On Wheels, On Foot and On Crutches
The mere thought of traversing any part of the African continent in a Land Rover with only two other companions is a daunting proposition… that is until the Indiana Jones element within Penny Lees kicked in one day and announced that she was to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Notwithstanding the various irritations whilst travelling through rural France, the Pyrenees and southern Europe, these paled into insignificance when faced with the climatic and cultural hurdles encountered in Africa.
Everything has its price they say… price is dependent on how much money you have… especially when out of food in the middle of the Sahara. From the author’s diary entries, this enthralling epic, plotting Penny Lees’ journey, offers the reader a clear picture of the problems that can be encountered. Nevertheless, complimenting this are the colourful and variegated landscapes along with equally colourful and different ethnic people.
This is a charming and frank account of a trip across Africa in a Land Rover by a 21 year old woman and her two companions in the 1970s. An engaging and absorbing read which I found hard to put down and was sorry when I came to the end and the adventure was over. The author portrays well all the highs and lows of the journey and the many surprises and pitfalls along the way. You can feel you’re there with her experiencing the beauty, culture and life of this amazing continent. Well worth a read for all travel enthusiasts.
“much enjoyed reading this book”
I have much enjoyed reading this book. The writer takes you with her on her extraordinary journey as she faces the various joys, wonders, frustrations, setbacks, fears and sometimes perils of such a tremendous trip, often through inhospitable terrains. Interwoven with this are all the characters she meets along the way, some friendly and fascinating, some threatening and intimidating.
I recommend this book as being a compelling and absorbing read.