How do we fit all of this stuff into our carry-on? Patrick begins to pack our bicycling repair kit and spare parts.
Our team is made up of biologists, teachers, artists, archeologists, and explorers. It’s almost like putting together an all-star sports team. Each member has something important to contribute to the team. However, we all have many things we still need to learn from each other and also from ourselves. We have all been on several wilderness expeditions throughout the world, and we all know that nature can be one of the greatest classrooms.
For months, we´ve been pouring over maps of Peru to find the safest route through the Andes and the rainforest. We´ll carry about 20 lbs. of maps with us to make sure we´re heading in the right direction.
We also will be exploring some of the planet’s most remote tropical rainforests. The closest hospitals are going to be at least three days away. We have to be careful, alert, and prepared for nearly everything in the rainforest.
The rainforest is not a scary place with dangerous animals lurking in every tree. Yes, there are venomous snakes, caimans with sharp teeth, and insects that transmit terrible diseases. However, if we travel in fear all of the time, we might miss some of the most interesting things the rainforest has to teach us.
It all fit! Patrick is loading our paddles in Chicago. All of our gear has arrived in Lima, and for the most part, it´s all intact.
The answer is simple: knowledge. Wilderness travel has so much to teach us. The people, plants, and animals are like a springboard of knowledge. Once you uncover a little bit, you want to dig deeper. Traveling deeper in the rainforest will give us the opportunity to see the rainforest and its inhabitants as they really are. And we’re psyched that we get to share it with you.
Arriving in Lima, we were greeted by throngs of fans. Actually it turns out that most of them were waiting for other people.