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by Karl Bushby category: Sports
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 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.