If you define "adventure travel" as anything that's more fun to read about than to live through, then Tim Cahill's Road Fever
is the adventure of a lifetime. Along with professional long-distance driver Garry Sowerby, Cahill drove 15,000 miles from the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego to the northernmost terminus of the Dalton Highway in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from one end of the world to another, in a record-breaking 23 1/2 days. Just like the authors' camper-shelled GMC Sierra truck, the narrative bounces along at a relentless pace. Along the way Cahill and Sowerby cope with mood swings, engine trouble, Andean cliffs, obstinate bureaucracies, slick highways, armed and uncomprehending soldiery (not to mention the challenges of securing O.P.M., or Other People's Money--the sine qua non
of adventure, Cahill observes). Author of such off-the-wall travelogues as Pass the Butterworms
and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh
, Cahill is equipped with the correct amalgam of chutzpah and dementia to survive what can only be called "The Road Trip From Hell." Readers, however, will thoroughly enjoy themselves.
"A travelogue with an attitude, a road book with a ragged edge and purely gonzo sensibilities" (Los Angeles Times
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