A long walk back to Dublin (COMPLETED)

piccolopat

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This sounds great but I have to ask - are you actually walking around the world or walking locally and tracking how far that distance would take you? A walk around the globe would be fantastic if safety wasn't a concern. I'm really hoping you aren't physically walking through Iran. Either way, the distance you are covering is incredible.
 

pad406

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Mar 23, 2010
No, walking around my neighbourhood (and some in Italy when we were on holidays). And it's not based on distance really. I take the distance in miles and walk that many minutes. I expect it to be about 1,200 miles when I'm done, currently at 1,099. The 'distance' I had worked out to be 18,163 miles, which would take 12 1/2 years at 4 miles per day every day. I use the map to keep me encouraged and 'show' my progress. Same idea as posting here really. Last time I walked from Dublin to Disney. Haven't decided on the next one yet. It's likely to be either all the US state capitals or all the capitals in Africa.
 


piccolopat

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No, walking around my neighbourhood (and some in Italy when we were on holidays). And it's not based on distance really. I take the distance in miles and walk that many minutes. I expect it to be about 1,200 miles when I'm done, currently at 1,099. The 'distance' I had worked out to be 18,163 miles, which would take 12 1/2 years at 4 miles per day every day. I use the map to keep me encouraged and 'show' my progress. Same idea as posting here really. Last time I walked from Dublin to Disney. Haven't decided on the next one yet. It's likely to be either all the US state capitals or all the capitals in Africa.
Still a great idea. I really need to start walking and this might just be the incentive I need. I have a long list of places that I would love to visit but I know that time, budget and physical abilities may make a lot of the list a challenge. Thanks for the great idea!
 

pad406

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Mar 23, 2010
You're welcome :)

The key, I think, is to keep the distances between the way points manageable. When I did the first from Dublin to Disney, and on this one, the hardest parts were the 'ocean crossings'. Took ages (50 days stretch for the longest). Now there's only a few days between each one so really feels that I'm making progress.
 

pad406

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Ok, progress update, after 3 months :(

28/09/2015 40
29/09/2015 33
29/09/2015 54
01/10/2015 38
01/10/2015 40
02/10/2015 61
03/10/2015 87
03/10/2015 55
04/10/2015 88
04/10/2015 55
05/10/2015 28
06/10/2015 33
08/10/2015 38
10/10/2015 87
10/10/2015 55
11/10/2015 57
12/10/2015 34
13/10/2015 38
13/10/2015 55
15/10/2015 40
17/10/2015 89
17/10/2015 40
18/10/2015 55
18/10/2015 62
19/10/2015 40
22/10/2015 40
24/10/2015 60
25/10/2015 59
26/10/2015 47
27/10/2015 34
31/10/2015 59
01/11/2015 79
01/11/2015 43
02/11/2015 39
02/11/2015 35
03/11/2015 40
04/11/2015 56
10/11/2015 56
15/11/2015 61
12/11/2015 45
19/11/2015 45
21/11/2015 60
26/11/2015 45
03/12/2015 45
08/12/2015 54
10/12/2015 24
10/12/2015 23
13/12/2015 55
15/12/2015 55
16/12/2015 26
17/12/2015 23
17/12/2015 47
19/12/2015 69
19/12/2015 35
20/12/2015 61
20/12/2015 36
21/12/2015 30
21/12/2015 33
24/12/2015 55
25/12/2015 55
26/12/2015 55
27/12/2015 54
27/12/2015 55


New waypoints reached:

