ALL BEING WELL, THE TEAM AIMS TO BEGIN THEIR VOYAGE this Saturday 21st February. The training is nearly over; the months of preparation, the nights spent in comfy, dry beds, hot meals, mains power, warm showers, clean clothes, are all to be cast into the past.
For the next five months Phil Sutton, Nick Warner and Ed Lines are to brave some of the most hazardous elements of the Southern Hemisphere. With their five horses (Pajarito, Capricho, Rocio, Gansa and Noah) they start in Ecuador, in the height of the wet season, and in July, as temperatures plummet below freezing, they aim to finish their journey in Bolivia. The team will rarely descend below 3,000m (10,000ft), with their only shelter being a polyester tent.
Following similar routes travelled by the ancient Incas, the Conquistadores, the Liberator, Simon Bolivar, and the stalwart, long-distance rider, Aime Tschiffely, the trio will be up against it from the start. The three become four when Quita Collard joins them in early April for the challenging ascent towards Cusco.
We would like to thank the great number of people who have helped make this journey possible with specific mention to Carlos Miranda, Rafael Miranda and Neil Macdougall. We would also like to thank all the kind people who have sponsored the charities (Alzheimers and Bruce Org) for which we are riding.
Watch this blog as the expedition unfolds...