Monday, March 03, 2014

Lois On The Loose

The books, adventures and general escapades of Lois Pryce

Emdad Rahman

Lois Pryce is a travel writer and broadcaster, best known for her books of her solo motorcycle journeys through the Americas and Africa. She is also co-founder of the Adventure Travel Film Festival.

In 2003 Lois left her job at the BBC to ride a 250cc trail bike 20,000 miles from Alaska to the tip of South America. Upon her return she wrote the book of this trip, Lois on the Loose, which was published around the world. 

Itchy wheels struck again and in 2006 she rode the length of Africa. Her book of this awesome adventure, Red Tape & White Knuckles is the nail-biting, rip-roaring tale of Lois' solo African adventure, riding and crossing the vastness of the Sahara desert, the lawless jungles of the Congo and the minefields of Angola.

In 2013 she made a solo motorcycle journey around Iran, which was the subject of her talk at this year’s Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. I was there to here her stories of life on the road in the Islamic Republic and surprised at what she discovered.

Her month-long journey took her across mountains and deserts, from remote villages to the death-defying traffic of Tehran – home of the world’s most dangerous drivers!

Lois found herself welcomed by the Iranian people wherever she went, despite their surprise at finding a lone female motorcyclist in their midst. Above all, Iran proved constantly surprising – a sophisticated land of warm, friendly people, and a world away from the images of flag-burning, extremists that we so often see. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping the day job for a life on the road, Lois on the Loose is for you.

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