Imagine returning to a place of incredible youthful adventure. And now imagine that place was 1000 miles away. How would you get there?
I’m guessing you wouldn’t plan on going the whole 1000 miles on foot, right?
Well in May 2016 Andy is setting off to do just that. Covering on average 33 miles per day he’ll travel through Scotland, England, Belgium, France and Switzerland before he reaches Chamonix about six weeks later.
Andy will be stopping off along the way too, you see walking and running to Chamonix is just a “pretext” for a lot of things ….. He’s setting out to share an adventure that will shine a light on who we are and how we got here … He’ll be passing World War One battlefields exactly 100 years after some of the bloodiest battles cost millions of lives.
He’ll pass through the English Midlands where the industrial revolution started 300 years ago. And visit Edinburgh, a place that played a pivotal role in the Enlightenment, a place that Benjamin Franklin visited twice (1759 and 1771) to find the “very finest ideas” in Science and Philosophy.
Even before he goes he’ll have walked or ran 1500 miles in training which will allow him to explore even more. He’ll be looking at The Declaration of Arbroath (a Scottish town) from 1320 on which the U.S. Declaration of Independence was based 400 years later. Running along Roman roads, defensive walls, costal barriers and generally getting a view of the world we live in a very unique not to say challenging way.
Andy will visit London which has so many stories to give up and Canterbury, Dunkirk, Ypres and Reims. He pass through Champagne country, cross the Jura mountains and stop by at CERN on the French/Swiss border (where The Large Hadron Collider is sighted) and visit the UN Headquarters in Geneva where the USA & Soviet Union held nuclear reduction arms talks in the 1970’s.
Andy will also be working hard to recruit, inspire and support 100 fellow Mid-lifers to discover their own adventure and help him raise tens of thousands of pounds for an International Children’s Charity.
So you see it’s not just an incredibly challenging adventure to cover 33 miles a day, day after day for a 1000 miles on foot but an opportunity to explore our history, learn about our present and make a difference to our future. Starting today.