Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Our feet have been shown little relief in the 6 days of our expedition. They’ve been wrapped in socks and stuffed in tight shoes, designed with various blister proof features, that don’t always work.
Evenings at camp are spent tending to swollen toes and broken toenails, and our feet are often travel in flip flops, where they welcome fresh air but are left susceptible to brambles, biting insects and of course the warm dry sand.
It’s been an inhospitable surface for our feet and yet, today, we run on to something with a far more daunting reputation.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are a layer of hard packed salt, the remnants of an ancient ocean seabed. The surface quite literally sucks the moisture out of the air, which means our team will have much more to worry about than a sore toe.