I'm back to my preferred genre - travelogues - and worked my way through this one courtesy of a couple of Brisbane to Townsville flights and a few moments at night before the eyelids gave out on me. The Masked Rider is Neil Peart's account of his bike ride from one end of the Cameroons to the other dragged me along quite effortlessly and I was very grateful that I wasn't experiencing some of the abysmal cycling conditions that he and the fellow members of his group were. Throw in a diverse crowd of fellow travellers, typically megalomaniacal (is that a word ?) African police, military and bureaucrats and some of the worst accommodation and infrastructure on the planet and he has skillfully created one of the best travelogues I've read in a while.
Surprisingly, Neil Peart, the author, is the lyricist and drummer with Canadian rock band, Rush. I can't say I'm familiar with the music but I'll be keeping an eye out for Peart's other literary efforts.