This is not a story about cutting off body parts to survive, or going to brink of existence in an unforeseen twist of fate. This is an adventure born from watching old movies and programs of people living and travelling in the Alaskan/Canadian wilderness. It is a story of a solo quest to get to Alaska by kayak with very little experience, surviving in the wilderness along the way; it's a story of learning to believe in yourself when some others think you're crazy, of putting one foot in front of the other each day, and of trusting your wits to get you out of a situation if it all goes wrong. Some describe it as crazy, some say it's a spirit quest. All I know is that I needed to do it, so I did.
There is a youtube video diary of the trip you can check out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8dDAGu96BAw
If its a bit long for you here is the teaser video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zLxoZjSd0-g
In 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, a young Canadian television writer and his artist friend were prowling the docks in Montreal in search of a munitions ship headed for blockaded Cuba.
Their goal was to sign on as crewmen, as a first step in their planned journey of adventure around the world.
Instead, they find themselves signed on to a Norwegian freighter bound for Africa.
Thus began a journey that took them from Montreal to Capetown South Africa, and finally by jeep
through thirteen countries of colonial Africa to Cairo, and on to thirty other countries.
On the way, they drive through countries in turmoil, walk into the middle of a riot, travel to remote locations, meet fascinating tribes, sleep on the ground, get chased by elephants, attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, and camp on the Serengeti Plains during the great animal migrations. Falling in love with Africa, its' peoples, its' animals, its' incredible scenery, and intriguing cultures, makes an engaging tale, as two city boys from the Canadian prairies talk their way through border controls as they head north on the toughest route they can find, in a battered jeep and with little money.