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Walking the Nile

Walking the Nile

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The former paratrooper, aged 31, of Cheadle Road, Forsbrook, has maintained a magnificent pace of averaging 100 plus miles each week since his start in the Rwandan Highlands at the beginning of December 2013.

Leaving Juba the capital city of South Sudan on his journey along the river Nile, Captain Levison Wood, aged 31, of Cheadle Road in Forbrook is attempting to become the first recorded person ever to walk the entire 4,250 miles from its source in Rwanda to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Sadly as Boston does not belong to one of these tribes his progress northwards with me will be halted and I shall have to venture on alone.Fortunately upon our arrival in Baale I manage to locate an animal sanctuary that is willing to take this poor orphaned creature.

Tomorrow however is going to be much harder as we can manage without food for a day or two but no clean bottled water presents a much bigger problem. The country is the newest political entity in the world, having only come into being in July 2011, when it gained independence from its northern counterpart. Four months into his journey, explorer Levison Wood arrives in the capital of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, only to be arrested by secret police.

So for the next few weeks into the middle of January I shall be finally alone apart from my constant companion Boston, my Ugandan interpreter, ex-Congolese rebel, local guide and general all round ‘Mr Fixer’. The early part of the evening is spent resting our aching limbs on a string bed whiler listening to the gentle symphony produced by the humming sound of diesel generators somewhere in the distant darkness. I vote with the other positive review on this site; yes, it was not a polished video, but its very lack of smooth editing, etc. Checking my rapidly wearing footwear for stinging hitchhikers is becoming a frequent morning routine.

Boston had seen me angry, sad, hungry, elated, exhausted, stripped of my dignity and most of the time downright bloody filthy. Captain Wood, aged 31, of Cheadle Road Forsbrook has recorded his exploits and thoughts and sent them through to the Post and Times for readers to follow.Their introduction to the lake is widely regarded as disastrous, both in human and environmental terms.

This decision held its own inherent risk, but at least we could disappear off the local radar, at least for a while, or so we thought. Exertion in the extreme heat and the mental drain of passing through an unchanging, lifeless landscape is a mind numbing experience which can cause you to fall asleep even whilst walking. Having warned us about local poaching gangs who roam throughout the district, the two porters who we hired to help carry some of the recording equipment for the journey have decided to take flight and disappeared without a word, taking with them some money and equipment we need along the journey.For me, the prospect of heading off into the wilderness alone was daunting, if not terrifying, but I’d begun this expedition alone and I had to see it through. It has brought a new dimension to the expedition and I’m looking forward to reaching Khartoum and crossing the Sahara. Nevertheless we got to the capital in Kigali on time to attend a reception at the National Museum where we were shown an amazing exhibit of a 16ft stuffed crocodile which also included a pair of boots that had been found inside its stomach; not perhaps the most tactful thing to show two people who are living alongside “the river Nile for the next twelve months.



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