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Their mission – a 15,000 mile road trip from the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina to the northernmost end of the road in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in less than 24 days. Renowned adventure travel writer Tim Cahill tried a different type of adventure, partnering with professional long-distance driver Garry Sowerby to try to set a Guinness world record for the drive. The resulting book is a different type of travelogue. He starts with the preparation for such a journey, outlining the challenge of funding the trip, of preparing a vehicle (a GMC Sierra truck) to handle those kind of conditions, and figuring out the best way to approach the bureaucratic nightmare of border crossings. The travelers survive on coffee and milkshakes and face a lack of sleep, mood swings, dangerous roads, and curious soldiers. Like all of Cahill's work, it is a funny and honest view of the highs and lows of their adventure.
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Tim Cahill is a celebrated adventure travel writer and an editor-at-large for Outside. His work has appeared in a number of national publications including National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times, and Esquire. Learn more about Tim Cahill here.
"You might imagine that beyond the last road sign there would be a warning or legend such as ancient mapmakers placed on unexplored portions of the globe: "Here there be dragons." But no, the last messages civilization imparts to drivers seeking the end of the world are: keep to your right, watch the curves, don't let rocks fall on your car, and, finally, twenty tons is about all the last bridge in the world can handle."
- Tim Cahill, Road Fever: A High Speed Travelogue
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