Desert Travels, Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa - Kindle Edition

Author: Chris Scott
Edition year: 1996
HorizonsUnlimited reviews:

Excellent book on the Sahara, if you're heading that way this is required reading. Goes great with his The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (see above) - Grant

Rating: 5 / 5

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The yellow, 1996 paperback is out of print. A new Kindle version was published in 2012 for just £2.

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Product description
Desert Travels covers Chris Scott’s early Sahara motorcycle trips in the 1980s, starting as a clueless 21-year-old with an on a Yamaha XT500. The book finishes about 7 years later, following a fractious ride from Algeria to Mauritania via Timbuktu with ‘Steve’, just before nomad rebellions swept the central Sahara in the early 1990s.

But most of Desert Travels describes his Sahara Motorcycle Tour of 1988, when he managed to scrape together five guys to follow him and a cantankerous Land Rover support vehicle for a month through the Algerian Sahara. Like it says: five set off, only one came back riding.

Amazon review of Desert Travels
Very evocative guide to touring Sahara, clearly based on personal experience. The author brings out the conflicts between motivation and practicality and the real need to chose one's traveling companions carefully. The comments on the mode of travel and the equipment are very down-to-earth.

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