Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This was my trial (and only preparation ) walk before I set out to walk the world this day last year. I started on 27th Feb. Unless you are going for records you don't need to be physically fit for something like walking around the world. Plenty of time on the road to walk oneself fit ๐Ÿ˜€
On the trial walk I was knackered after my 12k marathon to Peter Winners Re-vitalized Foot Care Clinic in Dublin's Chapelizod. 

Now a different 12k is fast approaching. My 12,000th kilometer will be walked on my next road day.
Thanks for your amazing treatment Peter! I miss you and my girlfriend friend ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜œ
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Peter Winner Tony, I miss you to  " your girlfriend is still here , waiting for you " she is in good hands 
Take care 

Thanks for the reminder of faster days Scott Richards and Matt Mahoney
This was one of the first ultra races of the new millennium which I was fortunate to win while living in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It's going to be great returning to my old club mates; the Space Coast Runners on my world walk

Harold Tucker 50K Beach Run
                     Cocoa Beach FL, Jan. 2, 2000

Results submitted by Matt Mahoney

1.  Tony Mangan       42 M  4:15:01
2.  Matt Mahoney      44 M  5:15:15
3.  Stuart Gleman     55 M  5:43:42
4.  Gerry Miller      58 M  6:16:58
5.  Yen Nguyen        37 F  6:20:57
6.  Jeane Ann Klein   32 F  7:01:34
6.  Jim Sullivan      48 M  7:01:34
6.  Curtis Cormier    45 M  7:01:34
    Steven Ehrlich    54 M  DNF (25K)

2 x 25K Relay
1.  "The Only Team"         5:16:09
       Craig Kennedy  41 M  2:41:00
       Mike Gawel     39 M  2:35:09

(Below) Tony Mangan (left) and Matt Mahoney after finishing first and second in the Harold Tucker 50K in Cocoa Beach.
Tony Mangan and Matt MahoneyThis was my ninth unsuccessful attempt to break the 5 hour barrier, something I routinely do in other trail 50K's. The coarse, soft sand and crushed shell mixture for the middle part of the race just sucks all the energy out of you. I ran (and walked) this part of the course -- miles 8 to 22 -- barefoot, and wore beach slippers for the flat, hard-packed sand through Cocoa Beach, where the running was good. The course starts at Sidney Fisher Park, goes south 15.5 miles, then turns around at Paradise Beach park in Indian Harbour Beach. The temperatures were in the 70's to about 80, sunny with moderate humidity. Lots of people were out on the beach, fishing, surfing, and working on their tans. The race is always held during low tide, so the starting date and time vary from year to year.
I ran the first two miles with eventual winner Tony Mangan, at what was first an easy pace, but as he picked up the pace to about 7:15/mile, I made an excuse to let him go. Stuart Gleman (Ancient Oaks 100 RD) was only a minute back at the turnaround, and I was determined not to let him pass me again. I had a good scare when I thought I saw him gaining on me with a mile to go, only to find I had held off the relay team instead. I had no idea that Stu had fallen apart in the second half.
Race director Bruce Bayliss did a first class job, with all kinds of goodies to eat after the race. Long time Space Coast Runners club member Harold Tucker coordinated the ham radio operators at the aid stations every 3 miles, allowing the progress of all of the runners to be tracked throughout the race.
(Below) Mike Gawel is greeted by his loyal fans after finishing the second leg of the 2 x 25K relay.

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Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:50 PM
Subject: World walk blog China 15
To: Tony Mangan <>

China's One Belt One Road.

Latest: 11,901 kilometers for 303  road days. Location: Cizhu.

