Episode 9 Serious Explorers: Raleigh


Episode 9

Seven young explorers relive the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh. The explorers undertake a marathon five-day journey by dug-out canoe down a remote jungle river.


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Seven young explorers

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are taking on the toughest challenge of their lives -

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an extreme expedition in South America.

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That is mad!

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They're attempting a series of astonishing world firsts...

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Oh, my God!

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..going where no children have been before

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to get to some of the most awesome places on earth.

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-We've reached the top!

-Land to starboard!

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The team are following in the footsteps

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of the great Elizabethan, Sir Walter Raleigh,

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the first Englishman to explore Guyana as he searched for El Dorado,

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the lost city of gold.

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Led by survival expert Ben Major

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and record-breaking adventurer Polly Murray,

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the epic journey will push the seven explorers to the limit and beyond.

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It's all bad!

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I hate you so much!

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You having a laugh?!

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It's too scary.

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Coming up,

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an unbelievable challenge - paddling 75 miles down a jungle river.

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My bum absolutely kills. I just want to walk the rest of it.

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And climbing high in the rainforest -

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a rare encounter 100 feet up.

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She's checking me out for dinner!

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Previously, the explorers have spent a week in the rainforests of Guyana

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-training in jungle survival skills.

-Urrghh!

-Whoa!

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Some, like Sammie, were spooked by the wildlife.

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OK, take him back, take him back!

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Unlike Regan, who's a total rainforest enthusiast.

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Oh, it's a bumblebee poison dart frog!

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Two-tonne dugout canoes proved tricky to steer.

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Oh, no!

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The three-person canoe finally got the hang of it.

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Just one stroke on the right.

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But the four-person canoe struggled badly...

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You're going straight into the bushes!

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-Why are you there?

-I'm the director.

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..leading to clashes between Nikita and the boys on the boat, Regan and Jake.

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-Right, paddle!

-Move that way!

-Where are you going? You need to work harder.

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With the explorers' intense jungle training week finally completed,

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it's time to discover what it's all been leading up to.

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From here, we're going to be going by dugout canoe

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down the Burro-Burro River for approximately 70 miles.

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Oh, wow!

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The epic journey has never been attempted by children before.

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They've just five days to get to the end of the remote river.

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-We've really, really got to pull together. What do you think about that?

-Exciting.

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-Yeah, I'm excited.

-Tiring.

-Except for the jungle camp.

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We're going to have some strong arms by the end of it, I'll say that.

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When Sir Walter Raleigh came to Guyana 400 years ago,

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he travelled whenever possible by rowing boat or dugout canoe

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and he found it extremely tough.

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"We began to despair, the weather being extreme hot.

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"The further we went on the river, the weaker and weaker we grew."

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The Serious Explorers have to take with them everything they'll need to survive for five days.

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You should have four paddles in there.

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They've a total journey of 75 miles

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to where the Burro-Burro ends

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at the Sipuruni River.

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So each day they have to cover around 15 miles

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to stay on schedule.

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Let's get out of here.

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Get that paddle.

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It's going to be really tough.

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Dugout canoes are not easy things to steer,

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to paddle, to manoeuvre, they are just awkward.

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I know it's going to be tough as, like properly hard, but I'm really looking forward to it.

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Our boat will probably get stuck, it'll probably capsize.

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A lot of things are going to happen. It's going to be very fun.

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So, pretty cool.

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-Oh, my God.

-Disaster strikes in the first five minutes.

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-Straight for the bushes.

-Let's try and get this direction sorted, guys.

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The four-person canoe crew are still failing to pull together as a team.

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Oh, my God! That's just...aargh! You two paddle on this way.

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-You two paddle that way, quick!

-It doesn't paddle as quick.

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We went crashing into a bush,

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because the people at the back are paddling the same way as us.

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And that's the wrong way.

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In contrast, the three-person canoe is in complete harmony.

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With Michael steering at the back, they're getting further and further ahead.

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Bushes ahead, guys!

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But Nikita's boat is soon in even more trouble.

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Are you joking?

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Jake has dropped his paddle in the water.

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We have to get it. We have to find it.

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No, it's sunk!

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The other team are so far ahead,

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they've pulled into the side to wait.

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-Whoa!

-What was that?

-My paddle.

-You're joking.

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Michael's paddle has also sunk to the bottom of the river.

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-You...doughnut!

