The jungles of Ghana claimed its first victim of Discovery Channel’s Jungle Gold, as George and Scott made the decision to send mechanic Travis home to Utah.
It was not a surprise that Travis went home. He was not cut out for the type of roadside, on-site mechanic work that is required on a gold claim, and he was extremely unhappy in Ghana. If George and Scott had not sent him home, it is quite possible he would have sent himself packing, although he stated otherwise last night, indicating that as long as he was being paid, he was sticking it out in the jungle. But, his skill set just did not match the problems they were encountering as work progressed.
No Ghana Gold Rush for Scott and George
The claim in Ghana is not working out for George and Scott as they had hoped, planned and, frankly, assumed. Ghana is in the midst of a gold rush, and the lure of just going out and digging up gold may be more of a myth than an actuality, particularly for those who are simply not accustomed to the harsh living conditions Ghana has to offer on the gold claims. And, although George and Scott are good talkers, so far they are not the best of gold miners—and they don’t have a grace period in which to learn, as their investor is about ready to pull the plug.
After a harsh conversation with Scott last week, Mitch, the pair’s lead investor, thought that George’s visit while he was at home straightening out some personal financial problems was to put some gold in his hand. When he learned otherwise, he could barely control his temper.
“Last time I talked to you, you promised me, 24 hours, I’ll have gold in your hand.” He was incredibly unimpressed with the "about an ounce" George told him they had mined thus far. “Don’t make me come out there,” he warned George.
Hope Waning After Pit One
The pair had hoped that the first pit they were digging would yield at least $60,000 for their operation. However, when all was said and done, Scott sold their take for about $4,000, about $3,000 of which stayed with the duo, but was almost all gone immediately to pay awaiting debts in Ghana, leaving them unable to send anything home.
The bottom line?
“We have about four days’ worth of fuel left,” Scott told George when he arrived back at the site after his trip home to Utah. “If we don’t get gold out of the ground in the next four days, it’s over. … It’s never been as bad as it is now.”
Thus, the exit of Travis and his $5,000-month salary.
“I hate this place,” Scott said bluntly to the camera after yet another mechanical failure; will he and George be the next to go home empty-handed?
Jungle Gold airs on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 10/9c.
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