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Desert Travels: Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa

Desert Travels: Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa [Kindle Edition]

Chris Scott
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"Desert Travels ... is a light-hearted and readable account of various journeys by motorcycle in the Sahara and West Africa, as the author graduates from empty-tanked apprentice to expert dune-cruiser and desert connoisseur." - Lonely Planet Guide to West Africa
"His half-dozen trips into the searing heat of a vast Saharan desert are more than just a man on vacation. They are a test of his fortitude, cunning and resourcefulness. Desert Travels is an entertaining tale of a modern-day adventurer, a man who sees a personal challenge and rises to it, again and again. Its pages are full of the kinds of stories that keep you reading far past your normal bedtime. Damn the cliché, but I really couldn't put it down." - Gord Mounce,
"Trust me, for three bucks you'll get a lot more enjoyment from this book than you will from a cup of Pike Place Roast." - Jonathan Hanson,

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Welcome to the Kindle edition of Desert Travels, originally written in 1996.
Today, following years of much increased trafficking, banditry and terrorist activities, as well as nomadic rebellions and outright revolutions, tourism right across Sahara has collapsed. But it wasn't always like that. Led by the glamour of the original Dakar Rally and the advent of desert-capable motorcycles and 4x4s, the 1980s saw adventure travel flourish in the Sahara of Niger, Algeria and Mali. It’s unlikely those days will return. For once I found myself doing the right thing in the right place at the right time.
Desert Travels covers my first six desert biking trips, starting in 1982 on a ratty XT500 and winding up about a decade later with a long and fractious ride from Algeria to Mauritania via Timbuktu just before Algeria went down the pan. But most of this book describes a motorcycle tour in 1989 when I managed to scrape together half a dozen riders to follow me in a cantankerous Land Rover deep into the Algerian Sahara. Only one returned still riding.
You’ll find photos, maps and other material about the journeys described at: A small run of Desert Travels is paperback will be available in early 2015.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00677KFRI
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After contributing to bike magazines in the 80s, I produced my first 'book' in the early 90s, a stapled A4 item called 'Desert Biking'. That evolved into the 'Adventure Motorcycling Handbook' (AMH), now in edition 6.1. While working at the Travellers' Bookshop in Covent Garden, I also researched the remoter half of Australia for Rough Guides and went on to update other RG titles. The Bookshop also published 'Desert Travels' about my my early Saharan adventures.
In 2000 I wrote 'Sahara Overland' for Trailblazer, as well as producing newer editions of AMH, the 700-page 'Overlanders Handbook' in 2011, and most recently 'Morocco Overland II'. I also occasionally enjoy updating Trailblazer's British walking guides.
In 2015 I'll reprint Desert Travels and publish 'Adventures in Motorcycling - Despatching through 80s London', an urban 'motobiography' paralleling the 'Desert Travels' era but telling quite a different story. More about that at

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Good story with a lot of examples on what not to do when crossing the sahara, and how to survive your mistakes ! A very honest account from a man who makes his living from travelling the desert.
A good travel story and a must read for anyone taking a vehicle to North Africa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have info for the traveller 28 Sep 2013
By Claire
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A very informative look at travelling Sahara and W.Africa. Amusingly written and easy to digest. It contains a realistic view of what can be expected of vehicles, people and the travellers themselves. A good blend of technical information as well as cultural and
Historic insights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well writen 17 Aug 2013
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well writen and informative. worth the purchase price. recommended. a map would make it more user friendly. will look out formore of his books
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