A Pan American Odyssey
Cycling from the Arctic to the Andes
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Port Angeles, USA
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
San Salvador, El Salvador
Jaco, Costa Rico
Panama City, Panama
Grit, Gravel and Gear
Twenty-two stories in Grit, Gravel and Gear chronicle Dhruv Bogra’s epic solo ride on a touring bicycle named ‘Quest’. In 2016, Dhruv embarked on a journey of discovery, adventure and peril when he chose to plunge into the far end of the planet to fulfil a childhood dream to explore the lands and indigenous cultures of the Arctic, the Maya, the Zapotec and Aztec in Mexico and Central America, and the world of the Inca in Peru.
In this nugget of an adventure book, written during the lockdown in India, Dhruv leads us into the heart of the great wilderness of the Himalaya and the ‘last frontier’ that is Alaska, narrating fascinating adventures, many solo, experienced on the saddle of a mountain bike and with a pack on his back. Dhruv has explored wide open spaces and the remotest wilderness on his bicycle from the Old Hindustan Tibet Road in Kinnaur to the highest mountains in Sikkim. His seven absorbing stories reveal the magical weave of the Himalayan wild and the pioneering and resilient spirit of adventure cycling and the nascent culture of bikepacking in India. Away is about discovering raw freedom in the mountains, valleys and the great outdoors. Away is dedicated to the thousands of migrant workers who have endured great suffering in the pandemic, walking and cycling thousands of miles to reach their villages and to the millions of retail employees across grocery stores, restaurants and delivery services who braved the odds to leave the safety of their homes to serve the country.