Synopses & Reviews
It was crazy. It was unthinkable. It was the adventure of a lifetime.
When Don and Dana Starkell left Winnipeg in a tiny three-seater canoe, they had no idea of the dangers that lay ahead. Two years and 12,180 miles later, father and son had each paddled nearly twenty million strokes, slept on beaches, in jungles and fields, dined on tapir, shark, and heaps of roasted ants.
They encountered piranhas, wild pigs, and hungry alligators. They were arrested, shot at, taken for spies and drug smugglers, and set upon by pirates. They had lived through terrifying hurricanes, food poisoning, and near starvation. And at the same time they had set a record for a thrilling, unforgettable voyage of discovery and old-fashioned adventure.
"Courageous . . . Exciting and always immediate." -- The New York Times Book Review
From the Paperback edition.
The true story of a father and son's epic two-year canoe trip from Winnipeg to the Amazon. In 1980, Don Starkell and his son left for the open sea and paddled nearly 20 million strokes while living through hurricanes, food poisoning, and near starvation. This diary, written on beaches and in the canoe, contains passages that are charming and compelling--a story that readers will never forget.