-You've dropped another paddle?

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Yeah. It slid off the boat.

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You absolute muppets! How are you going to paddle downstream without a paddle?

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We're going backwards and we're turning round!

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It takes 20 minutes for Nikita's crew to catch up.

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It's not been a promising start.

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In short, sorry, not good enough, all right?

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We have made half a mile in an hour.

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All we've heard is you four bickering and shouting at one another.

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At this rate, guys, we're still going to be paddling at midnight tonight. Get it sorted.

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Each team is given a new paddle,

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but, for the four-person canoe, things go from bad to worse.

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-He's in a bush.

-Just let yourself drift backwards.

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What are you doing? Don't push it in!

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HE LAUGHS

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Paddle back.

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It doesn't work.

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It doesn't work!

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What are they doing? Are they trying to be awful?

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Everything was OK. When people started moving, that's when we crashed.

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She hits on any boy that's in her way!

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No-one wants to be on the same team as her.

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Every time I listen to them THINGS at the back - that pond life,

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we end up going all weird ways.

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Nikita actually is the best in the boat, she understands steering,

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but she's getting frustrated with the lack of support

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from everyone else in the boat.

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Jake, just paddle, you don't need to do anything.

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But, of course, we all know Nikita and her delivery of instructions can be taken the wrong way.

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Oh for goodness sake! See, I told you!

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Four hours in, the expedition stops for lunch.

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Though it's nearly half an hour later before Nikita's canoe finally arrives.

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Jake don't look too happy!

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When you actually cut down the chitter-chatter, you actually do really well,

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and so less gob, more effort might make more sense, huh?

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Nikita?

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-Can I just say something, please?

-I can just see you're waiting.

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-The thing what gets me annoyed is he states the obvious.

-What do you mean he?

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That!

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Who is that?

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-I dunno.

-Is that Jake?

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Seriously, he states the obvious. Me and Simon said, "We need to go faster a minute,"

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and he's, "We need to go faster! Keep going!" Really(?)

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That's because you two were slowing down.

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The first two hours, me and Sammie were doing everything.

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Nikita, I can assure you that

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for the first two hours, you weren't doing all the work.

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-ALL:

-Ohhhhh!

-Not a chance.

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Jake and Nikita just can't seem to get on together.

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She needs to communicate a lot more,

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I cannot see from the back of the boat. She can, she's at the front.

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And try not to be so cocky and try not to be so cheeky as much.

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If I get annoyed, I just cannot control myself,

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I just go in a big mood swing.

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But today he's annoyed me so much and I don't have clue why.

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After Ben's chat, both are on best behaviour through the afternoon.

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Obviously not, thicko!

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Most of the time at least!

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The right is that way, and we need to keep away from it.

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Looking better, keep it up. Well done, guys!

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And after seven hours of paddling, they cover the day's 15 miles.

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-Wahey! We have arrived.

-We've done it!

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They're just one day into the five day marathon,

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and it's already starting to take its toll.

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My shoulders hurt by the time I got off.

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But it's your bum that hurts,

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because its so uncomfortable sitting on those wooden blocks.

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All my blisters are coming off my hands and that really hurts.

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I've got blisters along the top of my hand.

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It's OK, it's just keeping it up.

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And their day is far from over.

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The tired team now have to set up an entire jungle camp from scratch.

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From putting up hammocks, to digging a poo pit.

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-Josh!

-Yeah?

-Can you dig this bit, cos I can't do it.

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-Well, how did you do that?

-Just try.

-Yeah, I did try!

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The team feel that Sammie's not pulling her weight.

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'I'm just a bit lazy tonight.

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'I'm a bit lazy every night, but I'm a bit extra lazy tonight.'

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I can't be bothered.

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You've got so much potential,

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but you just allow other people to do stuff for you.

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You've got to start thinking for yourself.

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We just want to get you thinking, "I'm Sammie and I'm a go-getter!"

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-You know what I mean?

-Fair enough, because it's true.

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I get like...

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lazy, like you said. And I don't bother.

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But I am going to try not doing that.

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Cos I know it's unfair on the rest of the group and that.

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As they prepare for bed,

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Megan is latest to fall victim to the blood-sucking ticks.

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That is huge, like a spider!

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-I wanted everyone to see it!

-That is big!

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Well, can you please get it off me?

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I don't want everyone having a look at my tick!

