A 3,000 Mile Journey Lands One Man in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Karl Bushby planned to walk 36,000 miles over 12 years through 25 countries, but he ran in to a few bumps in the road which brought him here to Huntsville.

It’s what Bushby calls the #Bushby3000, and you can follow him throughout his entire journey. This mission though, is only just a side note or even an inconvenience for Bushby.

“I’m living out of gas stations, burger bars, people’s homes.. whatever you find along the way,” he tells WHNT News 19. He’s walked 2,007 miles, approximately, from Los Angles to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

The stop here doesn’t fall at the top of Bushby3000’s to-do list, nor was it on his original agenda. But, it’s a stop that, despite the circumstances, he’s been looking forward to.

“You’re looking at the Mecca of STEM education and inspiration, I think,” Bushby said when asked why he chose to stop in Huntsville.

His ultimate plan though, walk 36,000 miles with no help from any sort of vehicle. Those 36,000 miles: “..walk from the southern tip of South America, back to London, unassisted by any form of transport.”

But, there was a set back. 2,000 miles into Russia, officials threw him out on a visa ban, for 5 years.

“We have a bit of a misunderstanding here with the Russians, and we are hoping to smooth that over.”

Now adventurer Karl Bushby is walking 3000 miles – one step at a time – from Los Angeles to the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he hopes to convince the Russian government to grant him a visa so he can complete the longest continuous walk in human history.

He says, “”by the time we get there, hopefully we can sit down and have a chat and see if we can maybe smooth some things out here. So, that’s the plan any way.”

For the weekend though, Bushby is enjoying the Tennessee Valley.

“It wasn’t quite on my agenda, but I’m here so I’m making the best of it shall we say.”

So far Bushby has completes 20,000 of the 36,000 miles. You can track his progress through real-time GPS tracking, walking alongside him virtually as he continues his journey.