5000 mile project
A trickle of sweat runs down my chest. Distant rumbles of thunder trigger an Amazon orchestra. Crickets, cicadas and grasshoppers whine in desperate anticipation.
A chocolate-coloured, toe-shaped nut. The Brazil nut. One of the finest. Full of protein, calcium, iron, selenium and a whole host of other riches; one creamy crunch and you’re reaching for another.
Buzzing in your ear, crawling over your skin, coiled in your boot or lying drunken in a woozy cloud of rotten apples. It takes a particular personality to appreciate the virtues of our six and eight-legged neighbours.
On a 5000 mile run through South America you get intimately acquainted with all kinds of nature. We have taken to sleeping in the forest under-storey. But, as more and more of it is cut down or lost to grazing land, the future of this natural haven is under threat.
5000 mile project: To the end of the earth, in the footsteps of pumas and the lost people of Magellan
These first few days of our year-long 5000 mile project run of South America represent some of the most remote and hostile.
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