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The Rugged Road: Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Wallach , Barry M Jones
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The remarkable story of two women, the first in the world to drive the length of Africa, and the first to cross the Sahara on a motorcycle. London to Cape Town overland by motorcycle and sidecar, pulling a trailer. No roads, no back up - just straight across the Sahara through equatorial Africa, and South to the Cape - in 1934/35, without even a compass! Undeterred by nomads, sand drifts, heat, rain, rivers, breakdowns and politics, Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron completed a journey that might well defeat a modern motorcycle, and Florence even rode back as far as the Sahara! From oasis to oasis arguing with the French Foreign Legion for permission to continue, and winning; fashioning a tow hitch for the trailer when it broke in the desert; rebuilding the entire engine from scratch in Agadez: meeting gorillas, lions and snakes on the road, staying in African villages and meeting an amazing variety of friendly and helpful people. Not to mention having an accident in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) with the only car seen on the road. This second edition contains rather more information on the life of Theresa Wallach and especially her travels in the USA after here amazing journey to Cape Town. It also contains a few additional photos and where new information has come to light this has also been included.

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Of the many moto-adventures I have enjoyed, none stands out like Theresa Wallach's super excellent The Rugged Road --Miles Davis in Walnecks's June 2006

The courage and confidence of these most unusual women make this story well worth reading --WOW - Women on Wheels

Reading the book first and then watching the film lends a novel dynamic to the total experience. This is pure English eccentricity allied to serious resolve. --Street Biker

About the Author

Theresa Wallack was, until her death in 1998, a well known motorcycle rider and trainer in the USA. She wrote one of the best early works on motorcycle riding with the emphasis on safety, 'Easy Motorcycle Riding'. Less well known is the fact that she was one of only three women to lap Brooklands at over 100 mph. She held a degree in engineering from University College, London and worked as a despatch rider and engineer during the war years. She moved to the USA in 1947 where, after some further travels, she started her own company importing bikes into the US.Later she opened her motorcycle riding school teaching a generation of motorcyclists how to ride safely and with skill. Theresa was also a founding member of the still flourishing , Womens International Motorcycle Association where she was Vice President and later International Vice Captain of WIM from 1947 to 1977. Barry M Jones is the author of the definitive book on Panther and P&M motorcycles - The Panther Story - published by Panther Publishing Ltd. He is also the librarian to the Panther Owners Club and has a keen interest in industrial archaeology. Barry researched and wrote the biographies of Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron and also edited the typescript.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6801 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00912AX00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SPLENDID TALE OF OLD STYLE ADVENTURE 2 Sept. 2007
Well after searching for adventure motorcycle books , i came across this one. A fantastic tale of an epic journey from London to Cape Town by two extraordinary ladies on a Panther motorcycle with sidecar & trailer ! At a time when women sat at home & knew their place ,it makes this story all the more amazing, their journey across the sahara sums this tale up . When modern travellers are worried if they get no mobile phone signal these two women showed just what real adventure travel was.Highly recommended , a damn good stiff upper lip , lets make a carburettor needle out of an old stick type of boys (womens ?)own yarn.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rapid reading 5 Aug. 2009
For anybody interested in motorbike travel you should find this a detailed and heroic travel book, although I suspect the author has barely
scratched the surface of what these young women went through, it out lines a different age and culture , barley recognisable from todays comfort zone of getting around, and at a time when "Ladies" just did,not do this sort of caper .They take a New Panther motorcycle and side car plus a trailor ,and with out any real idea of what lays ahead, and against the advice of just about everybody set off, from London to the Cape. Its a good read ,I would think if you were not all that keen on bikes you would still enjoy this book, and I would recommend it .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable adventure 3 Feb. 2009
Forget Ewan & Charlie with their support crews researchers and the rest.What these girls did unsupported was incredible. If you like true adventure, even if you don't like bikes, buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the rugged road 19 Oct. 2009
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a great read. the story of how terese wallach and her friend florence blenkiron travelled the length of africa on a panther motorcycle with sidecar and trailer.a real boy's own adventure only it involves 2 women,it says something about thier adventureous spirit in the 1930s.a book i really recommend reading,whether your interest is motorcycles,travel or both. i read it in a couple of days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring.... 29 Sept. 2009
This is simpy a jaw-dropping adventure tale which covers an amazing journey across Africa on a Panther motorcycle with sidecar and trailer in the 1930's. The two women display incredible courage and determination, and cope with the dangers and difficulties with grit and a good deal of humour. It makes other more contemporary accounts of mortorcycle travel seem like joy rides.
My only criticism is that on occasions the the books suffers from some garbled sentences, but given that it was put together from notes and other sources this does not detract from the sheer magnitude of Teresa and Blenks's journey. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - and recceomend it highly to anyone interested in travel writing, motorcycle journeys, or indeed anyone wanting to be inspired! Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real adventure motorcycling! 22 Sept. 2008
Wow. These gals were tough! An epic trek from the Home Counties to South Africa in the 1930's, displaying real ingenuity and pluck. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Panther Combination and Camping Trailer 16 Dec. 2009
Splendid Book, in Combination with the DVD/VHS you take part of this amazing Adventure of two Ladies on their very special journey overland from london to Cape Town by a PANTHER Motorcycle, pulling a trailer to camp on. No Roads 1935, no back up and no compass!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DaveC, Author of, 'Pack Your Bags and Get Out'. 17 Jun. 2011
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I have been an avid reader of motorcycle adventure for more years than I dare to recount, so when I saw this book 'recommended for you,' I thought it deserved a look. The journey undertaken by Theresa and 'Blenk' down the length of Africa is astounding for many reasons. To leave the 'normal' world far behind and travel accross deserts and some of the most inhospitible terrain in the world, in 1935, on an untested single cylinder motorcycle and sidecar, pulling an enormous trailer, with zero backup, would take some guts today never mind back then. But our two intrepid lady travellers faced the hardship, long hours, mechanical breakdowns, language barriers and countless difficulties with determination and a smile. These two women were acomplished motorcycle travellers and racers, so knew how to handle their machines, but that fact takes nothing away from this fantastic adventure. The book is well named and equally well written and, like all good books, ends with a somewhat sobering sting in the tail!
Highly reccomended, one of the best travel books ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and great story.
Read this! Well written and great story.
Published 1 month ago by L. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought it for my son he enjoyed reading it
Published 3 months ago by Kate Gatens
4.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing motorcycle adventure by two bonkers ladies
Another amazing motorcycle adventure by two bonkers ladies. Not quite as gripping as The Shimmering Dream, but worth a read anyway to glean some insight into the politics of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by HT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by K. verran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book and am very impressed with the ladies.
Published 5 months ago by Debb
5.0 out of 5 stars An courageous travel saga about two amazing women
When I was researching motorcycling adventures to read, I was really delighted to come up with some absolute gems, this being one of them. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eliza Conquest
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent a1 Barry Jones made it happen before and after loved the story will read the book again so much happened
Published 12 months ago by C. H. Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Would one attempt this Adventure today?
Definitely no because of the Civil unrest and industrial wars that are been wagered along the route. A magnificent feat, performed by magnificent ladies of their time
Published 16 months ago by C. G. Watson (Cyril the Squirel)
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough info on the bike.
The book was not as interesting as I expected. Too much of the same thing found it boring, glad I read this first.
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Norman Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged Road
A great read from a great time, a golden age! I recommended this to any keen motorcycle traveler with an interest in the golden age of travel.
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Scott Mitchell
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