Exploring Patagonia – By Train And Motorcycle! My “Wednesday Bookmobile” Has Paul Theroux – And Ewan McGregor!

Old Patagonian Express La Trochita, steam train, Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina

Who’s Up For A Train Trip Like This?

As always, legendary Travel Writer Paul Theroux was, and the trip was one of his greatest ever. Here’s how they set it up:

“Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, Theroux winds up on the poky, wandering Old Patagonian Express steam engine, which comes to a halt in a desolate land of cracked hills and thorn bushes.”

Ready to ride the rails? My “Wednesday Bookmobile” heads back in time to the bottom of the world!

“The Old Patagonian Express” was written in 1979, but I read it last year and it felt so topical, as much of it takes place in a part of the world that is literally frozen in time:

I’ve never been to Patagonia, but this is what it looks like, with Llamas always ready to pose for a photograph, and incredible mountain vistas as well:

Patagonia is literally at the bottom of the world, and that where Writer Paul Theroux headed – his goal to do the entire trip by train!

He started out from his home town in Massachusetts, grabbed a train in Boston and changed in Chicago, and travelled by train across the North American plains to Laredo, Texas. He then crossed the border and grabbed a train south through Mexico to Veracruz where he met a woman looking for her long-lost lover.

Paul Theroux is known for both his fiction and travel writing. His books include The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express.

If you’ve ever read Theroux, you know that he dives deep into an area’s culture and history, with unique perspective on those he meets.

At one point, he was forced to fly to Costa Rica where he was then able to take the train again to Limón and Puntarenas. Theroux then proceeded to Colombia and then over the Andes and finally reached the small town of Esquel in Patagonia – on this vintage train!

It’s a great book – and I was reminded of it because of an ad I saw on Apple+ for a new travel series starring Actor Ewan McGregor that begins…well, you know!

“Long Way Up” documents a motorcycle journey undertaken in 2019 by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, beginning in Patagonia! They ride from Argentina through South and Central America to Los Angeles, capturing the entire trip!

Here is the trailer:

In this time of #Wanderlust, both Theroux’s book and McGregor’s TV show make me realize there is so much of the world still to see…lucky for book fans, Theroux has captured most of it for us!

Theroux has taken trains through the most dangerous parts of Africa, and he has travelled to the top of the world by train as well:

Yes, in this book he went to the “roof of the world!”

Here are some of this greatest books about those journeys, which you can see by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/04/13/ghost-trains-safaris-a-legendary-literary-master-travels-the-rails-paul-theroux/

Theroux is still writing today – in fact, just last year he released a brilliant memoir of his trip along America’s southern border with Mexico, then down to the southern part of that country as well:

It’s a powerful journey, as he explores the current situation along America’s southern border, digging into the truth behind the political lies…you can read more about this book by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/12/18/paul-therouxs-on-the-plain-of-snakes-his-incredible-mexican-journey-here-are-the-best-books-to-give-as-holiday-gifts-heres-a-list/

If you like these stories, why not sign up to receive emails whenever I post? It’s easy to do, I do NOT collect any information about you at all, there are absolutely NO ads of any kind, just stories about movies, music, books, food, travel and pop culture…

You can sign up by clicking on my blog here and see the note on the right!

https://johnrieber.com

Sign up for a daily hit of social media, pop culture, travel, food and more!



Categories: Art, Books / Media, documentary films, Exotic Travel, Memoirs, nature, Pop Culture, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, TV Show

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 replies

  1. Argentina is stunning! For a train lover (me!) Patagonia would be the trip of a lifetime. Thanks for a terrific post, John.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I think I’d love both this book and the movie w mcgregor. I love a bit of real adventure

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Some of these people have led very enviable lives. The Charley Boorman series was very popular on TV here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Like

  4. Paul Theroux is an excellent travel writer and it’s good to see he is still writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I remember your previous post about this author, John. I bought the audio book called Deep South. It is 23 hours long and I plan to listen to it during my December holiday.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Coffee Bean Brain

Overdosed. Overthinker

Little Mermaid's Writes

Movie Reviews, Travel stories, Lifestyle

Carpe Diem Eire

Travel Through Ireland and Europe

roughwighting

Life in a flash - a weekly writing blog

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV

Wheelescapades

Tea, Tours and Escapades

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

Drift among the scribbles of writer Janet Gogerty

THE MASTER CYLINDER

This page is dedicated to all things of the past, movies, television, books, etc collected under one page if possible.

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul – de – sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

planks or it didn't happen

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

a potpourri of thoughts and experiences

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

johnrieber

Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!

%d bloggers like this: