Starting in October 1994, Arthur traveled for four months across the breadth of Africa from Senegal to the Indian Ocean. He traveled solo and usually on back roads using local transportation: bus, taxi, camel and on foot.

(Read an excerpt from Arthur's journal)

By mid-November, he was in the desert-frontier town of Agadez, Niger. Because of a violent rebellion against the government brought by the northern desert tribes in Mali and Niger, travel was severely restricted.

At this critical juncture, Arthur hired a guide named Abba Kele. They traveled with salt caravans through the Tenere Desert to an oasis northwest towards Libya. From there they walked with one camel to Chad--a journey of nine hundred miles.