SOCIAL SCIENCES

South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

NeWest Pr. Oct. 2019. 256p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781988732633. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781988732640. TRAV
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Hackinen, a writer who has recently experienced success as an ultraendurance cycling record holder, pens an account of her bike journey adventures along the Pacific Coast of North America that originate in British Columbia and terminate in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The author is joined early on by her sister and together they pedal their way south through multitudes of flat tires, a wide range of topographic challenges, ever-changing weather conditions, and sometimes less-than-desirable camping experiences. Over the thousands of miles, the two sisters forge a strong familial bond that had been missing throughout most of their childhood. Near the close of the book, the two siblings realize their goal of riding to the beaches of Cabo will result in disappointment. Instead, they decide to stop and take advantage of less tourist-filled areas of Baja California Sur. Pictures help transport readers into the various stages of their expedition.
VERDICT Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.

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