I’m reading about these French explorers from 1735 that hacked their way through Ecuador 300 years ago. Discovered quinine from the Ecuadorean Cinchona tree bark that cured King Charles II from malaria, latex rubber in Ecuador that was used as waterproofing (well okay, and later condoms), platimum, mapped Ecuador. These guys were studs.
Never heard of them before reading the book “The Mapmakers Wife.”
It gives perspective to read about the hardships they endured back in the day. And here I am in the hammock thinking I need to go down the way and order some rice and chicken from the roadside stall. Compared to them my ADVriding is weaksauce.
On some canyon crossings they only had a woven leather cable 150 feet above a roaring river that they strapped a rope around, tied it to their waist and pulled themselves across the abyss hand over hand while dangling over the raging river. Sounds like fun to me.
JDowns screwed with this post 01-30-2014 at 08:52 PM