And we’re off!

Holy moly, can’t actually believe that it’s finally come around! We had a great send off at the Crown on Saturday night, a huge thanks to The Mojo Mechanics who donated all the proceeds of the gig to Annie’s Challenge!

Saying goodbye to the family at Harwich was a tough one, although filled with hope!

But, we’re off to a flyer, we’ve managed to put about 20 miles between us and Hook of Holland! We’ve hit Rotterdam and after refuelling with a big lunch of omelette and chips we’re ready to kick on!

We haven’t been blessed with the finest of weather and last night was a little damp… But spirits are high and we’re excited as to what Holland has to offer! Although the idea of no shower until Cologne isn’t filling myself and Henry with much joy…

We’ve uploaded our first Vlog of the walk, exciting!

We’ll be doing as many of this to show everyone  what we’re up to!

More importantly please please remember why we’re doing this and keep donating, it makes it all worth it!



On the road again

So here we are, off on another tough stint after a couple of days rest. On the three occasions we’ve had people come out and visit us, it’s been great. There is however a downfall. You get back into the swing of ‘normal’ life, you kind of forget that you’re going to have to go back to sleeping in a forest, eat bread for dinner and walk 30 + km a day. It’s tough, but having said that, we’ve kinda got used to it.
After a few days rest and a road trip down to Cappadocia with my Father (Sam’s) it’s back on the road. I must add though, Cappadocia is one of the most beautiful places, I’ve ever been to. Our first morning consisted of a 4:30 am wake up call to go and see the stunning hot air balloons rise above the gorges of Cappadocia, it really was an incredible sight. Cappadocia is a maze of caves and underground cities that were inhabited by all sorts of people. We even got to stay in a cave hotel, (it was a lot comfier than it sounds, there was a bath…) but nonetheless it was a cave!
After exploring the sights and catching up with news from home, next thing we knew it was time for my father to go home! Three days rest was plenty, and our feet were given a bit of respite.
Our next stop, Rize. A solid three week walk away from where we are now, we’ll hit the town of Samsun in a couple of days, where we’ll probably take a night in a hotel, to reorganise and regroup (and most likely dry out all of our kit, rain seems to follow us). It’s crazy to think that we’ll arrive in Georgia in under a months time, although the days are long and tough, the time spent on the whole, goes so very quickly. Time flies when you’re having fun? Pah! Yeah right…


Plugging away..

It turns out that walking in the rain, is probably one of the most soul destroying things that you can do, especially when all you have to look forward to is setting up a camp, in the rain.
We’re in the middle of a pretty savage 8 day stint at the moment, involving 40 km days, so we can get to Sinop for Monday. I’m not sure as to where we are now, but what I do know is that the weather is treacherous. It’s cold, windy and wet. Last night was dire, so dire in fact that tonight we’ve had to find a hotel in order to dry kit. Poor Henry had a pretty vile night, the rain started at about 4 am, and to say it was relentless is an understatement, I managed to curl up into the foetal position and stay dry (ish). But Henry’s sleeping bag was completely soaked through, luckily the kit in our bags managed to stay dry.
As we were walking today, the rain was coming in on us on an angle, hitting us with some pace, it was just so cold! You get to the point, where you can just laugh, after that you get to the point where you’re a little angry. After that, who knows, madness perhaps.
Right now, we’re sat drinking tea eating chocolate cakes and Baklava, healing our minds with sugar and additives.
When we arrive in Sinop, we’ll have a visitor, my Father! He’s coming out for a week or so, we’ll take a few days off and go down to the beautiful Capadoccia, I’m fully expecting multiple history lessons from Mike (father) who seems to know everything about everything.
When he goes home, we’ll then be back on the road again, and actually, we won’t be in Turkey for much longer! Another 3-4 weeks and we should be hitting Georgia! Exciting times! Georgia into Azerbaijan, then a flight down to Chennai! We’re slowly but surely getting there, and the donations continue to come in which is great! Please carry on watching our vlogs, and keeping up to date on social media! http://www.kathmandu-it and Kathmandu-it (on FaceBook)


Where does the time go?

Seriously though, where does the time go? Looking back over the blogs, it’s pretty much been a year since we started planning ‘Kathmandu-it’. I remember sitting in my kitchen, with tea and biscuits going over countless ideas with Henry; routes, kit, sponsors.. In that moment you don’t really think as to what it’s going to be like when you’re actually doing it.. I was so naive as to what the expedition was going to do to me, I think Henry was too. Mentally, we’re as used to it as we can be, physically, it’s as tough as ever. We tend to do 2/3 week stints before a proper rest, no matter how fit, how strong or how tough you are, this routine is going to cause problems in some shape or form, mainly in the form of aching bones.

