Kira's travel memoir is thrilling, captivating + deeply personal. Kayaking 600 miles alone to Timbuktu, Kira depended on locals for shelter + food. In this excerpt, she introduces her guide, Modibo, and his disbelief in her ~ "To his knowledge, no man has ever completed such a trip, though a few have tried. And certainly no woman has done such a thing. This morning he took me aside and told me he thinks I’m crazy, which I understood as concern and thanked him. He told me that the people of Old Ségou think I’m crazy too, and that only uncanny good luck will keep me safe." But, adventurers like Kira never back down from a challenge.