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Title:
The Emerald Mile the epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014]

℗2014
ISBN:
9781481509121
Physical Description:
14 audio discs (17 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Language:
English
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact discs.

"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Contents:
The world beneath the rims. First contact ; The grand old man ; Into the great unknown -- America's pyramids. The kingdom of water ; Flooding the cathedral -- The sweet lines of desire. Dories ; The golden age of guiding ; Crystal genesis ; The death of the Emerald Mile -- The master of the Emerald Mile. The factor ; Speed ; Thunder on the water -- The gathering storm. Deluge ; Into the bedrock ; The mouth of the dragon ; Raising the castle walls -- The maelstrom. The grand confluence ; The white demon ; Ghost boat ; The doing of the thing -- The speed run. The old man himself ; Perfection in a wave ; The reckoning ; Beneath the river of shooting stars ; Tail waves ; The trial ; Epilogue: The legend of the Emerald Mile.
Abstract:
In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named the Emerald Mile at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd but downright suicidal. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled--by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself--down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.
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