From the Back Cover
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 amid 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.
This was Nicky H’s book for January as part of the #12booksin12months reading challenge.
“I listened to Sarah Outen talk at the Women’s Adventure Expo in Bristol in October 2016. I had known about her journey and that she had a book coming out soon, but listening to her talk I fell in love with the way she was so humble and honest about what she had achieved and decided that it was going to be on my list as soon as it was out. I also love real life adventure stories, ones that inspire you to get up and out there.
The book is beautifully written, it follows her journey covering all the practical elements of fundraising, logistics and packing but the best is how Sarah almost comes out of the book herself to tell you her story. You see every vista and feel every stroke of the pedal and oar. You get an insight into the mind of an incredible adventurer and what it really takes to pit yourself against the worlds greatest oceans and most desolate landscapes.”
L2R Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