Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen
2007 | EPUB | 5.96MB

As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most feared and reviled leader of his day. Polo introduced the cultural riches of China to Europe, spawning centuries of Western fascination with Asia.

In this lively blend of history, biography, and travelogue, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen separates myth from history, creating the most authoritative account yet of Polo's remarkable adventures. Exceptionally narrated and written with a discerning eye for detail, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu is as riveting as the life it describes.

Bicycling The Pacific Coast [Fourth Edition]

Bicycling The Pacific Coast [Fourth Edition]

Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico [Fourth Edition] by Vicky Spring, Tom Kirkendall
2005 | EPUB | 8.11MB

More than a meticulously detailed route, this is an adventure highlighting what to see and explore along the way.

  • Bike the coast in one trip or four separate adventures
  • Road directions, points of interest, and available restrooms and provisions all built into daily mileage logs
  • Elevation profiles and new Table of Essentials overview for each day's ride
  • More than 50,000 copies sold in previous editions.

From Vancouver, B.C. to the Mexican border, Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring guide you turn by turn along the length of Pacific Coast Bicycle Route-all 1816.5 miles. These forty-two suggested daily itineraries (averaging 53 miles each) begin and end at campsites. Everything you need to know about each day's ride is included: from tunnel- riding strategies to where to buy a new derailer, from one-of-a-kind museums along the way to side trips to lonely lighthouses and towering sand dunes. New to this edition is a quick-glance Table of Essentials for each daily itinerary, listing availability of bike shops, beach access, hiking trails, youth hostels, and activities.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago [2nd Edition]

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago [2nd Edition]

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Aurora, Northwest Indiana, and Waukegan [2nd Edition] by Ted Villaire
2009 | EPUB | 19.76MB

It's time to take a hike!

Chicago residents grab your boots and get outside! Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago eliminates doubts about where to hike and what to expect when you get to the trailhead. To locate and assess the best hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Chicago area, this guide is indispensable.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago blows the lid off the myth that you can't have a great trek close to home. The Windy City may be an ever-expanding metropolis, but there are still plenty of thrilling hiking options. Choose among short and long hikes, hikes for children, hikes for dogs, hikes for birding, for wildflowers and for waterfalls, historic and scenic hikes, and many others.

  • Trail Descriptions allow you to assess each trail before you hike it.
  • GPS-based Trail Maps provide you with accurate trail information.
  • Elevation Profiles help you visualize each trail's altitude gains and losses.
  • Detailed directions lead you to the trailheads.

Whether you live in Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, or Elgin, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago provides you with the information you need to choose the perfect day hike in your area, including trail lengths, hiking times, and trail difficulty. So lace up those boots, sling that daypack, and hit the trail!

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