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It's started spreading its legs out and made itself comfy!

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Expedition doctor Fi hopes to remove it with tweezers.

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Might just be able to pull it. Let's hope so anyway.

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Oh, let go! That's not fair!

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Let go! Ohh...

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Yay! Release!

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-Make sure that's dead and killed.

-That is well and truly dead.

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Jake has a different problem.

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I've got a bit of a headache from today.

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From Nikita's voice going through me!

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We were all just arguing all day.

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But towards the end it was fine,

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but just like the start and through the middle

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it was just "Nyah, nyah, nyah!"

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15 miles to go. Up for it?

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Yeah? All good? Let's get paddling!

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Day two, and they've got it all to do again.

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But the four person canoe team are soon back to their old tricks.

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Hello?! Go to the left!

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Just a little, just a little!

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Paddle! You have to paddle now.

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And they quickly fall well behind.

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THEY SING "THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT"

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Josh, Megan and Michael are powering ahead as usual,

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but for once, being in front proves a major disadvantage.

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Oh!

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They plough into a wasps' nest in some overhanging branches.

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Get them off my head!

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-OK.

-Ah! Oh, my head!

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I've been stung about 30 times on my head.

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Three times on the arm and it kind of hurts!

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There's one in my head there.

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Expedition doctor, Henry, checks them out.

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-Nobody's allergic to wasp stings or bee stings?

-No.

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Luckily, they're not the worst kind of jungle wasp.

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The stings have not swollen up hugely and everybody's in good spirits

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and not showing any signs of great sensitivity to it.

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So we've just given them something to treat the pain and the sting.

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One, two, three, four, five...

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Six, seven on your back. Two on your back.

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Seven, and I've got two on my tummy. So it's about nine times.

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My head kills!

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As the rain starts to bucket down,

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the four person canoe is now badly stuck on a submerged log.

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We have to move it towards you.

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Get somebody in charge and then on the count of three, push it out.

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Three, two, one!

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It'll never go forward. I go forward.

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Sammie, are you OK?

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They're soaked through and starting to get dangerously cold.

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The more exercise you do, your bodies will warm up a little bit.

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So you need to be paddling,

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you need to get out of this rain sooner rather than later.

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Get paddling. It's going to warm you up.

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We have been awful, awful, awful, throughout today.

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We tried new positions and we went faster -

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faster into the tree trunks, that is!

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At the next break, Ben decides enough is enough.

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Morale has gone zzzzt.

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I've never seen Jake look so down.

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Nikita's just silent - which says a lot in itself.

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Sammie - broken.

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And Regan pretty much broken.

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Any they're now freezing cold as well.

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We have to take some drastic measures.

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-We've got to make the distance.

-We've got nine more miles.

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Therefore, Michael, you're going into their boat, OK?

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Regan, you're going into the other boat, OK?

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I'm not happy about going into the other boat, morale's not very good.

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But if we can help everyone out, I'm happy to do that.

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I think it'll help a lot and I'll shout quite a lot.

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But I don't really mean to, so I'm going to try not to.

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With top steerer Michael aboard,

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the four person canoe undergoes an amazing transformation.

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-Paddle, paddle, paddle!

-Paddle hard.

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But the three person canoe then takes over as the lame duck.

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It's Michael, he must be the best at steering ever!

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But I'm sure we'll get better.

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I hope so, anyway.

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Everything just went well since Michael came on the boat.

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I'm paddling properly now and we're in front for once.

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So I just think the whole mood's changed.

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You have the biggest spider on your head!

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Get it off me! Get it off me! SHE SCREAMS

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Suddenly they spot something in the trees.

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-Up there.

-Howler monkeys!

-Where?

-Right at the top, you see it?

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-Three monkeys!

-Red howler monkeys, yeah?

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-Oh, that is so cool! Oh!

-I want it!

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The beautiful orangey-brown howler monkeys are only found

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in the jungles of Latin America.

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They're named after their howling call.

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Oh it's got a baby on its back!

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They were at the very top of the trees

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and it was just so cool to see them swinging about and stuff.

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There were three adults, and one baby on one of them's back.

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They were sat on that tree and hopped along the trees.

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That's amazingly cool!

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In the end, they almost hit their target for the day,

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covering 14 miles in eight hours.

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Pretty fed up this morning,

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pretty hacked off with certain people like Nikita and...

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Just gobbing off and not shutting up all the time.

