A long walk back to Dublin (COMPLETED)

pad406

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Last year I gave myself the goal of walking to Disney from Dublin in order to motivate myself, details are here. I found it a great way to keep myself motivated and focused, so now it's time to start again. This challenge is going to be a bit bigger, I'm going to walk back the long way around, visiting all the other Disney Parks on my way (Aluani thrown in to break up the Pacific a bit :)).

So in total the journey is 18,163 miles, true to form I convert that to minutes and that's how long I walk. Based on the last time I'd expect to take approximately 11 months and I should cover about 1,200 miles. In order to break the journey up and give me smaller goals along the way, I have added in some places to see along the way, hopefully this will keep me focused. So my journey goes like this

Orlando
Talahasse :teeth:
Mobile :teeth:
New Orleans :teeth:
Houston :teeth:
San Antonio :teeth:
Ciudad Juarez :teeth:
Tuscon :teeth:
Phoenix :teeth:
Anaheim :teeth:
Hawaii :teeth:

Midway Islands :teeth:
Tokyo :teeth:
Fukoka, Japan :teeth:
Shanghai :teeth:
Fuzhou, China:teeth:
Honk Kong :teeth:
Hanoi, Vietnam :teeth:
Mandalay, Burm :teeth:
Chittagong, Bangladeshv :teeth:
Bogra, Bangladesh :teeth:
Mt. Everst, Nepal :teeth:
Lucknow, India :teeth:
New Delhi, India :teeth:
Multan, Pakistan :teeth:
Kabul, Afghanistan :teeth:
Herat, Afghanistan :teeth:
Sabzevar, Iran :teeth:
Tehran, Iran :teeth:
Tabriz, Iran :teeth:
Elazig, Turkey :teeth:
Ankara, Turkey :teeth:
Istanbul Turkey :teeth:
Sofia, Bulgaria :teeth:
Belgrade, Serbia :teeth:
Budapest, Hungary :teeth:
Graz, Austria :teeth:
Munich, Germany :teeth:
Zurich, Switzerland :teeth:
Dijon, France :teeth:
Paris, France
Le Harve, France :teeth:
London, England :teeth:
Cardiff, Wales :teeth:
Fishguard, Wales :teeth:
Wexford, Ireland :teeth:
Lucan (Dublin) :teeth::teeth::teeth::teeth::teeth:
 
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pad406

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So I started yesterday and actually got 2 walks in

21/02/15 - 77m
21/02/15 - 55m
22/02/15 - 54m

Total 186m, 1.02% of total and 85% of the way to Talahasse.
 
  • pad406

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    Off to a flying start

    23/02/15 - 25m
    23/02/15 - 53m
    24/02/15 - 53m

    So I also decided to try and find out 3 new things about the places I pass on the way (shouldn't be too difficult :rotfl2:)

    First up, Tallahassee

    1. I never knew that it was the state capital of Florida, always had just assumed that it was Miami
    2. I also never knew that it has the 2nd oldest police force in the US, preceded only by the Philadelphia Police
    3. It's a sister city of Sligo in Ireland :thumbsup2
     

    pad406

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    Wow, knew it had been a while, but not that long.

    Anyways, walking is going ok, life and horrible weather has been getting in the way a bit, so I'm not quite as far as I'd like. Probably about 6-7 days behind schedule. So the update is as follows:

    25/02/2015 - 53m
    01/03/2015 - 54m
    03/03/2015 - 26m
    04/03/2015 - 53m
    07/03/2015 - 52m
    08/03/2015 - 54m
    09/03/2015 - 54m
    10/03/2015 - 55m
    11/03/2015 - 54m
    14/03/2015 - 54m
    15/03/2015 - 79m
    17/03/2015 - 57m

    On my quest for 3 new things to learn, well, as expected that is proving really easy :) problem is deciding which 3 to choose.

