From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7. A readable, personal travelogue of the experiences, hardships, and triumphs of a bicycle trip from the northern coast of Africa to the continent's southernmost tip. In 1992, Dan Buettner and his brother, Steve, assembled a multiracial and multinational team of bikers to accompany them on their journey from Tunisia to South Africa, and, along the way, into the Guinness Book of World Records. As the author's journal counts off the days that have passed and the miles successfully covered, he also chronicles the team's encounters with local people and setbacks endured because of injury, climate, and politics. In addition to the numerous full-color photographs, maps are nicely used to record the forward motion, including the elevation of the terrain. What is most evident is the dogged determination of the author to accomplish his goal. Readers cannot help feeling that some of the decisions to carry on, while they turned out positively, could just as easily have been disastrous. Nevertheless, this account gives an opportunity to experience vicariously a brief visit to far-off places, and an exciting adventure as well. A book that should find a general readership in most libraries.?Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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