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Kapp to Cape: Never Look Back

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This was a wild ride,both literally and figuratively. The author who loves adventure and has a passion for raising money for schools in Madagascar, decided he wanted to try biking from the northernmost part of Norway, Nordkapp, to Cape Town in South Africa, slightly over 11,000 miles. He met a person who actually worked with him, who wanted to do the challenge as well, so Reza and Steve start their ride in Norway through, Finland, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and into South Africa. They are hoping to do it in 100 days and become a record holder on Guinness world records. Reza had already accomplished one record, crossing the Sahara Desert on a bicycle.
Reza, the author who had been working in London, tired of the rat race and anxious to be on an adventure again, did not realize how hard this journey would really be, not just the riding but civil unrest in a few of the countries, encountering illnesses, poor riding conditions and dehydration, were some of their challenges. Despite some disagreements and setbacks, Reza and Steve, had a journey that they will never forget and a friendship that will be everlasting.
This really was a fun adventure to follow.
I want to thank NetGalley and Summersdale Publishers Ltd for the Advanced readers copy.
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Loved this book! Fascinating recount of an 11,000-mile bike trek from the Arctic Circle to Cape Town, South Africa - well written and well edited.

I've long been a fan of books based around personal challenge adventures whether it's completing the Continental Divide trail, isolated living in the Alaskan wilderness, trekking across Australia with a string of camels or a family sailing the South Atlantic. Pakravan's Kapp To Capp is a standout in this genre; one that I will remember and recommend for a long time to come.

Few would ever imagine hopping on a bicycle to pedal through three continents let alone take on the additional challenge of completing the feat in 100 days. Also consider that portions of the route where through some of the greatest unrest in the world.

Accompanied by his friend Steve, the two cyclists confront - and, overcome - an amazing array of situations: deluges of rain, searing desert heat, border and police checkpoints, stoning by children, rioters' gunpoints, drivers playing chicken, potholes, roads unworthy of the title, thieves, night riding, wild animals, malaria, dehydration, food poisoning, personnel conflict, schedule delays.

Pakravan skillfully weaves in the positive aspects found along the journey; gracious hospitality from strangers all along the way, technical and medical support, police protection, playful children, fleet runners escorting the riders from town to town, encouragement and pure joy for what they are endeavoring to achieve. All told with perspective, humor and intersection without diving into personal drivel and angst. 

From the watchful eyes of reindeer in the Norwegian birch forest to elephants in the African savannah Pakravan takes the reader along on a powerful journey. Loved this book!
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