    Mobile
    1. Went from part of French Louisiana to British West Florida to Spanish West Florida to Republic of West Florida to Mississippi Territory to Alabama
    2. Was a major part of the ship building efforts during WWII
    3. First African American Mayor elected in 2005

    New Orleans
    1. That the Mardi Gras can trace it's roots back to the early 18th century
    2. It's one of the top 10 most visited cities in the US
    3. The port has the longest wharf in the world

    Houston
    1. Is the 4th most populace city in the US
    2. Was only founded in 1836
    3. Sister city of Perth in Australia (my SIL is from there)

    San Antonio
    1. Has a Trinity University (so does Dublin but it's called Trinity College)
    2. Claims to be the birthplace of Chilli (as in the spicy stew)
    3. Is home the the UASF Basic Military Training, the only one in the US
     

    pad406

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    Bit of an improvement this week, have caught up a bit, would have been more had it not been lashing rain tonight :(

    18/03/2015 58m
    19/03/2015 22m
    20/03/2005 34m
    21/03/2015 52m
    21/03/2015 59m
    22/03/2015 60m
    23/03/2015 30m
    23/03/2015 53m
    24/03/2015 22m
    24/03/2015 58m
    25/03/2015 32m

    So last time I was about 70% of what I had scheduled, now I'm up to 82%. Would really like to be back on track by the time I get to Anaheim but I don't think that's a reasonable expectation. We'll see
     

    pad406

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    Well, Anaheim has come and gone, still behind schedule and now heading to the long trek across the pacific, 35% of the total journey. It's been really hard to keep to the schedule, just 1 or 2 missed days really begin to add up, hopefully as the weather improves I'll not only catch up, but even build up a bit of a buffer. So since last report:

    26/03/2015 33m
    26/03/2015 33m
    27/03/2015 32m
    28/03/2015 41m
    29/03/2015 53m
    30/03/2015 24m
    31/03/2015 62m
    01/04/2015 23m
    01/04/2015 60m
    03/04/2015 22m
    04/04/2015 65m
    05/04/2015 65m
    06/04/2015 65m
    07/04/2015 30m
    08/04/2015 61m
    10/04/2015 30m
    11/04/2015 54m
    12/04/2015 70m
    13/04/2015 72m

    My new waypoints hit are:

    Ciudad Juarez
    1. It's on the Rio Grande
    2. A major point of entry to the US, almost 23m crossing in 2008
    3. Unfortunately has a major crime problem
    Tuscon
    1. Sister city to Roscommon in Ireland (my mother's home town)
    2. Has a 'Stupid Motorist Law' to try and stop people driving into flooded areas
    3. Hosts one of the largest Gem & Mineral shows in the world
    Phoenix
    1. Most populous state capital in the US
    2. Sister city to Ennis in Ireland
    3. The Miranda Warning originated from here
    Anaheim
    1. Tiger Woods is from here
    2. Was formed by 50 German families
    3. The band 'No Doubt' is from there, one of my favorites
     
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    So it's been a long time again. Merrily making my way across the pacific. Slowly but surely. No more waypoints to date, should have been at Hawaii by now, but struggling to catch up on previous lost time, still 82% of where I should be. Oh, and I need new shoes :)

    14/04/2015 71
    15/04/2015 71
    18/04/2015 60
    19/04/2015 60
    19/04/2015 41
    20/04/2015 33
    21/04/2015 73
    22/04/2015 34
    25/04/2015 71
    26/04/2015 72
    27/04/2015 72
    28/04/2015 72
    29/04/2015 67
    03/05/2015 42
    06/05/2015 72
    11/05/2015 23
    11/05/2015 72
    12/05/2015 29
    12/05/2015 71
    13/05/2015 28
    13/05/2015 71
    14/05/2015 25
    15/05/2015 28
    16/05/2015 71
    16/05/2015 72
    18/05/2015 23
    19/05/2015 73
    20/05/2015 27
    20/05/2015 71
    21/05/2015 38
    23/05/2015 74
    24/05/2015 74
    24/05/2015 55
     

    pad406

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    25/05/2015 28
    25/05/2015 73
    26/05/2015 48
    26/05/2015 73
    27/05/2015 33
    27/05/2015 53
    30/05/2015 63
    31/05/2015 60
    02/06/2015 73
    03/06/2015 27
    03/06/2015 53
    06/06/2015 73

