Monday, September 19, 2016

Wolves!

Hi Folks, Its 4.40 am and I have problems uploading the pictures for this post due to a slow connection. Please see https://www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14/posts/10154670726069642 to view them, sorry!

Monday, 41 km. Total world walk distance: 7,433 kilometres for 182 road days. Yesterday two tame wolves crossed the road in front of me! They didn't even glance at me. Before I could get my camera out they were almost out of sight. Just to go back a few days as I have been too busy to explain! I had been walking for a couple of days and there was no internet. I needed to do some work on my book, so I stopped at a restaurant that had decent wifi. I based myself there, for two long 16 hour days working! Those three nights I slept outside in a kinda cabin which was used for smokers as there was no hotel there. When I was ready I walked on clocking up two days of 47 and 53 kms, and arrived at the hotel in this picture, near Alzamay, the first services in 71 kilometres Then I needed to take another day to work online as it was to be 85 kilometres to the next services. Yes, it is becoming remote! Thanks to Ciaran Dunne for his kindness in sponsoring my two nights and five delicious meals I had at the hotel :) 
It was a late start from the hotel and I arrived at a remote petrol station which only sold petrol! So after my 44km, I camped there. In the morning the nice lady gave me hot water so as I could make my oatmeal and coffee. As soon as I started walking I stopped at a roadside vendor, more for a 'charade chat' than for the tea I drank. I was barely ten minutes further up the road and just had to stop again as that vendor was selling a bear cub skin. In the distance trains flashed by all day, I walked over picturesque hills, past picture postcard vistas. I was reminded of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, the third most pretty location on my world run. As trucks rattled past me, leaves fell to the ground, I experienced a delightful array of tree and leaf colours. Yes, today was my most memorable day of the walk. 15 kilometres later I arrived at a cafe in a hamlet called Yk. Unfortunately, it was closed down. The owner just pointed down the road (as if I was driving a car ) and said, " The next town is 25 kilometres away." I would not exactly call him unfriendly, for he let me sit outside in the parking lot to prepare something to eat and drink. It struck me that in Ireland we wouldn't let someone arrive on foot and then let them leave on such a hot day without offering them water. Yes, Russians are very friendly people. They are also very helpful, but it seems one has to get to know them first. I have been told by many people that they don't say hello or respond to such greeting unless they know the person addressing them. This has also been my experience, for I am regularly greeted with a stone-faced stare; that is until they discover how much of a 'headbanger' I am! However, these people have also told me that if a stranger has a problem, that there is no better person than the Russian; or more specifically the Siberian to come to their aid. Interestingly, young children always return a greeting, it is almost as if its coached out of them as they grow up. Tonight on the way to the truck stop near Nizhneudinsk (where I plan to camp) I met a Russian motorcyclist travelling on his Honda Desert Star 750cc bike. Dima Guskov had left his home near the Ukraine border ten days ago and is on his way to Mongolia. He will return on the southern road via Kazakhstan. When I was young everyone was on the hippy trail to India, now Mongolia is the 'in' place, for everyone seems to be going there. This guy had an interesting trailer which he built himself, it took two months of trial and error. We shared a tea and had a great chat and I was delighted he stopped, he was the first biker to do so. Before he parted he gave me his contact details telling me that if I have a problem that he has a network of biker friends. Yes, helpful although complicated people indeed. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Please feel free to help fund my cancer awareness world walk by donating to my Go Fund Me account or pressing the PayPal link on this page!
https://www.gofundme.com/2mehnuk

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 I began a walk around the world with a cancer awareness message " Life is precious, early cancer screening saves lives."
As I start this Go Fund Me campaign I am more than half-way across Russia and on my way to Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and finally back to Southern Europe from where I will continue my walk home to Ireland. I have already walked 7,300 kilometres, over 4,500 miles.
  Walking provides me with a greater opportunity to speak to people as I journey across their lands. My trip is expected to take a little more than 3 years, depending on conditions and my route.
Your donations will in part allow me to buy equipment, food and shoes etc. as I go, with an occasional hotel room with a shower ( and hopefully hot water ) and laundry, before continuing on the next day! Along the way, I'll be stopping and speaking to schools and communities as I go, and as I'm welcomed!
Please follow me on www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14 orwww.myworldwalk.com

Thank you in advance for your donations to fund my walk to personally speak to people in rural remote areas of the world about cancer awareness. If it saves one life it will have been worth the effort .

Remember no donation is too small, and every donation gets me through another day!

