US IN THE AIR avait croisé Karl Bushby dans le désert de l’Arizona en novembre 2013. Depuis, il poursuit son tour du monde à pied. Le New York Daily News lui a consacré un article.
Karl Bushby had logged more than 20,000 miles on his journey — which began in November 1998 — when he was denied entry into Russia. Now in the U.S., he’s walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to appeal to the Russian embassy to get permission to keep on walking. A British man hoping to walk around the entire globe has been stopped in his tracks after being denied entry into Russia. Determined Karl Bushby, from Hull, started his epic voyage on Nov. 1, 1998, in Punta Arenas, Chile. But upon reaching Russia 13 years later he was told he was not allowed to cross the border. Bushby, 45, is currently walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., where he plans to visit the Russian embassy and convince them to grant him entry into their country. The walk across America alone is more than 3,500 miles in length. Bushby is still not sure why he was not allowed to enter the Eastern European nation, but believes it may be related to an accidental crossing into Siberia.
He plans to reach the embassy around Sept. 10 — one year and seven days after he left Los Angeles — where he will make his case. If approved he will continue from Washington to Russia, which he must pass through in order to complete the challenge he set for himself. The best part about this trip has been everything — from falling in love, finding cold water, (to) not being shot at by guerrilla armies. Should everything go smoothly from there, Bushby hopes to be back in the UK — where his 36,000-mile journey will end — within six years. But if the visa ban is not lifted, he will have to wait another 10 years before he can legally apply to enter Russia once more. When he previously reached Russia, he had already completed more than 20,000 miles on foot, as he aims to average around 20 miles a day. « I’m not sure why I was denied,” Bushby, a former member of the British Army, said. « I think there were security concerns from the outset regarding my military background, but I left the army before the walk began. Bushby also suspects it might have been issued due to his accidental crossing a provincial border in Siberia without the necessary paperwork, but he said that with the landscape there it is difficult to tell whether this actually happened.”
« But I can only hope the embassy takes note of my goodwill gesture — walking 3,500 miles across the U.S. with a letter to the ambassador — and allows me a few moments to plead my case,” Bushby said. « The best part about this trip has been everything — from falling in love, finding cold water, not being shot at by guerrilla armies, arriving at a long sought-after waypoint, making your 20 miles a day, to even a cup of coffee,” he said. « The worst parts have been (having) your heart broken, being alone, mosquitos, getting stuff stolen, never being able to reach that waypoint, unable to make the 20 miles a day and, of course, getting banned from entering a country. »
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