A British UN soldier who has just finished a three-month stint in Cyprus has decided to walk the 2,800 miles back home to the UK, trekking his way through 11 countries in five months.
According to a report in the Telegraph, which spoke to Captain Ed Lloyd Owen, 24, on his way through southern Turkey after setting off from Cyprus last week, the UN soldier is walking 25 miles a day six days a week Greece, Albania, Italy and France.
He is hoping to raise £25,000 for Walking with the Wounded, a military charity.
“The idea germinated and came together while I was in Cyprus. I have wanted to go on an adventure. We were looking at a map one day and I thought wouldn’t it be cool to walk all the way home. Someone said ‘well why don’t you’. Everyone laughed and then I thought, why don’t I?” he told the Telegraph.
He said that by the time he gets to mile 18,19 or 20 every day he feels tired and his thoughts do turn to home but is determined to keep going.
“I’m viewing it for the next four months as my job and if I’m not at my desk nine or ten hours a day, I’m not doing my job properly. It’s a long way and I just have to break it down and mentally manage.”
Owen said he sets out every day at 6am not knowing where he will end up for the night.
“Half the reason I’m walking across Europe now is because I want to and it’ll be fun, but the other half is because I’m lucky to be able to.”
As a photographer by trade, he said he might even do a book when the journey is over.
His first objective is to reach Gallipoli in time for the centenary commemorations of the First World War landings on April 25, he told the Telegraph.
He has enough money to keep him going to Italy, but is also looking for commercial sponsorship.