Thank You and Have a Great Day!
Tony Mangan.
Help spread the word!
Please feel free to help fund my cancer awareness world walk by donating to my Go Fund Me account or pressing the PayPal link on this page!
https://www.gofundme.com/2mehnuk

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 I began a walk around the world with a cancer awareness message " Life is precious, early cancer screening saves lives."
As I start this Go Fund Me campaign I am more than half-way across Russia and on my way to Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and finally back to Southern Europe from where I will continue my walk home to Ireland. I have already walked 7,300 kilometres, over 4,500 miles.
  Walking provides me with a greater opportunity to speak to people as I journey across their lands. My trip is expected to take a little more than 3 years, depending on conditions and my route. 
Your donations will in part allow me to buy equipment, food and shoes etc. as I go, with an occasional hotel room with a shower ( and hopefully hot water ) and laundry, before continuing on the next day! Along the way, I'll be stopping and speaking to schools and communities as I go, and as I'm welcomed!
Please follow me on www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14 orwww.myworldwalk.com

Thank you in advance for your donations to fund my walk to personally speak to people in rural remote areas of the world about cancer awareness. If it saves one life it will have been worth the effort . 

Remember no donation is too small, and every donation gets me through another day!

Thank You and Have a Great Day!
Tony Mangan.
Help spread the word!

Advance review for my book about my world run

An advance review from my editor, Dr. Bob Rich for " The Irishman who ran around the world: Part One. The start and all of the Americas.
Btw, If anyone is looking for a highly professional and polished editor look no further than Dr. Bob Rich! His sharp eye for detail, spotting my many mistakes and wise suggestions have been an enormous help to me.
I learned a lot, had fun and yes I did manage to get a discount, without even asking! A true professional who is also very reasonably priced!


Dr. Bobs review:
" I’ve had the honour of editing this book for Tony. In my youth, I was a distance runner myself, though nowhere near his league, so I can appreciate the courage, determination and commitment he needed to invest in his world run, and earlier achievements like his two 48-hour run world records. Few people have the physical and mental capability to achieve what he has. It is an inspiration.
However, he inspires me in another way, one that he will probably find surprising. Most people habitually “pull” certain reactions from others. I know a young man who finds that, wherever he goes, males react to him with aggression, even men who are otherwise peaceful and gentle. A lady is always mothered, helped, supported by everyone, although she is highly competent and rarely needs mothering. She was the baby of her family and the only girl...
Well, as you’ll find when you read his amazing story, Tony “pulls” generosity, decency, acts of kindness and compassion.
He actually asked me if readers might see him as something of a conman for getting discounts and free handouts everywhere, and should he tone that down in his account. I told him, no, feature it, because if everyone got others to behave the way he manages to, we would have a better world.
Early on in the story, Tony explains that he likes slow travel like walking, cycling or running because you get to meet the locals, and it’s people that make the world. You can also meet the locals with him, share his amazing journey, without needing to put runners on yourself.
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Book cover for my book

Thanks to Benjamin Kniebe for his great help with the book cover for "The Irishman who ran around the world: Part one. The start and all of the Americas." Covered in this book are the countries and the map route as listed in heavy print.
Expected publication date will be before Christmas. I will be self-publishing by " print on demand" I am badly stuck and really need a bit of help getting my finished manuscript, along with photos and maps onto the setup print template. If an experienced author with this know-how would kindly help me with this I would be so grateful ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you!
The lighter text and route will be in part two. "The Irishman who ran around the world: Part two. Oceania, Asia, Europe, the lap of Ireland and the finish." Part two is already written ๐Ÿ˜€ Expected publication for part two is before I arrive in Australia on my world walk in about six months time.



Total distance: 7,348 kilometres for 180 road days on my world walk. It's roughly one month to Mongolia! I am still pinching myself that I am doing this walk, and in particular, walking across Russia! I am having a blast!
There hasn't been a lot to report lately. I continue to walk big days averaging around 50km. Yesterday and the day before I just walked the longest service-less part of the walk so far, 71 kilometres with not a cafe, gas station or shop in sight!
However, there were a few villages which were off the highway but I doubt they had anything. I was well stocked up and just made two stops to cook my meals. I finished in a near Alzamay and treated myself to a hotel, a huge dinner of fried liver, onions, French fries, Greek salad, pancakes with honey, tea, and bread. I had the same for breakfast! Thanks to Anthony Nicholson for very generous sponsoring this! Anyone that wants to sponsor similar please see the PayPal link on my website www.myworldwalk.com or on my Go Fund Me account. https://www.gofundme.com/2mehnuk
It's 53 km to the next cafe, Today I took a rest day to do some logistics and blogging.




