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A Walk Around The World

by Karl Bushby category: Sports

“Follow Karl Bushby across America, part of his 20 yr 36k mile walk around the world-longest in human history #The3000 http://thndr.it/1aEtPfg

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Karl Bushby
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This campaign ended on December 03, 2013 at 12PM

A Walk Around The World

THE 3000

The 3000 is Karl Bushby's walk across America from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.  It's part of a larger expedition - The Odyssey - in which Mr. Bushby hopes to complete the longest continuous walk in human history. Mr. Bushby has already logged 20,000 miles over the past 15 years, having walked the lengths of South and North America, and he plans to finish the remaining 16,000 miles of his journey through Asia and Europe over the next several years.


In 1998, Mr. Busbhy, a former British paratrooper, set out from the southern tip of Chile to walk back to his hometown of Hull, England. He was the first person in recorded history to cross the Bering Strait on foot. He has passed through over a dozen countries--through deserts, mountains, jungles, blistering heat and bone-chilling cold--and has inspired thousands of people along the way. The 3000 is an attempt to convince the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. to allow him re-entry into Siberia so he can continue his journey.  He hopes that by showing the Russians his willingness to walk across the entire United States with his visa application in hand, he will appeal to their goodwill and illustrate the vastness of the human spirit with his dogged determination to fulfill a dream.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

Join our Thunderclap, which will go out exactly three months into The 3000. Spread the word. Follow Karl on Twitter and Instagram @bushby3000. Check out his website http://bushby3000.com where you can track him via live GPS. If he's in your area, go out and say hi! Walk with him, bring him a sandwich, or just give him a drive-by thumbs up. 

Karl will arrive in D.C. in late Spring, 2014, and the more supporters he's got when he arrives, the more likely the Russian Embassy will be sympathetic to his request. 

With every contribution to the Thunderclap, Karl will be one small step closer to achieving a truly extraordinary goal and inspiring thousands, if not millions of others to go after their dreams no matter how "impossible" they may seem. 

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Karl Bushby
@bushby3000

In November, 1998, I embarked on an unimaginable journey and adventure. I had set for myself the ultimate personal mission--to walk from the southern tip of South America back to my home in the UK, unassisted by any form of transport. In short, this would be the longest ever continuous journey on foot--approximately 36,000 miles, spanning 25 countries, from vast deserts, mountain ranges and deep jungles to the Arctic. I would walk through every conceivable environment and among a myriad of peoples and cultures, and it was expected to take over a decade at best. I'd face down three major obstacles--the Darien Gap, a 200 mile swath of war-torn jungle between Colombia and Panama; the Bering Strait, the notorious 57 mile stretch of fast moving crushed ice and water between the U.S. and Russia; and the 21-mile channel tunnel linking the UK and Europe.

After 8 years, having arrived in Russia via the Bering Strait and pushed 2,000 miles into Siberia, I ran into technical and bureaucratic problems that resulted in a five-year visa ban. In response to the ban and with the help of supporters and friends, I organized and funded a journey across the US, 3000 miles from LA to the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C., to hand deliver a letter to the Russian Ambassador asking him to reconsider the visa ban.

Spreading the word about my mission is important for a couple of reasons. First, on a personal level, I cannot go home until I've finished The Odyssey, which means getting back into Russia. What might have taken me five years to complete will now take 10 or more unless the Russians lift my visa ban. I truly believe the more support I have, the more likely the Russian Embassy will be sympathetic to my cause.

Secondly, and more importantly, I hope to inspire others to fulfill their dreams by doing something everyone told me was impossible. Physically speaking, the most difficult parts of the journey are over, and with your support I can show the world that very little on Earth is actually impossible.

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