by Dominic Gill
In this book form of a documentary film of the same name, Dominic Gill chronicles his bicycle adventures from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, the northern- and southernmost inhabited reaches of North and South America, respectively, a distance of roughly 20,000 miles.
Before dismissing this book as another “bucket list” solo adventure story, know this: Gill made the journey on a tandem, picking up anyone willing to be the stoker for as long as they were willing to pedal.
This little twist not only raises eyebrows but also splits the book into two narratives that run concurrently: Gill’s journey and personal introspection and the interaction with his passenger/stokers. From Charlie, the young adventurer out seeing the world with his friends in a beat-up Land Cruiser, to Ernie, a 70-plus old widower who, in vintage cycling gear, gives all he has for over 50 miles, the stokers supply the pages with something that would be lost otherwise.
For its inspiration, humility, humanity, and humor, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an off-beat approach to the traditional touring story. $16.95 through Falcon Guides. –Stephen Haynes