by David Renwick Grant, paperback, 176pp. RRP $US15. The Long Riders' Guild Press.
Until the dawning of the 20th century, wagons of all sorts, shapes and sizes were mankind's main mode of travel. From donkey dray to ducal carriage, prairie schooner to farm cart, wagons assisted mankind with his labour or liberated him to explore the world. Then came the advent of the internal combustion engine and the art of wagon travel was lost.
Today, adventurous people still aspire to make unusual journeys and among them are those who want to see the world at the gentle pace of a horse-drawn wagon. Yet finding practical help to plan their journey, to teach them the skills required for crossing a host of countries and climates, would have been difficult.
Until now: The Long Riders' Guild Press has published The Wagon Travel Handbook by legendary Scottish wagon-master David Renwick Grant, who journeyed around the world with his family in a horse-drawn caravan, thereby gaining entry into The Guinness Book of World Records.
This book is filled with a mine of practical information, including sections on wagon design, choice of draught animals, veterinary requirements and frontier formalities and is well illustrated throughout. In addition, it contains six valuable short personal accounts contributed by other modern wagon masters and one by the most famous wagon traveller of the 19th century. Drawing on the unique experiences of these people as well as more comprehensively on his own, the author has produced what will be the standard work on this subject for many years to come.
Whether as aide to your journey of a lifetime or vicarious read for the armchair traveller, this is the finest book ever penned about modern wagon travel and either way will delight and inform your voyage of discovery.