September 23, 2023

The World’s Longest Walk Is More Than 14K Miles

Remember that song “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by The Proclaimers?

The singer wants to be “the man who walks a thousand miles” just to “fall down” and someone’s door, but if this “proclaimed” person were to actually do it, it’d be pretty dangerous and life-threatening. So, how long is this longest walkable distance across Earth’s surface? Well, it’s about 14,334 miles and it’s equivalent to the distance from the bottom to the top of Mt. Everest 14 times.

It’s also more than half of Earth’s total 24,901-mile circumference. In terms of time, you’re looking at about 194 days of continuous non-stop walking, and at a normal pace (about 12.5 miles/day) it would take more than three years.

Sure, you’ve got to have a sweet pair of sneakers to walk that far, but it’s not really the journey’s distance that’s the most terrifying. The real problems come from dangerous animals, the fluctuating climate, and other people.

You’ll have to walk through Zimbabwe, which is home to the Black Mamba — one of the deadliest snakes on the planet. In Uganda, you’ll be traveling through a country with the highest number of recorded malaria cases in the world. If you make it to South Sudan, you’ll be moving through the third-most dangerous country in the world. Plus, just up north, you’ll have to cross the Sahara, which can reach temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, if you manage to make it through that stress-inducing geography, you’ll still have to travel through other countries and climates, including war-torn Syria and Russia’s chilly winter, which can bring temperatures down to -38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s the video explaining it all:

So, are you up for the task?

Perhaps if Forrest Gump was a real-life character he’d be down to run as far as he could across the Earth.

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