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Later: I hadn't realized that the focus here was on a Guinness record-setting trip from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay - the southern tip of South America to the northern tip of North America. This tended to put a lot of pressure on Cahill and Gary Sowerby, as they made plans, ran into bureaucratic stumbling blocks, dealt with changes of weather, breakdowns, political situations, stomach upset, and more.
That said, there were plenty of entertaining bits about the countries they traveled through, some of them during the more leisurely planning stages and some during the actual trek. I got a kick out of the chapter "Bus-Plunge Follies," set in Ecuador - not that I wanted any tragic plunging-bus accidents, but because I'd recently read The Panama Hat Trail, which was set primarily in Ecuador and had its own series of bus-plunge anecdotes; I guess it really is a regular feature of driving on the narrow, twisty mountain roads there.
Cahill's writing style is breezy and snarky - and sometimes quite revealing, in the "too much information" way, most notable when he's seriously drunk or hungover. But he gets serious here and there as well, describing some of the darker aspects of local history - the treatment of the indigenous peoples, for one, and some of the less well-intentioned US intervention for another. But the main focus is on the trek and on the people encountered along the way. And it filled the purpose of a good travel book for me - it took me to places I'll never see, and made me feel as if I'd been there!
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