Lonely Planet Writer

British walker hits wall of red-tape on Russian leg of world trek

A British adventurer has had his bid to become the first person to walk around the world halted – because of red tape.

Russian red-tape has forced British walker Karl Bushby to postpone the final leg of his 36,000 mile round the world trek.
Russian red-tape has forced British walker Karl Bushby to postpone the final leg of his 36,000 mile round the world trek. Image by flowcomm / CC BY 2.0

Karl Bushby, from Hull, was hoping to enter the record books this year, but has now had to put back the final leg of his walking odyssey due to a mixture of visa snarl-ups with Russian officials and lost luggage.

The 45-year-old Englishman has shown remarkable perseverance and durability since beginning the 36,000 mile globe-walking challenge some 17 years ago.

In late 1998, he set off on his trek from Chile and is now only around 16,000 miles short of completing the epic walking test.

ITV reports that Karl has hit a wall through hold-ups in acquiring the proper visa to allow him traverse Russia. Another major problem facing the long-distance walker was the fact that vital equipment wasn’t delivered by a luggage company.

It meant that by the time his stuff arrived, he had no choice but to postpone the last part of his ambition until early 2016.