If Wikipedia is to be believed, Ewart Scott Grogan (1874 – 1967), an English explorer, was the first person in recorded history to walk the length of Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo. Since then, there have been others – recently including Mario Rigby (see http://www.mariorigby.com/africa.html).
I am pleased to announce that Suburban Stroller is well on his way to joining this list of accomplished adventurers…well, not exactly. The actual strolling bit is happening within the suburbs of Cape Town, but the goal is to cover the distance between Cape Town and Cairo. According to the walking route plotted by Google Maps, that is a distance of 9717 km.
On 20 August 2019, I started measuring my daily walking distance. After hearing about an old Prof who is plotting his walking distance on a map in an effort to “circumnavigate” the world, I set myself the slightly less daunting task of doing Cape-to-Cairo.
As depicted in the graph above, on this imaginary journey by late September 2019 I had crossed from the Western Cape into the Northern Cape province of South Africa. By mid-January 2020 I had crossed into Botswana – and I am currently more-or-less at the remote settlement of Hunhukwe in the Kalahari desert.
Progress is being made, but a lot more suburban strolling needs to be done to reach my goal of Cairo. I will report back in a couple of months on how I am doing.