Theodore Roosevelt, Rondo, Woodrow Wilson discussed on Shattered: White Boy Rick


Feel hundred miles of sweltering heat torrential rain, relentless insects, poisonous snakes man, eating piranhas, violent Rapids, and hostile native people red flags to be sure, but to the former president of the United States they were irresistible temptations. He's definitely close to death by the end of the trip. That's Kathleen Dalton historian and author of Theodore Roosevelt, a strenuous life. Tina Roosevelt was president of the United States from nineteen eighty one to nineteen oh nine then he runs for president again in nineteen twelve as a bull moose Progressive Party candidate and makes American history that he's the most successful third-party presidential candidate beating incumbent but losing to Woodrow Wilson, and is not quite sure what to do with himself. So in nineteen thirteen he cooks up this idea of doing a speaking tour. In Brazil, T are added to his South American trip along and reasonably safe journey on previously explored rivers, but after arriving in Brazil, he suddenly latched onto a crazy idea. He would canoe down an unknown river with Brazil's, most famous explorer Candido rundown. Helped bring the telegraph out into the Amazon and he is famous in Brazilian history. As a person who is respectful of native people and helped them be a part of the Brazilian state as expanded into their territory. Rondo and had appropriately named it. The river of doubt, he had no idea of its length or its direction. All he knew was word began getting their required. A trip with pack animals through hundreds of miles of the Arab Brazilian Highland. And it was a very hot and remote area. So even getting to the rivers dangerous. They didn't bring enough food and it was a badly. Planned exploration. Rondo knows very smart man and very capable. But I think he he was cavalier about the the food crates and TR was just so determined to have an adventure. He didn't really think about how serious they're they're bad planning would be in the long run. But writing on the long trail TR must have realized the expedition was already in deep trouble, some of the pack animals were dying and the supply crates. They had carried were abandoned Roosevelt wrote a book about the journey. This isn't his voice. But the words are his own continually as we journeyed onward under the pitiless glare of the sun or through blinding torrents of rain. We passed desolate little graves by the roadside, they mocked the last resting places of men who had died by fever or dysentery or EROs. We raised our hats as our mules plotted slowly by it's one month to reach the river of doubt. My name's Jeffrey Lehman, and I was on the Roosevelt Ron dawn, centennial scientific expedition down, the deepest of the Amazon. It was October of two thousand fourteen Lehman traveled the same river with three others, including a professor from UC San Diego. I've been on a lot of adventures Lehman hosts the public TV series, weekend explorer, and I knew that if I did it. It would be the most dangerous most. A challenging thing. I ever did in my life, and it lived up to that expectation. So here we are. First waterfall. It's been a rough day. And this waterfalls intense. No wonder Roosevelt was so odd by this. The river goes from as big as you've seen it. Two to three meters. Ten feet across had most. And at least the calendar. Two thirds of the mile, and this is the smoothest part of the whole river right here. Just spent the last two hours kind of scoping it out and putting up our tents after a long day of rowing hobbling. And. Tickets all day tomorrow. We'll make this happen. But we will..

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