I think it is a great idea but, to be honest, i am not entirely sure what he will accomplish. It won't be recreating anything - the flora and fauna
Sorry JohnnyCanuck, that reads a bit negative when i look at it now! Wasn't intentional........
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I think it is a great idea but, to be honest, i am not entirely sure what he will accomplish. It won't be recreating anything - the flora and
someone who dabbles in archaeology, I can go out to survey and test a site. I can retrieve samples and have them radiocarbon dated. I can throw
science at human history. On the other hand, I can pick up a 5000 year old stone tool and try to envision the individual who made and used it...how it
came to rest where I found it, and consider the connection made as it rests in my hand.
A couple of years back, I was at L'Anse aux Meadows. In a historical context, it is the first known European settlement in North America. What also
gave me pause, though, was that the site represented a coming together of the human race after branching out of Africa.
Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture to capture the human adventure. To me, it speaks well for our species that not only do we explore the
heavens, but that there are those who will take a seven-year stroll to add perspective to our past achievements by illuminating our present condition
along those same pathways.
Thank you for putting into context like that. It makes it much easier to see the point of it! I quite fancy a day or two marching in full Roman Kit
with a full backpack to get an idea of marching 25 miles a day (or more). I am fairly sure i wouldn't be in any state to fight at the end of it!
Still though, it would be great if there was someway this could be done following similar routes and experiencing similar fauna and flora (total pie
in the sky thinking but still would be great).
I think it's obvious he's ignoring South Africa for safety reasons. Walking across the African continent is very dangerous, not just because of
predators and wildlife, but also because of corrupt governments and some tribes that would probably kill him on the spot if they saw him. Pretty cool
idea, the only person that comes to mind that can compare is Grandfather Stalking Wolf (originally from the Apache tribe). He traveled from northern
Canda to Southern Chile all on foot on the quest to learn about other cultures and their beliefs on spirituality.
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If he is ignoring South Africa for "safety reasons" then that is quite sad.
There are routes he could easily follow through Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.
Lots of people have actually done that.
There's been no real war in any of these regions since the Cold War ended around 1990, and the people are very friendly.
Apart from some areas of South Africa and city slums, the crime-rate is actually very low in southern Africa.
Attacks by lions are unlikely outside game reserves.
Malaria might be a bigger problem, but that is also so in areas of South America.
Actually Ethiopia is closest to current conflicts in Africa, such as those in Somalia, Sudan and Egypt.
This couple walked 14 000 kilometers from the Cape through 11 African countries recently.
The tribes and animals are often something they wanted to see, and its not necessarily representative of the region.
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