Tehran, Iran
  • Tehran's roads were built for a capacity of 700,000 cars but there are currently 5,000,000 cars on the road
  • It's a sister city of Paris, London, Los Angeles, Beijing and Moscow.
  • It has the closest ski resort of any capitol city in the world
Tabriz, Iran
  • It's Bazaar is a World Heritage Site and one of the most important centers on the silk Road
  • Sister city of Gaza
  • Most of Tabriz's shopping malls are order specific, e.g., a mall for electronics, another for shoes, etc
Elazig, Turkey
  • Although inland, it is about 2/3 surrounded by water
  • Major wine producing area of Turkey
  • Chromium mining is an important industry
Ankara, Turkey
  • It's old, settlements traced back to 2000-1700 B.C.
  • There are over 50 museums in the city
  • It has exporter Mohair for centuries
Istanbul Turkey
  • Is a transcontinental city, part in Asia and part in Europe
  • Throughout it's history has ranked as one of the largest cities in the world
  • It's home to the deepest underground tunnel in the world
Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Now this is old, inhabited since 7000 B.C.
  • Europe's most affordable Capitol City
  • There are between 35.000 and 70,000 stray dogs on the streets
Belgrade, Serbia
  • Home to the biggest construction project in Europe, the Belgrade Waterfront, as a cost of €3.5bn
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art was the first Contemporary art museum in Europe
  • The Cathedral of Saint Sava is one of the largest Orthodox Church buildings in the world.
Budapest, Hungary
  • Sister City of Florence, one of my favorite places
  • It has a driverless Metro
  • Home to the largest synagogue in Europe
Graz, Austria
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is from there, well close by
  • Is the second largest city in Austria
  • The whole City is a World Cultural Heritage Sites
Munich, Germany
  • The home of Oktoberfest
  • Home of BMW
  • It has a nudist area on one of it's parks
Zurich, Switzerland
  • Public transport is very popular, over 50% of travel in Zurich
  • Was accidentally bombed during WWII
  • Is the world's largest Gold trading centre
Dijon, France
  • Gustave Eiffel studied there
  • 8 of the 10 most expensive wines in the world come from the surrounding region
  • Home of Kir, a blackcurrant liqueur
Paris, France
  • Dog owners can be fined €500 for not cleaning up faeces
  • The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world
  • It has the largest dedicated business district in Europe


So past Paris, the last Disney park, and on the way home. Only about a week to 10 days left now.
 
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pad406

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Mar 23, 2010
And this is it, the last post of time recorded, I'm finished!!! Actually finished on the 7th, which was 10 days ahead of schedule.

28/12/2015 62
29/12/2015 62
31/12/2015 62
01/01/2016 48
02/01/2016 62
02/01/2016 37
03/01/2016 55
04/01/2016 55
05/01/2016 55
07/01/2016 46

The last waypoints

Le Harve, France
  • The city received the Legion of Honour on 18 July 1949 for the "heroism with which it has faced its destruction" during WWII
  • Sister city of Tampa
  • 50th largest port in the World
London, England
  • London Zoo is the worlds oldest scientific zoo
  • The Notting Hill Carnival is the worlds 2nd largest street party
  • It has the largest airspace in the world
Cardiff, Wales
  • Roald Dahl was born there
  • The worlds first £1million cheque was signed off in the Cardiff Coal Exchange
  • It is home to the worlds oldest record store, opened in 1894
Fishguard, Wales
  • The film Moby Dick was filmed there
  • Outside Fishguard there is a stone monument commemorating the signing of the Peace Treaty after the last invasion of Britain in 1797
  • The town name Fishguard derives from old Norse fiskigarðr meaning "fish catching enclosure"
Wexford, Ireland
  • The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan was shot on one of Wexford's beaches
  • It has twin churches, Bride St and Rowe St
  • John Barry, widely credited as Father of the American Navy was from there
Lucan
  • Home to the oldest bridge in Ireland, King John's Bridge
  • Conor McGregor started his UFC career whilst living in Lucan
  • It has an American Football Team, The Dublin Dragons

So, 320 days after I started and 10 days ahead of schedule I'm back home.

Some of the facts of the journey

Time 18,181
Km 1,891
Miles 1,182
kCal 195,105
Steps 2,490,194

I'm glad it's done, but now onto planning the next one :)
 





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