    Week before last was really good, average 71m per day, my best week so far. Last week, though, the weather turned bad again, only managed 43m per day :(

    But anyway, happy days, made my second Disney park, Aluani :)

    So 3 things I didn't know about Honolulu
    Bette Midler was born there
    The Airport has a Reef Runway, the first major runway constructed off shore. It was a designated alternate landing for the Space Shuttle. I bet it's beautiful to land there :)
    It has such a beautiful climate, 25C-28C average 12 months of the year, bliss
     
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    pad406

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    07/06/2015 53
    08/06/2015 32
    08/06/2015 75
    09/06/2015 33
    10/06/2015 34
    10/06/2015 75
    11/06/2015 43
    11/06/2015 30
    13/06/2015 64
    14/06/2015 60
    15/06/2015 30
    16/06/2015 28
    20/06/2015 33
    20/06/2015 35
    20/06/2015 72
    21/06/2015 74
    22/06/2015 38
    22/06/2015 71
    23/06/2015 39
    23/06/2015 71
    24/06/2015 29
    24/06/2015 63
    25/06/2025 29
    25/06/2015 27
    26/06/2015 30
    26/06/2015 32
    27/06/2015 60
    27/06/2015 53
    28/06/2015 105
    29/06/2015 40
    29/06/2015 74
    30/06/2015 30
    30/06/2015 72
    01/07/2015 27
    01/07/2015 72
    02/07/2015 29
    02/07/2015 40
    03/07/2015 74

    Another 4 weeks gone, man time is flying. So I got to Midway Islands and am on my way to Tokyo. Had a really good week last week, managed an average of 92m per day and I'm really making inroads to my backlog. Most days now I get a walk in at lunchtime when at work and that is really helping. So early August (3rd or 4th) I'm due in Fukoka in Japan, which is the half way mark of my journey so I'm really hoping that I can be back on schedule by then.

    So what did I learn about the Midway Islands that I didn't know:

    1. They are not considered part of the Hawaiian group, I thought they were
    2. For such a small place it has a huge population of seabirds, 3,000,000 or therabouts, particularly Albatrosses
    3. There is on going work to try and remove all non native plantlife from the island
    Most likely I won't do another post till I reach Tokyo so here's where I'm at now

    Totals
    Time 6,706
    Km 693
    kCal 71,285
    Progress 36.92%
    Steps 912,615
     

    pad406

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    Got 2 walks in yesterday and today and so happy, my best week ever, average of 105m per day :) Go me !!!!

    04/07/2015 71
    04/07/2015 62
    05/07/2015 73
    05/07/2015 72

    So I'm now down from a high of 19 1/2 hours behind schedule to only 7 1/2 hrs. I'm feeling a lot more confident now of catching up by Fukoka. And finally I reckon that I'll make the 1,000,000 steps milestone this week :) I'll keep you posted
     
  • pad406

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    :cool1: Another really good week, average of 103m per day:cool1:

    06/07/2015 29
    06/07/2015 60
    07/07/2015 26
    07/07/2015 41
    08/07/2015 42
    08/07/2015 64
    09/07/2012 37
    09/07/2015 33
    09/07/2015 28
    10/07/2015 22
    10/07/2015 60
    11/07/2015 91
    11/07/2015 38
    12/07/2015 87
    12/07/2015 66

    So now I'm only 102m behind schedule, should easily catch that up this week. I also passed the 1,000,000 steps milestone on Thursday :thumbsup2
     

    pad406

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    Great news, I've caught up at last. So for the first time since the very early days I'm ahead of schedule. Only 48m but it's a start :cool1:

    13/07/2015 38
    13/07/2015 68
    14/07/2015 39
    14/07/2015 66
    15/07/2015 38
    15/07/2015 66
     

    pad406

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    :cool1: reached Tokyo 5 days ahead of schedule. Been really determined and it's paying off.