September 13th, 2014 I arrived back on Irish soil at the end of my world run. Here I am pictured with two of my great friends and supporters, John O Regan, left and my main sponsor Richard Donovan. However, I decided that instead of finishing that I would go on a six-week lap of Ireland! On the way to that start line of the Irish lap in Dublin I passed within a couple of hundred metres of finishing my world run �
Today to mark the second anniversary I want to announce that my book... Part one (of two parts) of " The Irishman who ran around the world. " is going to happen soon! Thank you for your patience and support. I have been working on the first edit of suggested rework which I have just gotten back from my editor!

Tips for a budget traveller!

Saturday, 10th September I walked 47km and finished at 2.30am at the turnoff for Llansky. About 20 Kms east of Kahck; at Km post 1,036 on route P-255. Friday 44km, and Thursday 48. Tonight I am camping at the Drive cafe/gas station. A lot of fun today, including my haircut and some nice people in a grocery store who insisted on giving me fruit, bread and biscuits! Thanks for a memorable day. Thanks also to Amanda Young for her incredibly kind sponsorship of a few days on the road! Amanda pressed the PayPal link on www.myworldwalk.com
Here is a tip for any budget traveller! When you go into a gas station that has a microwave. Just buy a litre of milk and ask them to heat it up in your own container! They never refuse! And just add your own coffee, a litre of cafe latte for a fraction of the cost! One small coffee is never enough for me! Just do the math on how much one coffee per day is over three or four years on the road, and that's just one!
When you are doing something mad like running or walking around the world, people oblige to such odd-bod requests, so play the card! In America I often bought convenience meals in stores that have microwaves, likewise, they always stick it in. Having a small Tupperware dish is a must, also useful for food I can't finish and sometimes I buy pasta etc for the road in cafes. Of course, I could always cook it myself, but then think about all the people encounters I would miss; and the spreading of my message would be thinner. Anytime I enter a building the first thing I am looking for is a wall socket, I know all the hiding places, I just follow the cables!



Today, a woman called Victoria told me my cancer awareness message is very depressing. Sorry, here it is again: Life is precious. Early cancer screening saves lives.
The days are getting shorter, it's now dark at 7.45pm


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Short Day, Long Memories!

Today, I actually stopped after ten km at a restaurant! That made today the shortest day, since day one when I walked four kilometres from Ash Senyks Run Logic store to Dublin Port.
When I arrived here, Rustam ( ะ ัƒัั‚ะฐะผ ะŸะธั€ะพะฒ)
the owner of Druzba Kafe took a great interest in my walk! He is originally from Tajikistan. I had a shower, a shave, a meal and then washed my clothes ๐Ÿ˜€ Yi-Ha ๐Ÿ˜‚
So, then I took him up on his offer for a bed for the night and did some more online work! Thanks for nice time, and great humanity Rustam










Short Day, Long Memories!

Today, I actually stopped after ten km at a restaurant! That made today the shortest day, since day one when I walked four kilometres from Ash Senyks Run Logic store to Dublin Port.
When I arrived here, Rustam ( ะ ัƒัั‚ะฐะผ ะŸะธั€ะพะฒ)
the owner of Druzba Kafe took a great interest in my walk! He is originally from Tajikistan. I had a shower, a shave, a meal and then washed my clothes ๐Ÿ˜€ Yi-Ha ๐Ÿ˜‚
So, then I took him up on his offer for a bed for the night and did some more online work! Thanks for nice time, and great humanity Rustam










7,000 Kilometres have been walked!

