Julia’s Reading Challenge for 2019
On 1 April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam – cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and eventually home. A year later, Sarah was plucked from the Pacific ocean after tropical storm Mawar, her boat broken, her spirit even more so.
But that wasn’t the end. Despite ill health and depression, giving up was not an option. So Sarah set off once more to finish what she had started, becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the treacherous Aleutian chain and cycled North America, before setting out on the Atlantic, despite the risk of another row-ending storm…
Dare to Do is more than an adventure story. It is a story of the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel; a story of the raw power of nature, of finding love in unexpected places, and of discovering your inner strength. It is about trying and failing, and trying again, and about how, even when all seems lost, you can find yourself.
Introduction from Goodreads.
|You don’t realise how much goes into an adventure such as this until you read the full story. The team and organisation of the whole trip were amazing, but so was Sarah’s true grit to get the job done. The book is written extremely well and I enjoyed the mix of humour, the descriptions of the terrain and the characters she meets along the way. Some parts of the book I read quickly so I could find out what happened, and other areas of the book I simply absorbed as my mind went on the journey with her.
Fab book. Great read, and very “human”.
What an achievement! Well done Sarah