Man Goes On Seven-Year Walk So You Don’t Have To
Paul Salopek, who reports for National Geographic from places you’d think twice before visiting and has won two Pulitzers for doing it, plans to take a 21,000-mile walk. Without even a footwear sponsor of some kind. Meanwhile, he’s making his fellow journalists look just the tiniest bit lazy. Madness.
According to OutOfEdenWalk.com, where he’ll be posting updates throughout the journey, the route is meant to reflect, well, our roots: “About 60,000 years ago, our ancestors took the first steps out of their prehistoric African “Eden” to begin exploring earth.” Therefore, Salopek will start in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, walk through the Middle East and Asia, cross the Bering Strait to Alaska and follow the coast down to Tierra del Fuego. Take that, anyone who ever bragged about hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.
The scope of this undertaking—and the commitment to strolling through Syria 18 months from now—are scarcely the craziest factors. As Salopek points out, the world itself will change dramatically over the course of his trip. “I’m starting out this walk with about 35 percent of the world wired. By the time I reach Patagonia in 2020, about 80 to 90 percent will be wired." Who knows what else could happen? They might’ve outlawed pedestrians by the time hits LA.