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This guy and his dog have been roaming the world for seven years

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(CNN) — Very few people try to roam the world, and even fewer can actually finish their journey. ..

From New Jersey on May 21, 2022, Tom Tarchich, from New Jersey, became the tenth person on record to accomplish this amazing feat, with his four-legged companion Savannah. Became the first dog.

The pair was greeted with a large homecoming celebration attended by many of Turcich's friends and family.

The moment of victory marked the end of his seven-year journey of 48,000 km (29,826 miles), which he had been working on for a longer time.

"It was very surreal," Turcich tells CNN Travel from his parents' home in Haddon Township. "I had imagined the ending for a long time. When it happened, there were people walking along the street with me.

" The main emotion is just It was a relief. It dominated my life for 15 years, and it was great to be able to finally put it behind me. "

Inspirational walks

Tom Turcich, from New Jersey, and his dog Savannah spent seven years walking around the world together.

New Jersey native Tom Turchitch and his dog Savannah have been around for seven years. We were walking around the world together.

Tom Turchitch

The inspiration for this trip was in 2006 when his longtime friend Anne-Marie died in a jet ski accident at the age of 17. Born from a sad loss.

{55 "It was very formative for me," he explains. "She was a much better person than me, and it sank because I was going to die [one day], and it could happen at any time, and I re-all. I started to evaluate it. "

Compared to Forrest Gump, the character played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 movie, Turchich says that life requires travel and adventure. I decided. And he began to explore all the different ways he could do

After reading about Stephen Newman, he was listed by Guinness World Records as the first person to roam the world. , Walked the adventurer Karl Bushby. Turcich, who has been orbiting the globe on foot since 1998, has decided to tackle this challenge himself.

"It seemed like the best way to understand and be forced into the world." A new place, "he says. "I didn't want to go to Paris or Machu Picchu, so I really wanted to understand the world and see how people live every day."

To work Focusing on it, Turcich started planning the route and at the same time tried to raise money for the trip.

He's a man He works for the summer while he's in college, and after graduation he comes back with his parents and he's been on the road for about two years Was old enough for me.

But shortly before he left, Philadelphia Sign, the owner of a local company, learned of his plans and decided to sponsor his trip.

"He [businessman] happened to know Anne-Marie and her family," he says. "And he wanted to support me as much as possible."

Almost nine years after he first came up with the idea, Turcich was the first to roam the world. I took a step.

He left on April 2, 2015, just before his 26th birthday, hiking equipment, sleeping bags, laptops, DSLR cameras, plastic. I pushed the baby stroller that contained the box. He used it to store his food.

Turcich states that he devised the route with two main factors in mind. In other words, "I want to attack all continents and travel with minimal bureaucratic problems."

"I thought it was about five and a half years," he says. "And it proved to be fairly accurate for real walking."

Faithful companion

The pair in an orange field in Valencia, Spain back in 2018.

Valencia's pair of orange fields, Spain dates back to 2018.

Tom Turcich

The entire itinerary took 7 years, mainly due to two significant delays. The first occurred when Turcich became ill with a bacterial infection and took several months to recover. The second was due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He is inevitably invited to local weddings in both Turkey (or Türkiye) and Uzbekistan, and held at Knife Point while in Panama. I have experienced various highs and lows.

Before starting the walk, Turcich made little trips other than visiting England, Ireland and Wales during his high school exchange trip. He also spent his vacation in Canada and Dominican Republic. Republic.

He had previously completed several 10-day hikes and weekend hikes with his friends, but had little experience with his hikes.

At the beginning of his trip, he was walking from New Jersey to Panama. About four months later, Turcich acquired his walking companion puppy Savannah from an animal shelter in Austin, Texas.

Initially I didn't intend to have a dog, but Turcich struggled to relax, especially while bedding in the campsite, and always woke up in the middle of the night. I was convinced that I could hear something coming.

He felt that having a furry friend by his side who could "watch" at night would make all the difference, And this proved to be true.

"She was great," he says of the savanna. "It's great to be able to share a moment with someone."

When they arrive in Panama, the pair jumps over the dangerous jungle between Panama and Colombia, the Darien Gap. I did. After that first year on the road, Turcich had the option to set up an account on the donation platform Patreon and help his followers fund his trip.

For most of his second year, he spent most of his second year walking from Bogotá, Colombia to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he boated to Antarctica.

At this point, Turcich temporarily went home to get the documents needed to travel to Europe with Savannah.

After arriving in Europe, the pair walked across Ireland and Scotland, but was forced to take a long break as Turcich became too ill to continue. ..

"I threw a towel there (in Scotland) and went to London," he said, and he went to the hospital for weeks while he was in the UK. I explained that I was in and out. He eventually returned to the United States for him to recover.

