Bettina Selby decided to travel the 4500 mile length of the Nile valley by herself, from the Mediterranean Sea to the great lakes of Central Africa. She designed a special, bright-red "all terrain" bicycle, which took her from the pyramids, the great temples of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings to the Nubian Desert, from Cairo and the hospitality of remote Nile-side villages, to the starving refugee camps of Southern Sudan and from the world of international aid to the terrifying child-soldiers of Uganda. This book describes her impressions of Egypt and her experiences of travelling alone.
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A solitary traveler on her red, all-terrain bicycle, London-based Selby ( Riding to Jerusalem ) narrates the kaleidoscopic journey that took her the length of the Nile. Traveling to the river's source, she observed at close range the many faces of Africa, the varying degrees of hospitality, some bureaucratic indignities and the odd happenings that are the lot of the intrepid, but "there was no occasion on which a sudden glimpse of the Nile didn't result in the lifting of the heart and a falling away of petty concerns and irritations." In Selby's trip from Alexandria to Lake Victoria, her communion with her well-equipped vehicle, with the overpowering monuments of ancient Egypt and their dubious modern counterparts, evokes admiration not only for the author's spirit of adventure, but for the acuity of her perceptions en route--particularly of foreign aid programs. Her book will bring pleasure to the armchair traveler. Photos.
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