Who is That Man ;-)
I started to travel when I was 15, I joined the "Royal Navy" as a Boy and stayed in for 12 years visiting lots of countries and wasting lots of opportunities but as a Lad in my teens and early twenties there seemed a lot more important things to do than go and visit the local sights and experience the local culture !!! but I will leave that to your imagination !!!
I left the R.N. at 27 and couldn't settle so soon found myself back at sea again, this time on a full sized replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, I sailed for 18 months on this crossing the Atlantic, sailing through the Caribbean, Panama canal, Galapagos Islands and Finally Mexico -- Acapulco where a cloud came over the city and I left under it !!!
Back home to Cumbria and my " Normal " period !!!! Met a girl " settled down and bought a house but the relationship didn't last, - So sold the house and spent the money on a Land-Rover and drove overland to Kathmandu !!
As my motto, I REALLY DO BELIEVE that the best people you meet -- you meet on the road, I live in a small village in Cumbria, My elderly Mother lives with me, unfortunately she can no longer be left on her own for more than a few hours at a time as she suffers from what we politely refer to as memory loss. So now I only get to travel twice a year (Not that I am complaining of course), one Big trip in the spring and a smaller one in the autumn, when I go away, my Mother goes into respite care in a nice residential home in the village.
So hence my chosen name -- " into-thin-air. i.e. I like to disappear into thin air for a while to recharge my batteries !!!
To fund all my travels I work part time as a driver / assistant for a doctors co-operative taking doctors out to visit patients out of surgery hours and in addition to this I work for myself as a jobbing builder, I find that the combination of these jobs earns enough money and gives me enough flexibility to travel for up to two months a year !!
As some of you know I was diagnosed with None Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1975, luckily for me I was sent to the Royal Marsden and was successfully treated. This took a period of nine months, the treatment was a series of Cobalt then Gamma rays, followed by six months of Chemotherapy. I was discharged September 1976 (attending outpatients until 2002 when I was finally given the all clear).
I started doing sponsored walks to raise money for cancer research at The Royal Marsden in 1995 and have managed to do one long distance walk every year since -- Making at total of 20 walks so far.
Up until last year The Via de la Plata was my Longest Ever walk and although I say so myself -- it was something Special !! 1,000 kilometres from Seville to Santiago de Compostela and it raised almost £2,000. But this was superseded by my “Big Walk” in 2014 (Details below)
ALL the money that I collect through sponsorship goes to Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital. I pay ALL my own travelling expenses -- This is My opportunity to put something back into the system that bailed me out of the Deep Poo -- If they hadn't I wouldn't be around now to do the walks !!