https://www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14/posts/10154629415529642
7,008 kilometres have now been walked for on my 171 road days. 
Last week was a slow week, only 250 Kms covered as I had one or two off-road commitments. One day I had only two kilometres walked when I stopped at a cafe and because of the rain I didn't leave until 6.30, so I caught up on some logistics! Perhaps I should have just pulled the plug on that day instead of setting out on my walk as I did. After a couple of follow up email stops it was midnight and only 22km were behind me. I camped behind a bush as there was no point in walking until 4am for only marathon! A few weeks ago I mentioned that my Russian route was relatively flat. Well, these last three weeks it's been hilly and I felt tired. Last week I decided it would be just an easy week, just like many marathon runners often take the odd easy week during high-mileage phases in their schedules.
One day I met yet another Polish hitch-hiker who had travelled all the way from his home in Poznan to here in only two weeks, he said it was easy hitching.
I had a very nice stay in a hotel in Achinsk with dinner and breakfast kindly sponsored by Ruth Bettis. 
Ruth has pressed the PayPal link to sponsor the night on my websitewww.myworldwalk.com 
A couple of days later I arrived at a truck stop and as I was too lazy to put my tent up I went inside the 24hour cafe. There were no customers and the young lady had to get up off her mattress to serve me my midnight meal! When I was finished I chanced my luck and just rolled out my foam mat and sleeping bag behind my table at the back of the restaurant! No problem, I slept there until 8am! I continue showing people my google translate screen shot of my cancer awareness messages. One lady was very emotional when telling me of her friend who has been in remiss for five years.
I was not a lover of Krasnoyarsk, its a big smoggy city. On the way in the road was lined with smartly dressed men who I was later told were day labourers from Tajikistan and we're looking for work. They stood in groups of two or three until someone picked them up for a days manual work. Later I spoke with some very friendly Tajik students who were studying aerospace technology in the university and they confirmed this. Before leaving the city I stopped to pick up some spare tyres for Karma. I had asked Andrey, my contact from Kurgan for the address of a bicycle shop and as always my ever efficient friend sent me a text with three shops! I clicked on the link for Total Sports which was routed to my GPS and I was there and drinking tea with the staff in an hour, modern technology  
One final stop at Burger King. I was not impressed while looking out of the window to see a group of about ten young people, perhaps aged 8-14 years of age smoking cigarettes which they passed around with an air of sophistication as though it were a joint. They also drank a cola coloured drink which I wondered about. Oh! How sad. Russians I am afraid to say smoke too much. I prefer to remember my visit by the smiling sight of a toddler who smiled so much that I went back inside and presented him with my business card! The further east I walk the more I see evidence of alcohol dependency. I did not have a good vibe in Krasnoyarsk, and even stopped to put the pin lock on my phone, just in case I was mugged!
Further on as I walked out of the city that night a man who was on the opposite side of the road and crossed over to me, so I crossed back over the road again. Eventually I came to a railroad crossing just as a train approached. The man skipped through the barrier mocking my English speaking. I waited for the train to pass and then a long line of vehicles and walked on. Eventually I passed him as he stood outside a liquor store. I walked on past a dead dog which looked like it was there for a couple of weeks as its rib cage was severed. Further on I passed what looked like a prison for it had a high blue fence and razor wire. A couple of hours later I got to a gas station and immediately I could tell the security guard didn't like me. For he was unfriendly from the start, and even refused my handshake. Needless to say I wasted my time asking if I could camp there! Ten minutes up the road three men, who were probably drunks drove over to my side of the road and when I skipped out of their way they reversed back towards me. Luckily they just shouted something and drove on. Pushing a cart is a liability for if I just had a backpack I could run into a field. After they drove on I decided it was time to stop, but where. The small forest in that area might be so obvious if they came back looking for me. Not having much alternative and all the while swearing at the unfriendly security guard back at the station I walked on for another hour and came to a crossroads of two villages. Yes that would be a good idea, I would just camp in a village. I zoomed in on my map details and instead I decided on a location in a wooded area a hundred metres down the southern by road. 
Next day, Monday I had only walked two kilometres when I came to a very nice restaurant which had interesting statues at the entrance. The owner was extremely friendly and helped make me comfortable as I had more work, I worked until 3.30pm. How nice it would have been had I walked the extra bit and stayed there last night. This happens so much  
So another very late day and with five hours steady walking in some more hilly terrain I had walked 24 kilometres, I was just 13 short of my 7,000th when I stopped for a delicious steak dinner, an early celebration of sorts.
Back on the road at the 10.30pm it was relatively quiet, and what seemed like light years away from that horrible city that I left behind me the day before. I enjoyed the coolness of the night and eventually reached my latest kilometre-stone! No it doesn't sound as good as milestone, does it! I walked a further two hours and camped in a forest with 45km to show for my efforts that day which started so late.
Hi everyone! Sorry I fell so far behind with the blog. Today I took a day off from the road in an effort to catch up, to be honest with a poor internet connection it's too difficult!
Thanks so much to Scott Richards for setting this blog up, had it not have been for him it would not have happened. Thanks also Scott for all the time you invested for over four mints updating :)
Now it's time for me to do my best to try to keep it current. For those who don't know, I am currently about 1,600 km or a thousand miles from Ulan Ude, my border crossing into Mongolia!
If you want to catch up with what you have missed on this blog please scroll back on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14
I am told that you don't need a Facebook account, just click on (and save!) that link.
The photo show the route I plan to take from my current location just east of Krasnoyarsk to the Mongolian border town of Altanbulag, via Ulan Ude.

