I am walking around the world with my dog. Over 1121 days I've walked 15500 miles across 27 countries. AMA!
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In April 2015 I left my home in New Jersey to embark on a five year, seven continent walk around the world. I wasn't a navy seal, park ranger or even an eagle scout, just a guy with a dream.
After a friend died at seventeen my understanding of the world was reordered. I had never been close to someone who died before. I suddenly saw life as something fragile. I realized needed to make the most of the short time I have - I wanted adventure and to see the world.
Karl Bushby that gave me the idea of walking around the world. Then from seventeen to twenty-six I kept The World Walk my aim. I went to college, worked, paid off loans, worked, saved, then decided to set off before I had too much responsibility. By twenty-six I had enough saved that if I lived frugally I could walk while still paying off my student loans for two years.
However, about a month before leaving, the owner of Philadelphia Sign reached out to me. He knew my friend, Anne Marie, and wanted to support my walk. Now, Philadelphia Sign gives me enough money to see this thing through and donates a dollar a mile to Anne Marie’s scholarship fund.
I’ve been walking for 1121 days and have covered 15,550 miles over twenty-seven countries. After four months of walking I adopted Savannah and we’ve been together ever since. Currently I’m in Ferrara, Italy, and my next country will be Slovenia.
During my first two years I walked from New Jersey, USA to Montevideo, Uruguay. I slept in orange groves, palm plantations and deserts. I saw the bodies of a gang execution in El Salvador, did ayahuasca in the Amazon, climbed 15,000 feet over the Andes, and stumbled upon the Argentinian Carnival. After South America I took a ship to Antarctica where I took a plunge in its icy waters and kayaked beside humpbacks.
After South America I was almost taken out by a bacterial infection from which I spent seven months recovering. This previous year, after regaining my strength, I walked from Denmark to Spain, then across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. I peregrinated The Camino, lived on fresh sardines in Morocco and had a twenty-four hour police escort through Algeria and most of Tunisia.
As for Savannah, she was four months old when I adopted her. When she was a pup I pushed her in my cart. Now she’ll walk thirty miles a day and still be running around at night. In Central and South America it was fairly easy crossing borders with her. To get her into Europe we spent a month in New Jersey doing her paperwork. I’ve spent nearly every minute of every day with her since adopting her. She’s my best friend and a great watch dog at night.
If you'd like to follow along I do my best to post daily photos (and have recently been putting some videos together).
If you’d like to receive postcards from the road or simply support The Walk, check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/theworldwalk
Also, here's an infographic which shows some highlights of my first two years.
(For those of you wondering how I started walking four years ago when I say I’ve been walking for 1121 days, I only count the days I’m on the road and I was sick for nearly a year!)