Nightmare on the Nile? Brit man continues trek on longest river after partner death
Levison Wood walks approximately 20 miles a day (Courtesy of BBC)
This Brit is taking one heck of a Sunday morning stroll...along the entire length of the longest river in the world!!!
Former army captain Levison Wood set out to trek the length of the 4,250 mile-long (6,840 km) Nile river in late November last year, starting in Rwanda and set to finish in Egypt later this year, according to the Associated Press.
Wood, who walks approximately 20 miles a day, is now in South Sudan, after trekking through Rwanda Tanzania and Uganda.
“South Sudan has been a challenge to say the least,” Wood said. “And when I set off on Nov. 25, I obviously didn’t predict a civil war kicking off mid-December.”
The 31-year-old has been planning his trek for nearly three years.
“I’ve always had a passion for Africa since I was young. The river Nile has always interested me, and I thought, what’s the biggest expedition I could ever think of? And walking the Nile it was,” he told the Associated Press.
However, his main mate along with Wood for the trip, Matt Power, died of exhaustion last month in Uganda, forcing Wood to reconsider his trek.
“We took a week off just to contemplate what happened and have a think about, ‘Is this something we really want to be doing?’” he said. However, Power's family urged Wood to continue his journey.
“It is one of those things that really brings home the reality that this is not an easy thing to do. It’s incredibly difficult and dangerous in parts, and all I can do is be as prepared as I can be and hope the same doesn’t happen to me,” he said.
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