"In 2001 at the age of 63, explorer Helen Thayer—the first woman to walk and ski solo to the north magnetic pole—and her husband, Bill, 74, embarked on an 81-day, 1,600-mile walk across the Gobi desert. A goal of Thayer’s since the age of 13, her determination to complete this expedition was made even more remarkable by the fact that one year before, a car accident had left her incapacitated. Defying doctors’ predictions that she would never walk again, she and Bill instead walked the Gobi, braving violent sandstorms, searing heat, and other challenges, to complete their triumphant trek. Hear this fascinating account—as well as the story of a recent return visit with nomadic families that she met on her journey—as captured in her new book Walking the Gobi." This event is free.(nationalgeographic.com) (SqueakyChu)
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