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Driven Together: Historic First Crossing of Asia's New Highway to the West
     

Driven Together: Historic First Crossing of Asia's New Highway to the West

by Richard Meredith
 
A ceremony at the Asian Commission of the United Nations in Bangkok opened the door to one of the most important journeys of modern motoring. British adventurer, charity fund-raiser and road safety campaigner Richard Meredith, was invited to become the first driver to 'road test' a full crossing of the new Asian Highway network that had been a dream of the nations of

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A ceremony at the Asian Commission of the United Nations in Bangkok opened the door to one of the most important journeys of modern motoring. British adventurer, charity fund-raiser and road safety campaigner Richard Meredith, was invited to become the first driver to 'road test' a full crossing of the new Asian Highway network that had been a dream of the nations of the East for 50 years.

The trip of excitement and danger, achieved in an Aston Martin and with a touch of James Bond-style panache, is a first-hand account of a journey of the future that is sure to be followed by millions of travellers and traders in the years to come.

But this is more than just an adventure story. It raises many profound questions about the 'unintended consequences' of the new Silk Road, and adds greatly to the globalisation debate which is of such importance to us all.

Flashback to a 12th century monk painstakingly crafting the world's first illustrated road atlas, and fast-forward to the future when traders and tourists from the East are making their way to Europe and the West in a car journey of comfort and speed.

It sounds like a time-traveller's tale of fantasy. But this is a real-life story.

Richard Meredith and co-driver Phil Colley, two adventure-loving Brits, road-tested a record-setting journey from Tokyo to London when they made the first-ever car crossing of the new Asian Highway.

And they did it in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, personal transport of the company's CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

Their trailblazing trip on a route that follows many of the Silk Roads of old, takes them from Japan through the wilds of China and the volatile states of Central Asia, before joining Europe's motorway network at Istanbul.

The Asian Highway, little-known as yet in the West, is one of the most important developments in road transportation for centuries. But while its purpose is to increase trade and eradicate poverty, there are serious warnings of modern-day hazards ahead.

Will it make life easier for gangs in the drugs and sex trade, people traffickers and illegal migrants? A conduit for the spread of disease? Another source of congestion and pollution?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780954143244
Publisher:
MercuryBooks
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Meredith is a former national newspaper journalist and business magazine publisher who took to writing adventure travel novels when he found himself at a crossroads in life.

His first book, One Way or Another, came after what he called 'A Gap Year for Grown-ups' in which he visited six Continents on a restless odyssey that brought him into a catalogue of scrapes and misadventures.

Undaunted, he then took a family hatchback from the UK to South Korea in Which Way Next on a hair-raising journey that included an unscheduled drive through Afghanistan's Khyber Pass just weeks after the US invasion.

Like this latest trip across the new Asian Highway, Richard tries to harness publicity from his adventures in generating funds for charitable causes. Over the last 20 years he has helped to raise more than $600,000 for sick children, orphans and those in danger.

He has also published an anthology of his experiences as an author to help new and aspiring writers.

When not travelling, Richard lives in a century-old, former farm-worker's cottage in Buckinghamshire, England, with a pub at the end of the lane.

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