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But then it got really good,

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cos Michael changed, and he improved it really well.

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I think he's an amazing motivator,

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because he just gets you to do things

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and if you slack off he is like, "You need to do it now!" OK!

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It made a difference and we actually got somewhere.

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Michael is capable, but also a little bit of a leader

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and they tend to look up to Michael.

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I said to them, just start fresh, and I think they listened

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and they tried hard not to get annoyed with me as well.

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So I think we worked really well together as a team

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to get here without having too many crashes.

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It's day 23 of the 35-day expedition,

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and some of the team are getting a bit homesick.

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I miss my sister so much. Like, oh my gosh.

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I really want to get home and see my friends, family,

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but I also want to be out here just every day doing something different.

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It's a weird situation.

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Polly has a surprise announcement.

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We are now three and a bit weeks into the expedition.

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We've actually been sent some messages from home.

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-Yeah?

-Oh no!

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Why would you do that to me?

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The news meets with a mixed reaction.

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When you're missing someone, seeing them again makes you miss them more.

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# In the jungle, the mighty jungle! #

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Each has a video message from friends and family.

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It's brilliant you're on Serious Explorers, but you can't do this.

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-Who's that?

-Is that your little sister? Wow!

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Hey Sammie, I'm enjoying playing Wii by myself with the two remotes.

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You're in the jungle - enjoy the snakes!

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I can't wait till you come back.

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Love you and I hope you're having a brilliant time. Bye.

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-They're all in my clothes!

-LAUGHTER

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-FAMILY:

-See you later! Love you!

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Oh, that's my horse!

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Boys are doing what they do best - eating!

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That's my farm.

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Hope you're enjoying yourself, not in too much trouble.

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Who is that?

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-Hi, Nikita!

-Oh, my uncle and my auntie.

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-Hello Nikita.

-Oh go away! That's my teacher!

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Don't you want to come home now? Look at it - it's beautiful.

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That's outside my grandma's house.

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How much are you missing Regan?

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I want one paw for a little bit, two paws for a lot.

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Where is that paw? Where's the other one?

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Oh yes, the little dog is missing you a lot.

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Unfortunately we had to bribe with...

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The explorers have now paddled 29 miles,

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but with just three days left,

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they've still got 46 to go.

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The new canoe teams are still working well together

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and spirits are high.

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# All the monkeys in the jungle! All the monkeys in the jungle! #

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Nikita's paddling hard, though her style is a little unusual.

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I don't care if she does a handstand and does it,

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as long as she goes fast, that is all I'm really bothered about.

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This is amazing, we're doing four miles an hour, which is phenomenal.

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I don't think they can continue this pace,

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so things will slow down,

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but it's a fantastic start. Can't ask for anything more.

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Unfortunately, Michael has a small problem.

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I really, really need a wee.

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Rather than hold up the team by pulling in,

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he tries to go from the boat.

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Michael, have you not been yet?

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No, I haven't even started.

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I can't even go!

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They're eating up the miles,

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but paddling for day after day, their bodies are close to the limit.

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It's been very tiring so far.

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But we're going at a really good pace.

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To be honest, I can't wait to get it over with.

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I just want to get out the boats and start a new thing.

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My bum absolutely kills, I just want to walk the rest of it.

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As they approach the end of day four, they clock up

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a total of 64 miles, leaving just 11 to go tomorrow.

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But one of the explorers won't be with them

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for the final stage of the journey.

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Instead they'll be going on a unique trip to observe a harpy eagle,

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becoming one of the few people ever

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to see the world's most powerful eagle in the wild.

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We have an amazing treat lined up for one of you.

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And that person is going to be...

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Megan!

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And the reason being is that you're the all-round star

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that just gets on with things, doesn't complain.

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So the treat that we've got for you

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starts off with a helicopter ride out of the jungle...

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Unbelievable!

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And this particular bird is about eight months old.

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So it's now standing about a metre tall.

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Chick! It's a chick, yeah?

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It's going to be amazing, I'm really looking forward to it now.

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I'm sorry all these lot have got to paddle down the river though!

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It's the final morning on the Burro-Burro River

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and Nikita is in charge of breaking camp.

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Where are you going? Help me with all these barrels.

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The team work hard under her command.

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-Oh!

-Get all the rubbish off the floor

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and put it into that black bin bag.

