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Travel guide touts zany millennium


OK, OK. So the next millennium doesn't really start until Jan. 1, 2001. Try telling that to all the folks marketing millennium fever by hyping New Year's 2000.

If you've reached the point where it's "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," you might want to consult "The Millennium: A Rough Guide to the Year 2000" -- a pocket-size, 264-page guide from the travel gurus at Rough Guides.

Along with information on festivals, projects and mega-events, author Nick Hanna tries to offer advice about the dreaded "Y2K" computer chaos some fear might occur on Jan. 1, 2000.

Among the millennium madness noted in the book:

Odyssey 2000: An around-the-world bike trek, beginning and ending in Los Angeles, that begins Jan. 1, 2000. The trip will cover 20,000 miles and 54 countries in 366 days.

Party surfing: A Web page for millennium-eve parties -- www.jepa.co.uk/shopping/ party.html -- is a quirky international register of celebration places.

Walk like an Egyptian: The pyramids are destined to be one of the most popular party spots. Hang out with mystics and prophets. But leave the champagne at home: No alcohol is allowed on site.

Pub Date: 12/07/98

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