Bearback

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, Nov 9, 2010 - Motorcycle touring - 450 pages
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Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset.Bearback is the story of two GPs who did just that, downing stethoscopes to take off on a motorcycle to see the world. For anyone who has considered escaping the rat race, even for a second, it’s an inspiring read.Across the deserts of Africa, over the mountains of the Andes, deep into the jungles of Indochina, and beyond the Arctic Circle; 100,000 miles unsupported through six continents and 64 countries. A circumnavigation of epic proportion it was to become one of the longest journeys ever undertaken by a couple on one motorcycle, a journey destined to change their lives forever. Undoubtedly a story of high adventure, determined resourcefulness and personal discovery, it is also a tale of freedom and love.Capturing not only the beauty and diversity, but also the spirit of our fast-changing world, with its outstanding photos and inquiring prose, Bearback has the uncanny ability to take you there…dirt, dust, flies and all.
 

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Contents

FAREWELL ENGLAND 1 Oneway Ticket
1
AFRICA
2
Marrakech Kiss
5
Sahara
11
So You Are Explorers
22
Mali Gold
39
Southern Africa 103
43
An Elf a Chief and a King
53
CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA 26 Moon Babies
279
Weed Famine
290
Deliverance
300
AUSTRALIA
309
Back to Reality
314
Space and Time
321
Kakadu
334
Wild Frontiers
341

Whispers in Timbuktu
62
Tuareg
73
Seventeen Miles a Day
79
Voleur
92
Were Not Going to Make It
96
White Men in Africa
104
Snakes
118
Natures Drum
128
Ho Ho Ho
135
SOUTH AMERICA
150
A Continent Awaits
151
El Fin del Mundo
166
Huskies Glaciers and Condors
180
Ruta Quarenta
190
German Assistance
200
Salt and Silver
216
The Worlds Most Dangerous Road
227
Egypt of the Americas
241
Lonesome George
257
Guerrillas in Our Midst
264
Raffles Rubber and Rambo
361
The Killing Fields
374
Southeast Asia 360
380
Mekong Mist
389
City of Bicycles
401
Sinking
411
Humbled
424
Lure of the East
439
Are You a Christian?
454
Persian Pride
464
Iran Sorry Iran
475
Bosphorus Bound
483
EUROPE
485
Aurora
497
Full Circle
510
Epilogue
513
Kit List
515
Mileages
520
Acknowledgements
521
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Born in 1964 and qualifying as a doctor in 1988, Pat Garrod was never your typical GP. An inveterate traveller, he has worked in Australia, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe. Over the past fifteen years, despite a serious motorcycle accident in his early twenties, he has ridden four times across Africa and circumnavigated the globe, always two-up. He lives with his wife in Dorset. They both still practise medicine.

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