Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend

Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend

by Patrick Symmes


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Intrepid journalist Patrick Symmes sets off on his BMW R80 G/S in search of the people and places in Ernesto "Che" Guevara's classic Motorcycle Diaries, seeking out his own adventure as well as the legacy of the icon Che would become, Symmes retraces the future revolutionary's path.  And on the way he runs out of gas in an Argentine desert, talks a Peruvian guerrilla out of taking him hostage, wipes out in the Andes, and, in Cuba, drinks himself blind with Che's travel partner, Alberto Granado.

Here is the unforgettable story of a wanderer's quest for food, shelter, and wisdom. Here, too, is the portrait of a continent whose dreams of utopia give birth not only to freedom fighters, but also to tyrants whose methods include torture and mass killing. Masterfully detailed, insightful, unforgettable, Chasing Che transfixes us with the glory of the open road, where man and machine traverse the unknown in search of the spirit's keenest desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375702655
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Vintage Departures Original Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patrick Symmes writes for Outside, New York, and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Silver River3
Chapter 2Fellow Travelers34
Chapter 3Big in Japan52
Chapter 4Mytopia84
Chapter 5Che and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance103
Chapter 6The Miracle137
Chapter 7Jubilation146
Chapter 8The Red Blaze161
Chapter 9The Road to Rome190
Chapter 10Holy Week220
Chapter 11The Navel of the World239
Chapter 12The Wit and Wisdom of Che Guevara256
Chapter 13Ten Thousand Revolutions270
Epilogue: Final Victory292

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