Since the last blog, we have seen and experienced so much, straight after writing that blog, we set off into the mountains, which if you’ve been watching our blogs you’ll know was a pretty horrific few days, although we did make a few friends, Pablo and a crazy shepheard…

We ventured through Bulgaria, which was eye opening in many respects, from poverty to holiday destinations it was a place of many contrasts. We’ve continued to sleep in strange places, meet new faces and live receive incredible generosity, too many for me too reel off on here.

And where are we now? We find ourselves on the Black Sea, Turkey. We’ve passed through Istanbul, which was probably one of the most beautiful and vibrant places I’ve ever been too. From the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia, it’s somewhere which I could go back to over and over again. Whilst in Istanbul we had to invest in new boots, which, to say the least have been causing issues… Blisters galore! Both of us have also been hit with some pretty grim sickness, violent you might say..

It’s been a while since we haven’t had a day of walking, on Friday we’re looking forward to three days off at a hotel in the beautiful town of Amasra, sun, sea and a whole lot old of sleeping!

Although, we’re tired, smelly and aching there is one thing that keeps us going, the hospitality and generosity of people. We’ve especially noticed the Turkish hospitality and friendliness, walking along the street, we’re always being offered tea, coffee or people just stopping us to ask our names and where are from..It tends to lead to a lot of miming though, our Turkish is not good…

Right, we have to go and walk! Another 50 odd kilometres and we’all be at our hotel for a nice long rest and maybe a beer… Remember, keep checking out our Facebook Kathmandu-it where you can see vlogs, pictures and updates! More importantly, please donate!




Europe is almost at an end..

Firstly, you must be thinking, how rubbish are these guys at keeping blogs? Yes, yes we are. I dare you though, to walk across Europe and stay disciplined, trust me it’s harder than it looks..I sit here at the foot of Romanian mountains outside of a small village called Borlova, looking forward to some traditional Romanian soup and other delights. There’s one thing that I never expected to say, that Romania and its people is/are beautiful. We’ve been shown nothing but kindness and generosity whilst we’ve been here, from being invited into family homes to a guided tour around Timisoara (with beer), it’s been an incredible experience, we’ll miss this place for sure… Although, we’ve got the prospect of two days in the mountains starting… This afternoon. Joy. Did someone mention something about bears? Yeah there are bears here. Not so cuddly though.

It is true that we love Romania, and Bulgaria will be great as well but we cannot wait to hit Turkey, it marks a huge achievement for us, we will have walked the entire length of Europe. But it’s another change, in culture, especially in Hungary and Romania, we’ve seen many changes in culture, from horse carts still being used for work to boarder line poverty in some places. Turkey, Iran, India are going to provide something completely different however, something we can’t wait for.

So, I promise to try and do this more often, I really do, but if I don’t with hold this promise check out our Facebook, where we have vlogs! That way you can see our lovely faces… One more thing, go to Romania! You will not be disappointed!


Peace x

Long time no speak but we have made it to Austria!

One of the hardest things about this trip is keeping up to date with; diaries, social media and blogs. The last thing after a long day of walking is to sit down and use your brain. Sleep is the only thing that either of us want to do when we’ve set up camp. So apologies to our avid blog readers, about the lack of reading material.
So, here we are! We’ve arrived into Austria! After a month long trek in Germany, passing through cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt and Nuremburg, we have finally conquered one of the biggest countries in Europe, and it feels great!
We are now resting in Linz, where we have rented an apartment for a couple of days, so we can refuel, sleep and wash. Wash being the main benefit. We’re lucky enough to have a couple of visitors as well; Kitty (Henry’s sister) and Lucy (friend of kitty) to come and keep the spirits high!
Next stop? Vienna! We think it’ll take about 6 days to get to, where we’ll then take another couple of days and then on to Budapest! It’s amazing how quickly this is all going, although the days are long and hard, the weeks seem to be flying by!
We’ve really got into a rhythm of walking now, the first couple of weeks were so tough, but physically we’ve got used to what it feels like to walk 20+ miles every day! What we haven’t got used to though, is the lack of shower.. Every time we stop in a city all we can ever think about is taking a shower; to all of those back home please, please be thankful of both shower gel and hot water!
I can’t promise you when the next blog will be, but in the meantime keep watching our vlogs, keep up to date with our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram! Oh yeah, more importantly, keep donating!

