You may or may not have already heard about John Hayes' upcoming E4 long distance walk across Europe, so I wanted to mention it here on my blog - partly because he's a fellow Brit, but mostly because it's for a great cause. In three days, John will be setting off on what sounds like a historical walk across Europe from southern Spain to Budapest.
From John's Blog: Having worked non-stop for over thirty years I have now decided to do something completely different. I'm going to walk from Tarifa, the most southerly point in Spain, to Budapest. I'm following the route of the E4 European Long Distance Walk and I think I might be the first person to do it. As well as an enjoyable personal adventure it would be great if I could raise money for charity. To help in the money raising process I want to see if I can generate some interest in my walk.
John says that there is not much of a collective memory about the E4, or the E network as a whole. He would like to contribute to changing that, and, by walking from two particularly iconic points along the route, start to develop the tradition of "thru-walking" which characterizes the Appalachian Trail (AT) or the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). So beginning in March 2011, he will walk from Tarifa in Spain all the way to Budapest in Hungary.
I'd like to wish John the best of luck and safe travels on his walk. I'll be tracking his progress via his walk diary updates, you might want to check it out too.
Good luck John!
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