A woman with a weed killer spray followed me down highway 210 for a kilometer. Not sure what she was talking about but I managed to avoid her spraying me. Am I a parasite I wondered? Ah yes! The joys of world walking, I could have been at home watching football instead!
That night I walked towards the southern end of Linshui for I failed to find a reasonable priced accommodation. This is the hometown of China's former leader, Deng Xiao Ping. He is the guy that opened up China and allowed the market economy in.
Anyway, I made it to a small plaza near the city limits where a few catering tents were set up. That night after leaving 42 kilometers behind me on the road I figured it would be a smart idea to just pitch my tent among the other tents. Surely, they were 24 hours. I got a great welcome from a few lads and as always refused several offers of cigarettes. Most Chinese men I meet  smoke too much. Almost everyone I see has a cigarette between their lips.
While I slept the caterers packed up and left. I woke up not in the quiet plaza with four tents around me, but in a busy pedestrian zone.
Then I walked an enjoyable 33 kilometers as far as Tantong which was marked as a village on my map. Many Chinese villages are as big as the towns like Naas or Gorey in Ireland. On the way there were a lot of fallen down houses at the side of the road. Almost as though there had been a seismic movement or some form of a landslide. Dozens of people were busy stripped slates, bricks, posts and other materials which they could use to build onto their own houses. They stacked all of this onto trucks and  onto three-wheeled rickshaws. That night I was treated to a hotel compliments of Dave Stack who sponsored it by pressing the link on my website
Halfway through my 25 kilometers to Cizhu I was shocked when an elderly man handed a firework banger to a child. He was barely two years of age. The child just threw it into the ground before it exploded. I saw this so much in China over the New Year period. Adults not supervising their children properly. I don't like the firework culture here.
I am now 70 kilometers from the major city of Chongqing. I expect to arrive on Sunday. On Monday I have some business to attend to. After which I plan to meet Eoin O'Neill an Irish ex-pat and Harry James an Englishman from Southampton. The lads are working as teachers here. I will be leaving Karma with Harry and making my visa run to Vietnam by train. It's about 1,200 kilometers to the border, so I will probably be off the road for a few days. Hopefully, I get back before the 27th February and walk the 30 kilometers required to reach my 12,000th kilometers before the first anniversary of the walk.

China is currently trying to revive its ancient silk road trading routes. Deng Xiao Pings dream is now becoming a reality. According to the China Africa Project program: When complete, One Belt, One Road (OBOR), or the Maritime Silk Road as it is more commonly known, will connect China via rail and shipping links with major markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
Billions of dollars in new rail, shipping and airport infrastructure are underway in dozens of countries including Egypt, Djibouti and Kenya who are among a small group of African countries that are expected to benefit most from OBOR.
While most countries welcome the Chinese investment and inclusion in Beijing's trading network, others wonder if it will  actually be able to pull off such a large, complex undertaking. Furthermore, in some ways, OBOR is also reminiscent of Britain's old imperial trading network that was designed to extract natural resources from its colonial outposts and then sell back finished goods to these markets.
China has gotten much of the rail part of the project going with freight trains to Iran and also to
15 European destinations including a recently added station near London. However, it seems the maritime project is proving a bit more tricky partly because of pirate activity off the coast of Somalia. The Chinese have long since been involved in fighting the piracy problem.
There is also growing concern to protect the countries interests in the event of a possible conflict with the American navy over the much disputed South China Sea and having their oil lanes cut off in the Indian Ocean.
Part of the OBOR project is to build overland gas and oil pipelines from Central Asia to keep energy supplies going.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 1:42 PM
Subject: World walk blog/ China 14

Touch wood, I have dodged winter this year! I put in big distance waking days across Russia to get through Siberia before the weather became uncomfortable. I was specifically concerned about Mongolia, a country where even cattle have died from cold extremes. In all I only had a couple of real cold days.  My biggest climatic problem was pitching and wrapping up my tent, about a dozen such occasions. Almost always, once I started walking I was okay.
The current seven day forecast in Dublin is much colder than where I am in southern China!
Chinese people continue to impress. I love them so much.  Saturday I walked 41 kilometers and finished at a construction site where the security guards allowed me to pitch my tent. They assured me they would guard me too!
Monday night I was between towns, I arrived at a petrol station and asked to pitch my tent at the side. They gave me a couch in a store room to sleep on. I also had access to a hot shower. Back on the road I became a pied piper for about fifty children. We laughed and joked for about half an hour. After 36 kilometers I arrived in a town which I can't find on my map. The first person I saw I just asked him to help me find a hotel and he did. I walked across the road and had a street food Valentine's dinner!  Delicious๐Ÿ˜€
However, once again the cops were standing over me and wanted my passport. Eventually, I handed it over. Then they went to a late night copy shop, made a copy and wished me a good night. It was a bit irritating. One needs to accept this if walking across China. That's about six times on the road and about the same with hotel visits. However, that happened in the USA and Canada too. I have to make a ' visa run ' more than likely to Vietnam before the end of the month. For those that don't know, a visa run means leaving a country and returning just so as to 'acquire' a fresh visa I have a multi-entry Chinese visa and each entry is valid for 60 days. I  last entered the country on New Year's Eve, so I gotta leave and return to my route with the next two weeks. I reckon I need five more weeks walking to reach Vietnam. In such a country I have to worry about having my visa revoked. So, I have to be careful also what I write, I want to be respectful.
 I may be walking on a single engine, but it is fueled by Chinese love. When I returned to my hotel the lovely proprietors had decorated my room with luvvy-duvvy decorations.
Happy St. Valentine's Day.
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Irishman sets himself mammoth task of walking around the world to raise awareness of cancer

