Friday, August 8, 2008

Raising the Aboriginal flag !

aboriginal falg geographical center simpson desertlouphi showing european flag at geocenter of simpson desert
ENG: Three weeks into his trek Louis-Philippe has lost quite some weight and fat. He feels he is slowly starting to understand how the desert works and is enjoying his time there. At night it is quite cold. After walking a full day he usually stops for a while around 8-9 pm local time and then resumes his journey. In the next few days he will be taking full advantage of the full moon that will allow him to walk for a few more hours in ideal circumstances. Before falling asleep he watches stars.


And this news just in: Louis-Philippe reached the geographical centre of the desert (position 25° 22’ East and 137° 05’ South) and raised the Aboriginal flag (see picture) on the pole symbolizing his respect for the deep connection that the Aboriginal people have for this desert. This is a cause close to his heart which he kept repeating before leaving for his trip. He is now racing towards Poeppel’s Corner as his cart is much lighter. Still 2 weeks to go before food and water supplies dry up.


FRA: Après trois semaines d’efforts intenses, Louis-Philippe a perdu du poids et surtout de la graisse. Son corps se transforme comme il l’avait fait lors de son aventure en Tasmanie. Il commence à comprendre comment fonctionne le désert et à se plaire dans cet environnement. Les nuits sont froides. Au terme d’une journée de marche, vers 20-21 h, il s’arrête quelques heures avant de repartir. Il pourra compter les prochaines nuits sur la pleine lune qui permet un parcours dans des conditions idéales.

Grande nouvelle : Louis-Philippe a atteint le centre géographique du désert et a accompli un geste qui lui tenait particulièrement à cœur : il a hissé le drapeau des aborigènes (voir photo) sur le poteau symbolisant le centre, en signe de soutien à leurs revendications territoriales sur la région. Il espère maintenant avancer à toute vitesse vers Poeppel’s Corner à la frontière des trois États. Il lui reste encore environ 2 semaines de vivres.
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