The three thousand mile walk : One Man’s Epic Journey Across Europe
John Hayes will be the first person aiming to complete the E4 Long Distance Walk - 3,000 miles from Tarifa on the southern tip of Spain to Budapest in Hungary.
John said: "Despite months of planning nothing could prepare me for what I found. The biggest surprise has been how remote much of the walking is. Mostly you just don't see anyone. In Andalucia this meant great wildlife, with lots of eagles and vultures, deer, wild boar and even a lynx. The scenery has been wonderful and I would particularly recommend Castellon where the route each day takes you from one amazing hill top town to another."
Things have not always gone to plan however. One day John was attacked by bees which left him with multiple bites. On another occasion he couldn't find anywhere to stay and had no option but to carry on walking through the night arriving at the next destination at 5.30 am in the morning!
Speaking of local hospitality John said: "The local people have been really helpful and I have been bailed out on a number of occasions, despite my rescuers not speaking a word of English. Such impromptu kindness has been really gratifying and I just wish I could speak Spanish so I could say thank you properly."
John is a lot fitter and nearly two stone lighter than when he started. He admits he had to go through a pain barrier as his feet got used to the pretty constant nine to 10 hour walking days. He also knows how long a pair of walking actually lasts, based on this style of walking it's about 700 miles.
In addition to enjoying a good walk John is raising money for a charity which is pioneering a new, innovative and sustainable approach to child malnutrition in Nepal. Once proven the approach will be rolled out on a much wider basis.
John produces a daily update of his adventure and if you want to follow progress, find out about the Nepalese charity or even make a contribution, then go to John's website atwww.e4longdistancewalk.com