Over Christmas I read the amazing story of Ed Miller, a teacher from the UK, who decided after surviving cancer he would travel to Australia to watch the Ashes, however he would take the tough route. No flights would be included in his epic trip, just road, boat and train…just like me.
A treacherous trek in Austria that got out of control, friendly Russians, scammed in China, sleeping in a room with 119 people in Luxemburg, inking an ancient bamboo tattoo at midnight in Thailand, traveling on the trans-Siberian railway, clueless in Ukraine, robbed in Frankfurt, eating bony snakes in Cambodia, and stranded in Bali – it’s been an epic journey for Ed and one I hope to follow in the footsteps (apart from the scamming bit!).
The roots of the journey goes back eight years, a lump in his testicles resulted in a fretful week of scans that led to a surgery and a ball was removed. “One ball down, I have been able to live my life to the full since,” he says.
Miller teaches business studies at high-school — first in London and for the last three years for an international school in Dubai, decided to take a year’s break in July, and inspired by the travel-adventure shows in UK, he planned to skip flights. At just 34, and single, and finding no friend crazy enough, he decides to wing it alone. Very simliar to my own story. Ed and myself certainly share the same desire to live life to the full and raise the profile of the health issues we have had. Well done Ed on your epic trip.