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 converted war-surplus amphibious jeep, in a position to touring on water in addition to land. regardless of the bad or non-existent roads, innumerable mechanical problems, and delays whereas imprecise yet beneficial records have been processed, the couple reached their southern vacation spot in 18 months of go back and forth. integrated are 38 pages of maps and illustrations.
From the dust-jacket:Helen and Frank Schreider are actual adventurers. Their dream used to be to force the size of the Americas, from the city 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 heritage 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 talents in their amphibious jeep. l. a. Tortuga, have been placed to a rugged attempt through the eighteen thrill-packed months the Schreiders have been lower than 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 usually rears up in an impenetrable wall, and the natives simply shake their heads and say. “Turn back.” Undaunted, the Schreiders hacked their manner with machetes throughout the steaming jungles of southern Mexico, have been compelled to place out throughout the substantial surf into the faraway from pacific Pacific, island-hopped around the reef-ribbed Caribbean, rode out a typhoon at sea, and crawled to nearly 16 thousand ft within the Peruvian Andes. they're the 1st to have reached South the USA in a wheeled motor vehicle 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 in the course of the Panama Canal and to have pushed as much as the port captain's door to choose 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 risk. lots of their points of interest are preserved in Frank's impressive photos 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 booklet full of the chuffed glow of discovery, the convenience, allure, and resolution of its younger authors, and the fascinations and romance of remote areas. The Schreiders met and have been married whereas in college—UCLA, the place Helen used to be learning portray and Frank was once learning engineering. After their go back from this excursion Frank used to be elected to club within the Explorers membership. they're now engrossed in plans for his or her subsequent experience. Dinah has indicated that she wish to pass along
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