That's, um, 4,000 miles. As the crocodile swims. But longer, really, since the river widens in many places and Ed Stafford can't always take the shortest route. By February, Stafford had passed the halfway point.
He's accompanied by a guide named Cho, so though he started out solo in April 2008, he now has someone along on the trip.
When I set out solo, I usually go to some cushy place with all the amenities. And often meet up with a guide, too. Stafford, on the other hand, has had to deal with venomous snakes, flooding, electric eels, piranhas and jaguars.
It likely was difficult to get friends to come along. (And I thought I had a tough time getting people to join me in my early travel days?)
Did Stafford say, "Hey, want to take several years and walk the Amazon with me? What do you mean you can't get off work?"
Stafford's trip was written up in the new Ripley's Believe It or Not. I received a press copy from the publisher. Now I'm looking at the other things
Again, you think YOU have trouble finding someone to come along on your crazy trips?
How about joining Edwin Shackleton, 82, a retired British aircraft engineer who traveled on 100 types of transportation in six or so months? He went by car, balloon, rickshaw, chairlift, police car, quad bike and sled, among other modes of getting from Point A to Point B.
And, in other 4,000-plus mile journeys...
... a British woman named Sarah Outen, rowed solo across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius. It took 124 days.
I'm not here to sell the book or suggest you do nutty journeys. But it does put solo travel in
Photo: Courtesy of Ripley Publishing