    17/07/2015 23
    17/07/2015 67
    18/07/2015 51
    18/07/2015 65
    19/07/2015 86
    19/07/2015 65
    20/07/2015 39
    20/07/2015 67
    21/07/2015 34
    21/07/2015 66

    So 3 facts about Tokyo

    1. It's not really a city, it is a mixture of a city and a prefecture (administrative jurisdiction).So it's a bit like a built up county
    2. It has the most Michelin star restaurants in the world
    3. Some islands that form part of Tokyo are as far as 1,150 miles away
     

    pad406

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    Yeah, I've made it to the halfway point, and nearly 10 days ahead of schedule :)

    22/07/2015 65
    23/07/2015 39
    23/07/2015 28
    23/07/2015 26
    24/07/2015 29
    24/07/2015 67
    25/07/2015 120
    26/07/2015 66
    27/07/2015 42
    27/07/2015 41

    Totals
    9,155 minutes so far
    948km or 593 miles
    97,981 Calories
    1,249,016 Steps
    50.40% Progress

    the last 5 weeks have been tough but worth it. My target is 55m per day but over these weeks I have averaged 99m per day. I'm tired but happy :)
     

    pad406

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    Have passed Shanghai on the way to Honk Kong now

    28/07/2015 40
    28/07/2015 67
    29/07/2015 34
    29/07/2015 66
    30/07/2015 38
    30/07/2015 28
    30/07/2015 27
    31/07/2015 34
    01/08/2015 66
    01/08/2015 65
    02/08/2015 65

    So 3 facts about Fukoka and Shanghai

    Fukoka first.
    It was one of Newsweeks 10 most dynamic cities in 2005
    It has an annual festival Yamakasa dating back to 1241
    It is a sister city to Atlanta Georgia

    Shanghai
    It's the largest city (by population) in the world
    It has 72 sister cities
    It was the birthplace of Chinese film

    Oh, and finally, I have just passed the 1,000km mark (about 625 miles)
     
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    pad406

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    Just had my best week ever :) Average of 113m per day!!!

    So now I'm actually further ahead than I ever was behind, it feels good :) I'll be going on holidays for 10 days in about two weeks (not Disney this year unfortunately). Whilst I'll be doing a lot of walking it will me more of strolls around enjoying ourselves than my 'walks'. I do hope that I will get some in to at least keep up and not loose ground on my gains, but only time will tell if that's possible, it is a holiday after all :) At the very worst and I do absolutely no 'walking' I'll still be 10hrs ahead of schedule.

    03/08/2015 64
    03/08/2015 67
    04/08/2015 87
    04/08/2015 67
    05/08/2015 67
    06/08/2015 42
    06/08/2015 26
    07/08/2015 68
    08/08/2015 83
    08/08/2015 65
    09/08/2015 88
    09/08/2015 67

    So 2 more waypoints hit

    Fozhou, China
    • There have been remains of a culture dating back to 5,000BC found in the city
    • It was the site of one of China's first experiments in Western Technology with the founding of a Naval Shipyard
    • It has one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in China (from 964AD)
    Hong Kong (my 5th and penultimate park, though Paris is a long way off)
    • Hong Kong, by itself, is the 45th largest economy in the world
    • Hong Kong women are the longest living demographic group in the world
    • It has the most skyscrapers in the world
     
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    pad406

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    Another good week, averaged 111m per day.

    10/08/2015 39
    10/08/2015 67
    11/08/2015 39
    11/08/2015 67
    12/08/2015 44
    12/08/2015 66
    13/08/2015 37
    14/08/2015 39
    14/08/2015 67
    15/08/2015 21
    15/08/2015 70
    15/08/2015 66
    16/08/2015 87
    16/08/2015 66

    Reached Hanoi in Vietnam.

    • PWC have forecasted that Hanoi will be the fastest growing city in the world, in terms of GDP, from 2008 to 2025.
    • It as the largest underground shopping mall in Asia
    • It was the Capitol of French IndoChina
    So on I go, 5 more days and I start my holiday, can't wait
     

    pad406

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    Ok so it's been a really long time, 6 weeks.My holidays have been and gone, in fact a long distant memory at this stage :(.