Difficult time

Turcich and Savannah walked between 18 to 24 miles (around 29 to 38 kilometers) on a typical day.

Turcich and Savannah are 18-24 miles A typical day of walking (about 29-38 kilometers).

Tom Turcich

Instagramand Turcich, who recorded his journey on his blogThe World Walk, took a walk. It is Copenhagen in May 2018, but it will take some time to return to my usual self, both mentally and physically.

"When you go out and spend all this time alone, you really have to be a good companion [for yourself]," he explains. To do.

"Especially when always exposed to elements, so it wasn't interesting to me at all."

Turcich Admits that he began to wonder if he could continue, but says he never seriously considered giving up.

"There were certainly times when I wasn't in a really good place," he says. "And I was wondering what I was doing here. I could be with my family and friends and instead walk in this cold rain in Germany.

"But I don't think I've ever stopped. I had been thinking about it for eight years before I started taking a walk. So it would be ridiculous to give up after a few years.

It wasn't until he walked Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage that included several routes in Spain and France. And in Portugal, he began to feel "fully remembered" and was ready to completely immerse himself in the voyage again.

After that, he and Savannah went to North Africa, where they walked in Morocco. , Algeria, police escort, Tunisia.

From here, they passed through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece. After Greece, they headed to Turkey. Here, Tunisia became the first civilian to be allowed to cross the Bosphorus Bridge on foot.

Then they were transcontinental nations located on the border between Eastern Europe and West Asia, as Georgia, the Caucasus Mountains, and the Pandemic between Russia and Turkey struck. , Azerbaijan. Ultimately, it meant they were forced to stay in Azerbaijan for at least six months.

Return trip

Turcich took countless images, including this photograph of Cappadocia, Turkey, to document his journey.

Turkey has countless images including this photo Photographed in Cappadocia, Turkey, to record his journey.

Tom Turcich

"Then I waited a bit until I could get into any of Central Asia," he said, originally for the purpose of traveling. Turcich said. Before flying to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Australia, and back to the United States.

Unfortunately, due to the strict travel restrictions of the time, Turcich had to abandon his plans to visit Australia and Mongolia. Both destinations have been closed to foreign visitors for about two years. With Kazakhstan.

After walking in Kyrgyzstan, a small country in Central Asia bordering China, he and Savannah flew to Seattle in August 2021 and began returning to New Jersey.

Turcich says Wyoming, the least populated US state, was the most difficult of all the places he crossed during the voyage.

"It's desolate," he said, and he and Savannah finally came across a little thing over the weekend after walking without looking at shops or even people. I remembered. gas station.

"It completely surprised me. I went back to the United States and said," I went home. It's very well developed. This is a cake. "I thought. But I might be better off in the deserts of Chile and Peru.

During the World Walk, the pair walked together on six continents and 38 countries, spending most of the night camping.

The Guinness World Records set the requirement for a round-the-world walk to travel 18,000 miles and cross four continents. This is Turcich's goal.

On average, he and Savannah walked 18 to 24 miles.

"The thing about the savanna was that she always had much more energy than I did," he says. "This [country-to-country walk] is everything she knew so far.

" When we were through the desert, I was at the end of the day She "wants to bring a stick and play"

"7 years is a long time," he says. "When I saw the end, I just couldn't wait to come back. I was ready to hang out with my friends and family again and not be ready to clean up my tent every morning."

Leave it as it is

The family of his deceased friend Anne-Marie welcomes him to celebrate his return home. I was there. Tulchitch emphasizes that he doesn't want to talk for them, but he wants to think of him. The voyage and the attention it gained may have helped a bit.

"I didn't necessarily do it for Anne-Marie," he says. The inspiration behind it.

"Her death gave me a chance to live, and when I finished it [walking] and was with her family, they Also felt a bit closed. ""

Now that he's back home, Turcich enjoys reuniting with his friends and met in the last section of the trip. I'm spending time with my family with my girlfriend.

He wants to go to Mongolia, one of the places he couldn't travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, but at some point Turcich left Savannah. I'm not going to bring it. With him.

"The flight is insanely long and she [Savannah] doesn't care about Mongolia," he says. "Maybe I'll get there someday, maybe not."

For now, he's focused on writing memoirs about the voyage. But Savannah is used to being in one place all the time.

"My dad makes her walk around the river four miles every morning," he says. "So it helps to get some of her energy out. She comes back, jumps on the couch and takes a nap. She seems pretty happy here."

When asked if he wants to get back on the road, Turcich says it's the furthest from his heart. In fact, he has no plans to go anywhere for a long time.

"I want to enjoy his life without walking or traveling," he says. "Now it's over. I just want to be in one place and get the rhythm."