Into Thick Air

Into Thick Air

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With plenty of sunscreen and a cold beer swaddled in his sleeping bag, writer and botanist Jim Malusa bicycled alone to the lowest point on each of six continents, a six-year series of a€œanti-expeditionsa€ to the a€œanti-summits.a€ His journeys took him to Lake Eyre in the arid heart of Australia, along Mosesa€™ route to the Dead Sea, and from Moscow to the Caspian Sea. He pedaled across the Andes to Patagonia, around tiny Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, and from Tucson to Death Valley. With a scientista€™s eye, he vividly observes local landscapes and creatures. As a lone man, he is overfed by grandmothers, courted by ladies of the night in Volgograd, invited into a mosque by Africaa€™s most feared tribe, chased by sandstorms and hurricanes a€” yet Malusa keeps riding. His reward: the deep silence of the worlda€™s great depressions. A large-hearted narrative of what happens when a friendly, perceptive American puts himself at the mercy of strange landscapes and their denizens, Into Thick Air presents one of the most talented new voices in contemporary travel writing.Ita#39;s a 21-speed with a 13-30 rear cluster, a 26-42-45 crankset, bar-end shifters, front and rear racks, panniers, ... a screwdriver, a six-inch crescent wrench, several Allen (hex) wrenches, a spare tube (but not a tire), a tube repair kit, an air pump, anbsp;...

Title:Into Thick Air
Author: Jim Malusa
Publisher:Counterpoint - 2010-07-01

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