I’ve travelled more frequently the past six months than I have at any other point in my life. I did the math on the way from South Africa to Jordan a couple of weeks ago and discovered that I’d spent close to 60% of the nights on the road between February and August.
Whenever I feel inclined to gripe about this aspect of my lifestyle, I go visit “Constant Trek”, the weblog maintained by Gary and Paula Constant, an Australian couple who are walking from Trafalgar Square in London to Cape Town, South Africa. (As the motto on their blog explains, “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”)
It’s a 10,500 mile journey, and they’ve just announced that they’ve finished “phase one”, the trip through Europe and Morocco to the edge of the Sahara. They’re briefly taking a break in the UK for a vacation and medical check-ups, before setting off in late September on a trip across the Sahara with a camel train. (As Paula puts it, “And you know what the good news is? For the next few thousand kilometres, it will be camels carrying those bloody packs â€“ not us. Man, that is going to be good.”)
(For anyone who thinks this trip is crazy, you should check out Karl Bushby’s ten-year long unsupported walk around the world. That’s crazy.)
Since the Constants are staying put for the next month or two, it’s a great chance to catch up with the last year’s worth of posts – Paula’s a prolific and colorful blogger, and the detail of the landscapes they pass through, the challenges of walking thousands of miles, and the endless kindness of the people they encounter make for a good vacation from airplane travel or too many days at a desk. Enjoy the rest, guys – I’m really looking forward to seeing Africa through your eyes, one step at a time.