Ed Lines recently got back from a seriously old-school adventure. Along with two mates, he travelled 2000 miles along the length of the Andes - mainly on horseback. Very cool!
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I rode horses and walked 2000 miles from Ecuador to Bolivia for two charities. It took six months.
The idea of adventure, in any form, is what I’ve dreamt about since pretending to be Robin Hood as a child. At Edinburgh University I met a friend (Phil Sutton). We both discussed possible adventures for when we left in 2008.
When he suggested riding horses through South America it seemed so detached from reality, but a great plan nonetheless. We teamed up with equine expert, Nick Warner (also ex-Edinburgh) and began months of planning.
It wasn’t until we arrived at the farm in Ecuador and met the horses for the first time that I realised we were actually doing it for real.
Best: The horses and the language. I’d never ridden and didn’t speak Spanish before the trip – Nick and Phil would probably say I’m still crap at both! Also, raising funds and awareness for two great charities (http://volunteertrujillo.com/" rel="nofollow">Bruce Organisation, who help educate the street kids of South America, and http://alzheimers.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">Alzheimer's Society).
Worst: Having no idea what is around the next corner.
My grandfather told me a line from a speech by Sir Francis Drake to his crew: “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”
I’m not as good as my grandfather at these things, and all I can think of is the Nike slogan: Just do it.