Not having anywhere to drive has been a huge challenge for me, and I haven’t coped very well. In fact, I haven’t coped at all, I went into total denial and threw myself into sifting through hours of footage. I resent waking up in a comfortable bed and not in my smelly tent, I find three course meals ridiculous and I miss eating only rice and tomatoes.
Trying to give friends and family a picture of our day to day life as well as illustrating our (subjectively) amazing stories has been really tough. How do you describe waking up with zebra outside your tent or in the middle of a desert? How do you describe washing out of a bucket in the pouring rain or drinking 9 litres of water a day in a near sand-storm? Driving 22 hours in a row without a meal? Breaking down in weird and wonderful places? Playing with a baby elephant?
Almost a month after the end of the adventure of a lifetime, I sit huddled by the fire with 3 jumpers on, back to where I first started picturing Lindikhaya.
Now I can offer something a little more tangible, here it is:
20,000km, 11 countries, 4 months, countless memories.
I hope this puts images to the words of this blog, and that it convinces the last of you still waiting to donate. We are so close to the £2000 mark and I hope this video is shared far and wide for the sake of Tusk and Corner of Hope.
Over and Out.