Walking the Gobi

Walking the Gobi

A 1600-mile Trek Across A Desert of Hope and Despair

Book - 2007
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At the age of 63, Helen Thayer fulfilled her lifelong dream of crossing Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Accompanied by her 74-year-old husband Bill and two camels, Tom and Jerry, Thayer walked 1600 miles in 126-degree temperatures, battling fierce sandstorms, dehydration, dangerous drug smugglers, and ubiquitous scorpions. For more than 60 days Helen struggled to keep moving through this inhospitable terrain despite a severe leg injury. Without sponsors, a support team, or radio contact, hers is a journey of pure discovery and adventure. Walking the Gobi takes readers on a trip through a little-known landscape and introduces them to the culture of the nomadic people whose ancestors have eked out an existence in the Gobi for thousands of years. Thayer's respect and admiration for the culture of the Gobi and her gentle insights on the desert's natural history shine throughout this remarkable story. The author proves that Baby Boomers don't have to take life lying down -- their adventures have just begun.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781594850646
159485064X
9781594851124
1594851123
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm

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SherryNeufeld
Jan 11, 2018

I enjoyed this. Very informative about the people, animals and vegetation in the Gibi Desert.

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Yavin
Nov 29, 2017

A decent account of Thayer's trek across the Gobi with her husband. Written in journalistic fashion, I found the interactions with the natives to be the best parts. The rest is good but lacks an impressive writing style to make it especially stand out. Still, a good enough read for travel buffs to look into.

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mclarjh
Jun 26, 2017

The writing is ordinary, the author has no special insight, and the account is a little dull, but I still enjoyed reading about the adventure.

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