelling."  Alright!  :)    You have to admit, though, that in comparison, two months around the Maritimes comes off as rather tame.  Or at least that's what I'm trying to convince my family!

1 comment:

  1. good book.
    And don't have to justificate the comparison....The maritim may just be a first step for someting bigger, someday...maybe con lamas y empanadas^^.
    Si tu veux, pour convaincre ta famille, j'ai toujours la lettre que j'ai écrite pour convaincre la mienne pour le Canada (ça peut inspirer)^^