In 1898, Ewart Grogan became the first man to walk from Cape to Cairo – for love. Over 100 years later, Julian Smith, author of Crossing the Heart of Africa, followed in his footsteps – also for love.
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In 1898, Ewart Grogan became the first man to walk from Cape to Cairo – for love. Over 100 years later, Julian Smith, author of Crossing the Heart of Africa, followed in his footsteps – also for love.

 

This podcast began as an audio version of my book, Mud Between Your Toes – a memoir about my life – a gay, white boy growing up during the 1970s Rhodesian Bush War. It has now evolved into a series of conversations with characters and personalities with stories to tell – occasionally on an African theme.

Season 03 - Episode 15 of MUD BETWEEN YOUR TOES CONVERSATIONS WITH PETE WOOD. Journalist Julian Smith is madly in love with his girlfriend of seven years . . . but terrified by the idea of making a lifelong commitment. Inspired by the story of British adventurer Ewart Grogan, who marched the length of Africa in 1898 to win the hand of the woman he loved, Julian faces down his fears by retracing an incredible 4,500-mile journey from South Africa to Sudan, just months before his own wedding. Crossing the Heart of Africa is the unforgettable account of these twin adventures, beautifully interweaving Julian's contemporary journey with Grogan’s larger-than-life tale of charging elephants, cannibal attacks, deadly jungles and romantic triumph.

Photos: L: Writer, Julian Smith. R: Explorer, Ewart Grogan.

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