We see a lot of interesting and crazy adventures here on this blog, but this one kind of takes the cake. Reader Alan Curr tipped me off to this story about a couple in Japan who spent much of 2009 walking the entire length of the country, north to south, to raise funds for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Fund. That’s a distance of over 1865 miles. And did I mention that they did it all on stilts?
Mick and Miki Tan of Chiba, Japan set out on their Pongo Hogo Hogo Challenge from the northernmost area of the country last July, on what they described as a journey of “1 year, 2 stilts, 3 thousand kms”. Their route was broken down into several segments, and of course they blogged their progress as well.
According to the most recent updates on their site, it seems that they reached their final destination early last week, and it seems that they arrived back home on Tuesday of this week. They did post a link to a video from a documentary film crew that followed them around for their six months on stilts, and you can see a clip of Mick and Miki below.
What a fun and interesting expedition this must have been. They’re still trying to raise funds for their case and have fallen a bit short of their goal, so if you’d like to contribute head over to their donations page.
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