A Viking Voyage: In which an Unlikely Crew Attempts an Epic Journey to the New World

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Ballantine Books, 2000 - Travel - 305 pages
"A Viking Voyage" is the remarkable story of Hodding Carter's three-year quest to re-create Leif Erikson's voyage to North America, dodging polar bears and icebergs on an open-decked wooden ship resembling an oversized canoe. Carter takes us from the moment the idea first occurred to him, through the building of the boat in Maine, the assembling of the ragtag crew, and finally the hardships and splendors of the voyage itself.By turns thrilling and slapstick, sublime and outrageous, "A Viking Voyage" is an unforgettable adventure story that takes the reader to the heart of the most magnificent, unspoiled territory on earth, and even deeper into the heart of a journey like no other. A celebration of the people and places Carter visits and a treasure trove of fascinating Viking lore, this is a mesmerizing story of friendship and teamwork -- and of accomplishing a goal that once seemed impossible.

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W. Hodding Carter, an epicure of adventure, has spent his life seeking new physical and mental challenges. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Carter attended Kenyon College and spent two years in Kenya with the Peace Corps. His highly acclaimed pieces for Esquire, M Magazine, Outside, and other national publications have taken him to Burma, to Wales, and into the thick of the Louisiana Oyster Eating Contest (in which he placed second). He is also the author of the book Westward Whoa: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark. He currently lives in Maine with his wife and three daughters.

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