Tony Mangan will have walked a staggering 12,000 kilometres by February 27

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An Irishman has set himself the mammoth task of walking around the world to raise awareness of cancer.
Tony Mangan - Ireland’s very own Forrest Gump - will have walked a staggering 12,000 kilometres by February 27, a year since he set off on his epic adventure.
He’s looking to complete 45-50,000 kilometres by the time he finishes his trip of the world, which started in Dublin and currently has him in China.
The former construction worker from the Liberties in Dublin aid there is a minimum requirement needed in order to complete the trek.
The 59-year-old revealed: “The minimum distance required for a world circumnavigation is just over 26,000 kilometres and four continents. Sometimes dreams are more important than records.”
The route Dublin man Tony Mangan pictured as he walks around the world
But it’s not the first time Tony has walked the circumference of the earth.
In 2014 he ran 50,000km across the world. But he wanted to send a message this time around.
He added: “Previously I spent four years running a 50,000 kilometre lap around the world. I ran it mostly with a backpack. That was my life’s dream.
“During the planning for that expedition, I wondered how it could be done. I was also considering a ‘Plan B’ to walk around the world as it just seemed logistically easier. Eventually, I managed to pull off the run. Still restless, I revisited my old Plan B and said ‘why not?’
“The reason I travel on foot is that I feel at one with the people and gradually see a country slowly unraveling. Because I am travelling at a slow pace, I meet many people every day.
“Often I get invited into homes for refreshments or even a bed for the night.”
And Tony said that part of the reason for his trip is to help raise awareness of cancer.
He added: “During my world run, my mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It was a shock as she had always lived healthily.
“She wouldn’t let me stop as my dream had become hers too. We were told by her doctors that her cancer was discovered too late.
“Had it been discovered earlier perhaps she would be alive today. Mam lived another five months after she crossed the finish line of my world run. It just seemed appropriate that I should walk with a message: ‘Life is precious. Early cancer screening saves lives.’”
And Tony said that he is flying through pairs of runners on the expedition.
Dublin man Tony Mangan pictured as he walks around the world
He continued: “I am on my 9th pair of running shoes in almost 12,000 kilometres. On my world run, I wore out 50.
“I have worn them all and love Skechers which I am currently walking with in China.”
And he said that to date there is one day in particular which stands out more than others.
He added: “I was walking in a storm in the Mongolian Gobi desert. The tailwind was so strong I was being blown along the road at about eight kilometres an hour.
“I took out my camera and shot a video. Just then I came to a nomadic settlement. There were camels, cows and sheep grazing.
“I went over to one of their yurts and was invited inside by a man who amazingly spoke good English. Their large round tent had a hot stove taking centre place and it was furnished just like a house for it even had beds, a wardrobe, solar power, a television and satellite dish.
“I sat there drinking tea and talking to the family for half an hour. The storm blew me to a record distance of 72 kilometres.”
And when asked if he ever once thought about giving up and heading home when the going got tough, Tony said: “No, because there is a lot of dream time gone into this walk. If I didn’t finish it, it would haunt me for the rest of my life as ‘unfinished business’.”
But he’s not sure when he’ll be finished the trip.
He added: “I am trying to live in the moment and not answer any ‘when’ questions. It seems that the world’s two favourite questions are, ‘what time will you?’ and ‘when will you?’ Perhaps three or four years.
“There are days when I am so happy on the road that I feel I could walk forever.
“It will depend on my funds. People can sponsor a day or a hotel night on the road on my website
And he said that despite carrying out the trip on his own, he doesn’t really get lonely.
He revealed: “I rarely feel alone as there are always people staring at me. However, in non-English speaking countries there is only so much baby talk communication I can do.
“I sometimes yearn for live music, a relationship or even a proper conversation. As best as I can, I keep my sanity by listening to podcasts or the BBC World Service.”
He said that he has met some truly incredible people on his journey so far.
Tony concluded: “I know it’s a cliche but the more I travel, the more I realise that the world is full of good people, with just a few bad apples.
“In all of my travels I have only met a couple of unsavoury people. Every town in the world is full of people who want the very best for their children and their families.
“It doesn’t matter what language they speak, their religion or country they are from. People are the same all over the world.”
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