By Tim Cahill
Cahill (Jaguars Ripped My Flesh) courts intercontinental experience in those amassed go back and forth items. He fishes for pike in Wisconsin's icy Lake Nagawicka (and competes in a minnow-drinking contest at Chuck and Sue's bar). Over the protests of the overdue Dian Fossey, he eyeballs Rwanda's now-famous mountain gorillas. And he joins the reporters flocking to the scene of mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. His pen is full of adrenaline; he batters down hindrances and dares to do the tough, even if this implies braving the smell of degradation (Jonestown's "last our bodies to be got rid of were in this type of kingdom of decomposition that bits and items saved falling off'') or surviving a major wind-chill issue. although Cahill's humor and machismo may be heavy-handed, and his occasional sexism is tense ("menopausal waitresses'' cramp his kind in Oregon), the writer's urge for food for enjoyable and bother off the overwhelmed course is exhilarating.
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He tried to stay near Byrd while the ticker-tape confetti fell all around them. The noise and mobs of people made Igloo shiver with fear. He didn’t want to get separated from Byrd and get lost in the big city of New York. Byrd was just as overwhelmed as Igloo by the response. “All of this was entirely unexpected,” Byrd wrote later. “I felt bewildered. ” And Byrd’s hero’s welcome was just beginning. After the parade, Igloo boarded a train with Byrd, and the pair traveled to Washington, DC. Technically, Igloo wasn’t allowed on the train — no dogs were.
The pemmican would last for sixty days. They would also carry a rifle so they could hunt polar bears and seals for food, and they would bring a tent and an inflatable twelve-pound “donut” boat that was made of hot-air balloon cloth and could carry six hundred pounds of passengers and cargo. Along with the six-pound first-aid kit, which contained splints and bandages, the Yale-educated Dr. Daniel O’Brien, who was the expedition’s medical officer, also gave Byrd and Bennett instructions on how to perform surgery in case one of them was severely injured in a crash.
And Igloo was standing next to him when they heard the hum of an engine. Igloo looked into the sky. It wasn’t Byrd’s airplane making the noise. It was Amundsen’s dirigible looming overhead. It circled around and lowered itself to the ground by its hangar on the snow-covered hill, right behind Byrd’s runway and two hundred yards from his airplane. The race to the North Pole was back on, and whatever lead Byrd had was now gone. It was full speed ahead. On May 8, Cyclone Haines informed Byrd that the weather was finally good for flying.