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Red Tape and White Knuckles

Lois Pryce
Random House


To most thirty-something women, walking across the street to get a skinny latte and the latest copy of heat in excruciating high heels is an all-terrain task in itself. But Lois Pryce isn't just any woman - nine to five and post-work white wine spritzers have never been her thing. Unafraid of a challenge - having already ridden her motorbike from Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America - she decided she could never be one to settle for a last minute package holiday in Viva Espana. So, she began the kind of adventure most of us could only ever dream of. Donning her sparkly crash helmet and armed with her trusty maps and a baffling array of visas, Lois got on her bike once more to make an impressive international journey. Alone. No support vehicles, no fancy GPS and no satellite phone.Leaving from London, finishing in Cape Town - and the small matter of tackling the Sahara, war-torn Angola and the Congo Basin along the way - this feisty independent woman's grand trek through the Dark Continent of Africa is the definitive motorcycling adventure. It was certainly never going to be easy but, equipped with a formidable strength of character and an immense passion for life, Lois Pryce's astonishing achievement is an inspiration to us all. She paints a vivid picture of travelling through the vast African landscape. Colourful and hilarious, "Red Tape and White Knuckles" is an action-packed tale about following your dreams that will have you packing your bags and jetting off into the sunset on your own adventure before you know it.



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Lois Pryce 2007 by Victoria Warren


Lois Pryce has done it again a wonderful travel novel of her trip from london right down through Africa from top to bottom.

Reading this book at times I had to agree so much with the title Red Tape and White Knuckles. I think my knuckles would have been red raw and my legs and all my bones shattered if I had attempted just one third of that journey. Well Lois's will power and her absolute determination to do this trip is defineitely beyond most people. She tells funny stories about the people she meets but also has the scary pieces when she is crossing areas when border guards 'say where's your husband you can't go there your a woman' and many more comments on those lines. How lucky we are in the west that we can do things as a woman that other countries would not credit a woman doing. Well Lois has done them all and proved the MEN wrong.

The terrain and the areas she chose to travel through as a person on her own were just amazing and she did it with no support crew, just with wonderful people who popped up to help when she needed them most. Couples travelling the same routes, individuals who just appeared and lead her to a safe place to sleep or get petrol when there seemed no where to get help.

This is one travel book I could not put down because of her way of making the rough road seem exciting and excilarating. The adventures run along at such a breakneck speed, so that you have to keep on reading especially when she is given a five day visa to get through Angola and its over 1200 miles from one end to the other. This is a near impossible task with the wet and pot holed tracks, no proper roads and through a war torn area with some areas still containg land minds. One day she only managed 50 miles in 4 hours and she was getting desperate and then someone just appeared and took her down the route/track avoiding the pot holes and got her to within 270 miles of her final checkpoint/ border control and Lois made it with just 15 minutes to spare at the end of the fith day.

I think I felt for Lois when she finally reach Cape Town and stood at the most southerly point of South Africa and had her photo taken to prove she had done it. Well done and I wonder where she will go to next and will she take her husband with her this time for company?


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