40-Mile Days Take Toll on Dykes
Dykes said he will need to slow it down a little so that he does not wreak havoc on his body. He may have become over-ambitious as the end of the journey approaches. He only has 500 miles remaining out of 4000.
After walking 40 miles (65km) in one day, and reporting general 37-44mi (60-70km) days, he said he was forced to allow his body some time to recover. A photo revealed the bottom of his foot as blistered, waterlogged and torn up. "Will recover fast though", remarked Dykes, often pointing out that he heals and recovers very quickly. It appears he was back walking the next day.
Dykes has highlighted this final section of his journey as "the greatest mental battle". He no longer has the challenging terrain, hostile cold and dangerous animals that characterized the earlier stages. But he says heat and humidity are now the biggest hurdles, not to mention the heavy traffic that runs alongside the Yangtze now that he is in the more greatly-populated eastern sector of the country.
He will reduce his walking days to 25-31mi (40-50km) and says he is keeping himself disciplined. "There is no place for complacency at this pinnacle stage of the expedition and I know I’ve mastered this side of the game many times before."