Mario Rigby. Photo: Theresia van Rensburg, correspondent.
ALBERTINIA NEWS - Mario Rigby, a Canadian made a pitstop on Wednesday, 23 December on his journey from Cape to Cairo.
In an interview with South Cape FORUM, he explained the motivation behind the journey. "Most of the youth are taken back by technology and doesn't have a sense for adventure. I want to inspire the youth and give them the motivation to do anything they want, but acknowledge that it takes courage, hard work and perseverance to get there." The journey will take about two years and the route he is travelling is the same that the early Khoisan took about 70 000 years ago.
They started in South Africa and travelled up North and spread through Asia, Euro-Asia and North and Central America. So far Rigby experienced kind people which wants to help him, provide accommodation and food. He relies on the goodness of humanity and the courage inside people to become involved.
He plans his journey for everyday very carefully. He never leaves a place until he is sure the next place is secure and survives one day at a time. He walks eight hours a day and then goes home to his accommodation and does so five days a week. "You have to focus on the present moment, what you think and how your body feels. It is very important to have a healthy relationship with yourself," he said.
When asked if he is married or someone special in his life, Rigby laughed and said that is one of the most frequent questions being asked by everyone. He is not married or in a relationship. He is just having fun with this experience and focus on the journey itself. He is planning a long vacation after the conclusion of the two years, maybe to Switzerland and Hawaii to plan his next expedition.
His message to the youth of South Africa is that they have a big responsibility. More than 20 years has passed since 1994 and the wonder of that has settled. "They must start to write their own stories and have the courage to say no to family and friends when things are not right and do the right thing. Go out in the world and take a chance. What seems impossible becomes possible. To walk a whole continent seems impossible, but if you plan it day by day, it is possible," he concluded.