Walking from Pakistan to the Bay of Bengal

Andrew Simpson: I’ll be walking across India, from Pakistan to the Bay of Bengal, a journey of about 2000 miles, to raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

A walk across India has been a dream of mine for almost three years now.  I first proposed the idea to an Indian friend of mine – asking her if such an endeavor was feasible.  She seemed puzzled, to say the least, and was maybe beginning to wonder if she had seriously misjudged my capacity for common sense.  “India has a wonderful train system,” she offered helpfully, as if she were tactfully informing me that there were alternative methods of travel available in that country.  Indeed, this is a reaction I get from many people when I tell them that I have now walked over 6000 miles, most of which were accumulated in big chunks during long forays into the wilderness areas of the United States.

I find I can justify most of my walking through the simple fact that I find walking life to be a better life. On the India walk, however, there’s another reason why I’m travelling on foot: to raise money for the Sambhavna Clinic, which provides free medical care to the victims and children of the Bhopal gas leak, the single largest industrial disaster of all time.

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