An extraordinary travel/adventure tale. An undertaking against the odds. A journey considered by many as madness.
Yet, South African born Marianne Du Toit was determined to follow her dream - adamant that with only two horses for company, she should explore the Americas, travelling from Argentina to New York City over 21 months.
Limited equestrian experience, only one contact and an unknown continent, she persevered. Despite it being a journey of heartbreak, frustration, bureaucracy, loneliness, danger, and hunger, nothing stopped her from following her heart. Heart-warming encounters with local people combined with many hair-raising and dangerous moments make this book a page-turner.
It's a simple tale, which explores the complexities of the human and equine spirit and indeed the marriage of the two. Both are pushed to the limits on this revealing epic journey, with very happy and very sad consequences. Courageous yet fragile, worried yet full of conviction, amongst people yet often lonely, carefree yet feeling unsafe - these are the themes which form part of the writer's physical and psychological journey into the unknown.
Her adventures had a powerful message - you can overcome the impossible if you are determined and positive. Humour and a 'taking everyday as it comes' attitude helped a great deal too. Her story, told with sincerity and warmth, is bound to capture the readers' imagination. It is a story to be enjoyed by the young or old, fellow adventurers or those who simply prefer to explore the world from the comforts of their armchairs.
More than 100 coloured pictures complete this unique story.
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About the Author
Following graduation in 1992 with a BA degree, majoring in political science and psychology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Marianne travelled and worked extensively throughout Europe for three years. In 1995, she single-handedly planned and embarked on a three month cycling tour of Europe.
In 2002 The TATA (Travels across the Americas) Challenge was conceived. It was an epic journey which involved Marianne travelling solo with two horses from Argentina to New York over a 21 month period.
Crying with Cockroaches, an account of this extraordinary adventure is her first book.
As the idea for her adventure evolved, Marianne realised that it could also help others and chose to use it to highlight the lack of therapeutic riding facilities in Ireland. She is currently a director of Pegasus, a therapeutic riding centre in Sligo.
Marianne campaigns for animal rights by supporting the DSPCA and other welfare organisations. She is particularly interested in drawing attention to the cruelty involved in the production of foie gras where ducks and geese are force-fed (by the insertion of metal pipes in their throats) over a twenty one day period. She also supports the movement to ban fur farming in Ireland.
Table of Contents
Planning and Hoping 13
Lone Ranger in Buenos Aires 28
Eyes on the Horizon 54
We are Three Again 66
More Days in Argentina 99
Bolivia Beckons 126
Indian Territory 142
Hunger Pangs and High Mountains 170
Sweat and Horseflies in Beni 213
Forty Days and Forty Nights 247
Calls of the Gran Sabana 266
On a Jet plane 304
More Foreign Lands 322
Strange Days 336
Welcome to America 364
Useful websites 413
Spanish Index 414