Monday, September 5, 2016

July 12th, 2016

I am back in Leonoids house now! Little did I know last October when I was here for the " Path to Spring marathon (mentioned below in the original post) that less than nine months later I would have walked the distance Leonoid and his wife Marina previously measured out from their home to Dublin! =D
To be honest, when I applied for my Russian visa at that time I made an application for a six month multi-entry visa with this walk at the back of my mind, and much to my surprise my application was accepted. I owe a great debt of service to the race director Aleksandr Radchenko for his wonderful help in this regard and now he is helping me in Russia.
This walk was very much on my mind then, I had already retired from running due to a lack of appetite for the sport after having achieved the ultimate endurance challenge, to run around the world! After walking this marathon near Chelyabinsk I wondered if my body would be up for it, then six weeks later I read about an Australian man aged 89 who planned to walk across Australia!
Shag it I said, let's try and two months later I set out to walk around the world!


Photos from Chelyabinsk to St. Petersburg. After the marathon I was guest in Leonid's house. He and his wife pointed out Dublin and also their location on their huge wall map which is about 4 metres by 2. In the morning we went over to his friend Sev who spoke fluent English, his family helped me book my train ticket to St. Petersburg. Before leaving the train station I did an interview with Aigul who was of great help to me, she is passionate about promoting Sri Chininoy races. I traveled second class on the train for the 42 hour journey. The seats convert to beds which had fresh clean linen, a mattress and blankets. Other than sleep there was not much else to do but chat and drink tea with the other passengers. Hot water was obtained from the burco. At some station stops I got out to stretch my legs, I really wanted a photo wearing this guards furry hat, but as he was the boss he was having none of it and instead he ordered his lieutenant to loan me his. I accepted as I really didnt want to go over his head =D
I thought it strange they were loading up charcoal into each carriage some of it for the burco and I never found out if it also fueled the heating boiler.
Later I went out for a stroll from my wagon number 11 to number 2 and dropped in for a visit to the marathon race director Aleksandr Radchenko who was travelling home on the same train. Of course I left my cup behind, no worries I opened up the six piece china tea set I won in the race, from here on all tea drinking was done in style, high-class in second class =D If I had a few more days I would have visited Moscow, instead I spent four lovely days in St Petersburg where I was the guest of Aleksandr and his family who spoilt me rotten.


 
July 11th, 2016

Thanks to Leonid, the bearded one for taking these photos! Also thanks to Sergey Komelkov for great support and to Leonid's family for a very nice rest day which included preparation for my march towards Siberia and a trip to a lake and a look around their farmyard. I stayed with Leonoid last October after I was invited to a nearby marathon. He and Sergey are noted ultra runners, and Sergey completed the recent Sri Chiminoy ten day race in New York with great distinction :) Imagine running for ten days, nut case :)
Total world walk distance is 4,561 km for 117 road days. It took six weeks to walk from Moscow which is over 1,800 kilometres away. I arrived as planned despite three unscheduled rest days. Thanks to Avril Conroy for some amazing support work and also to Sean Nolan for helping to locate some neoprene socks and a compass which I will need for Mongolia. I misplaced these items, so having people like this to go the extra mile when I run into problems can make the difference between success and failure of any expedition :) Thanks also to my nephew Mark Salmon for picking up an Iphone for me in Dublin recently. Avril's husband Nino just happened to be in Dublin on business and kindly brought it back to Moscow where he and Avril have been living for over 20 years. Thanks also to Chris Meier who sent on my winter gear from Holland when I was there and to to Sergey Komelkov for accepting it in Chelyabinsk. At that time I didnt have another address further east and thanks to Avril who has sourced an office in Irkutk. Avril will arrange for delivery from Leonid's house on Wednesday to her companies branch office. I am a great believer in using the mail system to keep myself stocked up, yet not breaking my back pushing it! Thanks everyone for a great team job. I hope my brother Brian Mangan enjoyed his birthday yesterday! By the look of his new profile picture, he probably demolished his birthday cake in one go!
PS Lorcan Byrne very diplomatically tells me that I have already advanced more across Russia than the Nazis. Didnt they make the same mistake as Napolean, they invaded in the winter? I make better progress using the mail system with the help of many great friends, spacibo :) Please check out my website from time to time and thanks to Scott Richards for updating www.myworldwalk.com


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