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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The World Walker

Steven Newman is the only person documented to have walked around the world solo, making the trek between April 1st, 1983 and April 1st, 1987. He walked across 21 nations and 5 continents and wore out four pairs of shoes completing his voyage. He labored with farm peasants in Europe, worked in Moroccan salt mines, on Italian fishing boats, in a circus in Greece, in a school in the Thai jungles, and even as a newspaper editor in Australia. He's from nearby Bethel, Ohio and currently lives on a farm near Ripley.

From the

My dream of walking around the world was born in a nine-year-old’s excitable mind. It was during one of those frequent southern Ohio rainy afternoons, when my imagination was lost in the pages of a stack of old National Geographic magazines. Though the covers of that dignified periodical may have been worn and faded at the time, the beauty of the glossy photographs inside was still unmistakably very much alive. I knew then and there that someday I had to visit all those exotic lands and meet all those smiling faces.

Even now, nearly forty years later, I can still remember so clearly that night’s restlessness caused by the magic of those paper windows to the world “out there.” When my mother came into my bedroom, I remember looking up at her from beneath my blanket and saying, “Mom, when I grow up I know exactly what I want to do—be a writer and walk around the world!” At which point she chuckled and replied, “Oh, you mean you’ll be a soldier of fortune?”

“Yeah…,” I answered, not at all sure what a soldier of fortune was but sure that it sounded pretty exciting.

His experiences make up the book Worldwalk which he wrote to critical acclaim.


Jeremy said...

You have to read the qualifiers. Steven Newman is the only person "documented" to have walked around the world "solo". Besides, those other guys aren't from around here. : )

Both cases are simply amazing though. One thing that seems to be common to both is that each trip took four years. A lot of people go off to college for four years, or the military for four years. Travelling around the world might give young people a more eclectic education. Then you can write a book about it!

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Ken Downing said...

Jeremy, what about this guy ?

Dave and John Kunst walked from Waseca, Minnesota, to New York City and touched the Atlantic Ocean. They then flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon, Portugal and touched the Atlantic ocean on the other side. Walking across Europe and Asia to Calcutta, India, Dave touched the Indian Ocean. He then flew across the Indian Ocean to Perth, Western Australia and touched the Indian Ocean on the other side. Walking across Australia to Sydney he touched the Pacific Ocean. He then flew across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles, California, and touched the Pacific Ocean on the other side. He then walked from Newport Beach, California, back to Waseca, Minnesota, where he started, becoming the first person to walk round the earth. The walk took four years, three months and sixteen days! Dave walked 14,450 miles crossing four continents and thirteen countries, wearing out 21 pair of shoes, and walking more than 20 million steps.

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