Cologne! We made it, just!

imageWow, it’s been a while since we blogged, we have so much to keep track of! So here we are sat in a small cafe in Cologne psyching ourselves up for another stage of the walk, Cologne to Frankfurt. The last week has been painful, our bodies are starting to get used to it, but we do hurt! Just quickly, anyone who thinks this is a holiday or a trip, it isn’t, it really really isn’t!
Anyway, like I said this week has been pretty strenuous, we’ve had all sorts of weather; thunder storms, rain and sweltering heat! All in the space of a week! We’ve slept in a barn, we’ve been invited to someone’s home and we’ve slept next to a train track, it really has been an adventure! We hope to arrive in Frankfurt in the next 6 days or so, where we’ll hold up for a night and take aim to Nuremburg! We’ve decided that we should probably learn some German, neither of us know an awful lot… Like none…
So far so good in camp, we’ve met some cracking people and our spirits are high! The only thing, the heat.. It’s starting to get reeeeally hot now, that does not help chafing..
We’ve been super slack on the blogs, we’ll try to do at least two or three a week, along with the vlogs! Keep sharing, keep spreading the word! Until next time! X

Busy week!

Hello people! Firstly, just under three weeks until we leave… Terrifying.. Secondly, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Sophie Grose and Rene Bahar, who a couple of weeks ago, gave a talk during an assembly at Framlingham College, about the charity and about the walk, thank you girls (and sorry for the late thank you :) )

Right, next week, wow, what rammed one that’s going to be! On Monday Henry and I will be meeting with MP Rory Stewart in Parliament,  who will be offering advice on the walk. Rory has himself undertaken an incredible walking adventure when from 2000 – 2002 he walked 6000 miles through Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. So it’s safe to say he knows what he is talking about…  Tuesday, we have been invited to give a talk at the Framlingham Rotary club. The Rotary club will very kindly be supporting and publicising us during the next year, so a huge thanks to them! Wednesday, we will be giving a talk at OBH prep school, we will talk to the kids about the different countries we’re walking through, camping and they will hopefully follow us on our journey! Thursday (told you we were busy) BBC Look East will be paying us a visit! So more news to follow as to when that will be on!

And, another reminder! We have a quiz, Earl Soham village hall on the 27th May! There will be a raffle with some pretty sweet prizes! To enter a team contact myself or Henry on Facebook or call 07771708161



It was like being a kid again..

Thursday was a good day… As we waited in the reception of Ipswich Town FC, I felt like a child, excited and actually a little nervous! Why? Henry and I were waiting to meet the squad and Manager of Ipswich. To some of you, this might sound silly, but for me, a life-long fan and season ticket holder it was pretty exciting.. We were taken through to the ground to watch the squad train, as they were preparing for Saturdays game against MK Dons. When they had finished we were able to have a chat with some of the team, such as David McGoldrick and Cole Skuse who took great interest in hearing about the walk. After we had our pictures taken we were able to have a chat with Mick McCarthy, the Manager. Mick, sadly lost both of his parents to cancer, and so he was incredibly enthusiastic to hear about the walk, so much so, he invited us for a beer in his office after the game on Saturday..

After a great win on Saturday, Henry and I made our way to Mick’s office. On our way we bumped into Marcus Evans, owner of the club, had a quick chat and went into Mick’s office, it was starting to get surreal now.. We were able to meet Terry Connor, the assistant manager and Mick’s wife, Fiona. Mick was a true gent and extremely hospitable. It was just an incredible experience and one I won’t forget.

This was all possible because of Mike ‘Woody’ Wood, who we bumped into in the middle of the Peak District a few months ago, who just happened to be Mick’s best mate.. A huge thank you to Woody, a new friend has been made there. Also a huge thank you to Ipswich Town, who looked after us so well and even chucked Henry a free ticket to the game! They have also donated a signed street sign for our auction, happening later in the year!

As we draw nearer and nearer to the leave date, the kindness and generosity of people never ceases to amaze!



I am petrified of needles…

When travelling the world, the last thing one wants is to get sick… The best way to tackle illness whilst away, is apparently with an injection. Who’s one phobia is of needles? Mine (Sam). Ahh well, two last Thursday, only another 9 to go… Terrified!!

Anyways, another busy week this week! Along with being attacked with hypodermic needles, we’ve got another radio interview on Wednesday (tomorrow)! This time, we’ll be speaking with Lesley Dolphin at 3 o’clock on Radio Suffolk! Tune in and have a listen!

Then on Thursday we’ve been invited to go and meet the players at Ipswich Town football club along with the Manager Mick McCarthy! I can’t wait! Pictures to follow!

We’d also like to announce our last and biggest quiz of the lot! 27th May, we’ll be having a quiz at the village hall in Earl Soham along with a raffle with some really quite cool prizes… All the money raised will be going into the ‘Kathmandu-it’ project! Details on how to get involved will be posted soon, or alternatively message myself or Henry!


Lovely job