Are you an explorer? When is the last time you did something that everyone else thought was crazy? For me I cannot think of a time I ventured too far out of my normal routine but Kate Harris is a different story. Not only is she brilliant but she is also daring and driven to have experiences like nothing else. This is what made her book Lands of Lost Borders so phenomenal to read; not only did I learn so much but was also inspired to try for more in life even if I don't want to head out on my bike for a year. - Harris grew up knowing she wanted to explore space. Her dream drove her to become exceptional in science which led her to many opportunities in life like being able to study at MIT. The crazy thing about Harris though is that she put all of this on hold because of another passion: exploration. More specifically Harris wanted to bike the Silk Road where Marco Polo once travelled. - This is where her book focuses though she does provide readers with some back story in order for us to understand what led her to this moment in her life. Taking off with her friend Mel Harris spent a year biking the Silk Road. Along the way Harris encounters various challenges like losing her only pair of bike shorts but none of these stop her from her dream. What I appreciated about the book was how inspiring Harris is. Honestly I will probably never do anything as daring as she does but I enjoyed reading about her experiences and what she learned. Also I learned things from the insights she shared. As she bikes through one country into another navigating issues of visas and check points Harris reflects on the true nature of borders what they really mean to us and how impermanent they can be. In today's world I think this is particularly applicable and encourage you all to read this book simply for the fact that Harris's outlook is unique and incredibly important. - If you're craving an adventure memoir this fits the bill. If you want to learn about part of our world this is the book. If you want to think deeply about what it means to interact with those around us read this book. - Thank you to Dey Street Books for sending me a copy to review!