Desert Snow is the story of one girl, one bike and 1,000 beers in Africa. By daring to follow a dream and not letting fear prevail, Helen cycled across the Sahara, Sahel and tropics of West Africa, paddled down the Niger River in a pirogue, hitch-hiked to Timbuktu and spent three months traversing the Congo, which she thought she may never leave... A lot can change in 2 years, cycling 25,000km from England to Cape Town. So can nothing. Helen takes you with her on the journey through every high and low of her memories and misadventures. She describes a continent brimming with diversity that is both a world away from what she knows and yet not so different at all.
A wonderful account of a young woman's cycle from Morocco to South Africa. You can't help but admire her tenacity in undertaking such a daunting journey. Her philosophy of living "in the moment" is inspiring. You get an insight into places that, like me, you probably know so little about, such as Mauritania, Guinea and the Congo. Unfortunately some parts are covered rather briefly or missed, including a trip into Dogon country in Mali which would have been fascinating to read about. I am now looking forward to reading her account of cycling across Siberia.
I liked how unbiased the author was in her perspective on Africa and all the people she met. I felt like I was exploring western Africa myself. It amazed me how safe she was out there in the wild and in cities by herself - made me believe in the honesty and goodness of people a little more, at least the people in west and South Africa. I also wondered if she would have been less safe if she were not white; she mentioned a few times that she was granted privileges because of her white skin. Lloyd is tough and uncomplaining; her journey was incredible. I'm glad she shared.
This book permeates the joy of cycling and the adventure of a woman alone cycling through Africa. You live the adventure as ndctbe transformation with her. Very profound, phylisophucal view of the continentet
Her novel had so much potential. Her adventure is original and daring, making it a compelling journey. However, he tone lacks emotion, she is vague about herself / narrator, and it makes it a bit of an empty novel.
An excellent read. If you thought of Africa as a land of dangers and corruption, Helen explodes these ideas with her anecdotes of generous people she meets and the kindness of the general populations. One can only applaud her physical strength in completing this journey and her remarkable mental fortitude to press on through unknown dangers.