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A lot of them have a few issues with her

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and they would be within their rights to refuse to work for her.

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But actually they've buckled round and worked really hard for her,

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-which has been brilliant.

-She did a really, really good job

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and I actually think she quite likes taking command.

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Right, guys, let's get out of here.

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-Bye guys!

-Bye, Megan!

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Bye Megan, have fun.

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The canoeists have half a day's hard paddle to complete 11 miles.

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While Megan heads to a clearing to wait for the helicopter.

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It's full of pale sulphur butterflies taking in moisture

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from the riverbank.

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But there's another, more deadly creature lurking nearby.

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I just spotted a 30-foot anaconda!

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It's a little bit scary, because that's a whole lot bigger than me!

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If it wanted, it could just, like, eat me for dinner.

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Anacondas are the world's largest, heaviest snake.

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There are tales of them eating humans,

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but in reality they're very shy.

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The local guides head closer.

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They're trying to catch it!

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But it's off like a shot.

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It's coming! I'm really excited!

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I'm going in a helicopter! It's my first time ever!

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Megan gets a birds-eye view of the unspoilt rainforest.

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They look like little broccoli trees, it's really funny.

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Back on the river, they're slowly closing in on their epic goal,

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but they're having to dig deep.

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For the past mile, we've been doing four miles an hour.

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And we've got seven miles to go.

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I was hoping it was a lot less than that.

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My shoulders are starting to burn a little bit.

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Suddenly, an unwelcome passenger climbs aboard one of the canoes.

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There's a tarantula there and..

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I don't want to sit on my seat just in case it, like, jumps.

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That is tiny.

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But it's disgusting!

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Come on, something that big, what you're 20 million times bigger than?

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You're scared of it?

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Regan comes to the rescue.

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I didn't kill it, it swims.

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You can see it, it's back there on the water.

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At the harpy eagle nesting site, Megan is in luck.

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The chick hasn't flown far away from the nest.

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It's really exciting, because I'm finally getting the harness on

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to go up and see the big birdie!

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It's a little bit frightening,

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because apparently I'm not far off prey size!

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She needs to climb 30 metres up into the rainforest canopy.

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Perfect!

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Wow, you're cruising!

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I'm just hanging in the air!

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I feel like I can fly!

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I'm coming to get you, birdie!

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This is really fun.

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Oh my God, look down there!

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Well done, Megan.

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And she fearlessly makes it all the way up.

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Very good. Stay there.

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She's massive!

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Before long, the chick will be preying on animals

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as big as howler monkeys.

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Cor, look at her feet!

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Her claws are like that long!

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The huge chick seems equally intrigued by Megan.

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She's looking at me now!

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She's checking me out for dinner!

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Hello!

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Hello!

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She's a really little baby.

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The adult must be absolutely huge.

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It's a magical and extremely rare encounter.

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That was absolutely amazing.

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I crossed my fingers last night that it would be here this morning.

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And he stayed there and I got to see him.

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On the river, the end is almost in sight,

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and they're making one final superhuman push.

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I'm enjoying it a lot. It is hard though.

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Because obviously something like this, you've got to work to get.

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And that's what we're doing.

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Over five days, they've paddled a phenomenal 75 miles.

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And at last they approach the end of the Burro-Burro river,

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where it joins the larger Sipuruni.

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What can we see?

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We have completed the Burro-Burro, yeah?

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Another record-breaking achievement for the young explorers.

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Ecstatic at the minute.

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So glad we've done it, completed our mission of getting here.

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That's a long, long way in anyone's book,

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let alone in one of these things.

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So really, really amazing effort on all their parts.

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There have been low parts during it and we have thought,

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"Why are we here in the pouring rain?"

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But this is just worth it, it's just incredible.

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Next time on Serious Explorers:

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the expedition reaches an awe-inspiring climax,

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trekking to the bottom of an immense waterfall.

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Can't get much better than this, really!

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And abseiling off the top.

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That is the best view in the whole world!

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The explorers undertake a marathon five-day journey by dug-out canoe, attempting to be the first children to paddle 75 miles down a remote jungle river. The demanding challenge leads to much bickering and argument, but the team also have some amazing animal encounters, spotting howler monkeys, tarantulas and a massive anaconda, the world's largest snake.

One of the team earns a remarkable treat, climbing 100 feet up into the rainforest canopy for a rare encounter with a harpy eagle chick.


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