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Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents by Jim Malusa

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 continent, a six-year series of "anti-expeditions" to the "anti-summits". Malusa's first trip took him to Lake Eyre in the arid heart of Australia. Next he followed Moses' route from the valley of the Nile to the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea, and then raced aginst winter through Russian farmlands, from Moscow to the Caspian Sea. Later journeys found him pedaling across the Andes to Salina Grande in Argentine Patagonia, and around the tiny Djibouti in the Hor of Africa to the "pits" by riding from his Tucson home to Death Valley. With a scientist's eye, Malusa considers the lives of thorny devils and jumping cactus. As a lone man, he was overfed by grandmothers, courted by ladies of the night at the Hotel Volgograd, invited into a mosque by Africa's most feared tribe, served up chilean barnacles and road kill kangaroo, serenaded by toads and dingoes, pursued by sandstorms and hurricanes - yet Malusa kept riding. His reward: the deep silence of the worlds great depressions. A large hearted narrative on what happens when a friendly, perceptive American puts himself at the mercy of strange landscapes and their denizens, Into thick Air is a reading experience of pure pleasure from a distinctive new voice in travel writing.

319 pages PB


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