Wednesday, 13 January 2021

The Road to Damascus in a Ford Escort

Motorcycle on the road to Damascus in Syria
Motorcycle. Road to Damascus, Syria. The Raven Brothers ©

There are roads to drive that could change your life, and for the past two decades UK authors, The Raven Brothers, Chris and Simon Raven, have made it their business to seek out some of the more challenging routes. In their early 20s, the brothers quit their jobs in London and drove Highway 15 through backcountry America. They wrote about the life changing journey in their first book 'Living the Linger'. A year later they attempted to drive from the UK to Vladivostok. Their book 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' established the duo as road trip travel writers, recommended by Lonely Planet and spurred a career in adventure travel. The third book 'Carnival Express' by the brothers led the siblings to travel the Trans-oceanic highway from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast of South America. The true story follows the duo over the Andes and through the heart of the Amazon as they go in search of the ultimate carnival in northeast Brazil. The incredible story of how the brothers eventually drove the road to Damascus came later, following a fruitful period of photojournalism, travelling routes across Europe and the world, including the Balkan peninsula, China's deep south and tribal India. The brothers forth book 'Black Sea Circuit' saw the brothers seize a narrow window of opportunity to travel full circle around the Black Sea. Looping around Crimea and crossing the notorious Caucasus frontier, their fascinating book 'Black Sea Circuit' explores great legends from Jason and the Argonauts to a tribe of female warriors known as the Amazons. With the release of their fifth book 'Hike, Drive, Stayin' Alive!', 10 stories of adventure from across the globe, Simon and Chris publish for the first time the story of their incredible drive to Damascus in a Ford Escort. Curiosity and a period of relative calm in Syria, led the pioneeering twins to embark on a quest to drive to the heart of the Middle East in a region of the world where civilisation on the planet first began. Sampling Syrian beer at the castle of the Knights and, exploring mind blowing history with a backdrop of desert, mountains and awe-inspiring architecture, the authors journey to Damascus in a bid to seek wisdom in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

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Out of shape and unprepared, The Raven Brothers return to the road in a collection of ten quests to travel to their dream destinations against all odds! After two decades pioneering new routes across the globe, you would expect the authors of 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' to be hotshot explorers, with a sixth sense and an ability to survive in almost any situation. Think again! With virtually zero knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine and very limited skills of wilderness survival, Simon and Chris struggle into their hiking boots and power across three continents by river, tarmac and trail.

Venture to the top of Norway, cruise the road to Damascus, hike the Camino trail into Spain’s Wild West, row the Ganges, explore Frida Kahlo’s world in Mexico City, hangout with the dead in Sicily’s eerie catacombs, crawl deep inside Bolivia’s notorious silver mine, seek lions in Gujarat, wellness in Berlin and journey into the Naga Hills where tribal kings still rule.

Noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”, 'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' signals a return to the duo writing “buttock clenching” travel comedy with the first in a series of candid stories of adventure by The Raven Brothers.