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20,000 Miles South, A Pan American Adventure, first released in 1957, is the inspiring tale of Helen and Frank Schreiber (and their German shepherd, Dinah), who effectively journeyed from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. The couple entire this in a transformed war-surplus amphibious jeep, able to touring on water in addition to land. regardless of the terrible or non-existent roads, innumerable mechanical problems, and delays whereas vague yet helpful records have been processed, the couple reached their southern vacation spot in 18 months of trip. incorporated are 38 pages of maps and illustrations.

From the dust-jacket:Helen and Frank Schreider are real adventurers. Their dream was once to force the size of the Americas, from town of Circle, Alaska (just outdoor the Arctic Circle), to the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego. Dinah, their German shepherd, went with them. they're the 1st humans in background to have made this journey. They got here again with a whale of a story.

A examine Helen Schreider's map will express that the seagoing and mountain-climbing skills in their amphibious jeep. l. a. Tortuga, have been placed to a rugged try out in the course of the eighteen thrill-packed months the Schreiders have been below approach. they did not simply force from Circle to Ushuaia—much of ways there are not any roads. some of the rivers that slice in the course of the jungle are unbridged; the jungle itself frequently rears up in an impenetrable wall, and the natives simply shake their heads and say. “Turn back.” Undaunted, the Schreiders hacked their method with machetes in the course of the steaming jungles of southern Mexico, have been compelled to place out throughout the great surf into the faraway from pacific Pacific, island-hopped around the reef-ribbed Caribbean, rode out a storm at sea, and crawled to just about 16 thousand ft within the Peruvian Andes. they're the 1st to have reached South the US in a wheeled car lower than its personal power.

La Tortuga served them good and got here away along with her percentage of honors: she's the 1st “ship” ever to were weighed in on dry land for passage throughout the Panama Canal and to have pushed as much as the port captain's door to select up her pilot.

Everywhere the Schreiders went from picnics between Inca ruins to embassy cocktail events, lifestyles one of the San Blas Indians to Christmas vacations as visitors of a Patagonian sheep rancher — they have been faced with fascinating attractions and sounds and scents and a clean problem to their adaptability and transparent considering within the face of chance. a lot of their points of interest are preserved in Frank's remarkable pictures and Helen's good-looking drawings. The sounds and scents, too—and their reactions to them, and to the delights and perils they discovered alongside the way—are captured at the pages of 20,000 Miles South. it is a ebook packed with the satisfied glow of discovery, the convenience, attraction, and backbone of its younger authors, and the fascinations and romance of far flung areas. The Schreiders met and have been married whereas in college—UCLA, the place Helen used to be learning portray and Frank used to be learning engineering. After their go back from this excursion Frank was once elected to club within the Explorers membership. they're now engrossed in plans for his or her subsequent event. Dinah has indicated that she wish to cross along

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