    I got quite a bit of walking in though during the holidays was great and have managed to keep up the pace and am constantly increasing my gap against the target.

    So in the last 6 weeks
    I am now at 80% of my target and 44 days ahead of schedule
    I'm only 10,000 steps away from 2,000,000 steps overall

    These are my walks since the last post:
    17/08/2015 38
    17/08/2015 67
    18/08/2015 39
    18/08/2015 65
    19/08/2015 74
    20/08/2015 85
    20/08/2015 65
    23/08/2015 41
    23/08/2015 32
    24/08/2015 51
    25/08/2015 90
    25/08/2015 14
    26/08/2015 46
    27/08/2015 50
    28/08/2015 88
    29/08/2015 87
    30/08/2015 80
    31/08/2015 63
    01/09/2015 43
    01/09/2015 53
    02/09/2015 39
    02/09/2015 65
    02/09/2015 34
    03/09/2015 23
    03/09/2015 16
    03/09/2015 25
    04/09/2015 15
    05/09/2015 60
    05/09/2015 60
    06/09/2015 64
    06/09/2015 67
    07/09/2015 34
    07/09/2015 61
    08/09/2015 37
    08/09/2015 60
    09/09/2015 28
    09/09/2015 55
    10/09/2015 16
    10/09/2015 86
    12/09/2015 55
    13/09/2015 87
    13/09/2015 60
    15/09/2015 43
    15/09/2015 65
    16/09/2015 32
    17/09/2015 28
    17/09/2015 18
    17/09/2015 21
    18/09/2015 67
    19/09/2015 87
    20/09/2015 84
    20/09/2015 55
    21/09/2015 29
    22/09/2015 38
    22/09/2015 67
    24/09/2015 43
    24/09/2015 18
    24/09/2015 21
    26/09/2015 90
    26/09/2015 66
    27/09/2015 86

    And these are the waypoints that I reached

    Mandalay, Burma
    • Mandalay traffic has a culture of 'anything goes'. It's chaotic
    • The City's populations is nearly 1/2 Chinese now
    • George Orwell lived there for a time
    Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • It was the site of the Declaration of Bangladesh Independence in 1971
    • The British Council supervises O and A level exams here
    • In 1991 a cyclone left nearly 10,000,000 million people homeless
    Bogra, Bangladesh
    • Was a crucial area in the battle for independence
    • Is often referred to as the 'town of banks'
    • It's a major producer of Red Chillis
    Mt. Everst, Nepal
    • The youngest person to reach the summit was 13, Jordan Romero
    • 2 people have reached the summit 21 times, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi
    • Although the highest mountain it's not the furthers from the centre of the earth, that is Mt Chimbaorazo in the Andes
    Lucknow, India
    • It's a major IT hub in India
    • It was India's first CCTV city with over 9,000 cameras throughout the city
    • Handicrafts account for 60% of it's exports
    New Delhi, India
    • Construction only started in 1911
    • Is ranked as the World's most polluted city by the WHO
    • It is renowned for its beautifully landscaped gardens
    Multan, Pakistan
    • Is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back 6,000 years
    • Is known as the City of Surfi and City of Saints due to the large number of shrines and saints there
    • Is a major agriculture city
    Kabul, Afghanistan
    • It has no train service at all
    • It's the 5th fastest growing city in the world
    • In 2012 it is estimate that $3.2bn was paid in bribes
    Herat, Afghanistan
    • Known as the gateway to Iran
    • Was traditionally known fr its wine
    • Due to it's strategic position it has had a very turbulent past
    Sabzevar, Iran
    • Is a large agricultural centre
    • Dates back to the first millennium BC
    • After the Mongol invasion was the first part of iran to move towards freedom
     
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    pad406

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    Well, it has been a long, a very unactive 5 weeks. Between starting college at night, life and the not so beautiful Irish weather I've dropped way off the pace. But I'm still ahead of the initial target and hope to get back into it again soon.
     



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