Tonight’s episode of "Gold Rush" finds Todd Hoffman and crew searching one more tip about a gold claim in Guyana, South America and is titled “South America – Guyanese Gold.” This is the third place they are searching in South America. Peru was too dangerous, Chile did not produce enough, and now they are in the jungle of Guyana, where the mystery continues.
As they fly above, there is no permafrost, and the weather is suitable for year-round mining; provided there is gold to be found. They met up with a Klondike miner, Marshall, who set up a meeting with a powerful Guyanese claim owner named Ed Hopkinson. This is their last chance to mine in South America, and time is of the essence, as the Klondike season will soon be starting if this area of South America proves to be a bust. Ed showed them a huge nine-ounce nugget that was found there, and gave them permission to prospect his claim.
The last time they were in Guyana, they went on a wild goose chase. If that happens again, it will be the last time they try. As they flew to Mahdia, they saw the verdant land below that looked so beautiful from above. Once on the ground, they had to trek through the dense jungle, that from the ground was not so friendly. As a muddy creek blocked the path to the Maple Creek claim. It was not bad enough that the pickup truck got stuck; but can they bring heavy equipment through this muck?
Marshall knew of one more place on Ed’s land, but he did not know if it was virgin ground or not. So one more chance for South American gold, and if this did not pan out, they would go back to the Klondike. On the way back on the river, they saw many illegal miners searching for their treasure.
As they dug, they found large deposits of quartz, usually found near a gold deposit. With precious time running out, Dave Turin is losing his patience. He knows what he has in the Klondike, and is tired of being like a dog chasing its tail. The ultimatum is given, if Todd cannot find an excavator within 48-hours, they will scrap the jungle and head to the Klondike.
Todd and Jack found an excavator, but the rental was $3,000 a day. In the Klondike, $500 a day is the norm. The man had the only excavator they could use, so they had no choice. When they returned to the claim, Freddy and Dave were already mining two different sides of the claim. Dave found nothing, but Freddy had better luck. So they dug a test hole and sure enough, the gold was there, worth $50 a yard. Now Dave’s dream has come true; he never saw gold of such magnitude since he has been mining. Todd put a call into Ed to draw up a deal for the Q.O.D. part of his claim, when Ed told him that he leased that part to someone else. Now Todd has to negotiate with a stranger, or go home.
When Todd found Tony, he was hunting for pigeons. He gave Todd a gun and let him try his luck. In the end, he asked how long the Klondike season was? It was 150-160 days long. He will give them that much time to try their luck in Guyana. When the time is up, the deal may or may not be up for renegotiation. Tune in to the next episode of "Gold Rush" to see what happens on this new expedition.
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