One man set out on an incredible journey to walk the entire British coastline and raise money for a charity that helps veterans.
Throughout his journey, he picked up a dog named Jet as his fellow travel companion and learned incredible survival skills like how to live off the land and use natural resources to survive.
But a noble journey that started out in 2017 was brutally interrupted by COVID-19, and this avid outdoor-enthusiast was left with a choice – give up the hike or stay the course.
Choosing the latter, Christian Lewis persevered and realized that while his original plans had changed, he wasn’t going to let COVID-19 cause him to take his eyes off the prize.
March Changed Everything
Christian was in the middle of his hike when the coronavirus pandemic shook the world.
And although he was pretty out of the loop on what was happening, he did hear about the travel restrictions in mid-March, forcing him to change his plans.
In the UK, strict rules were put in place – all but forbidding people to leave their homes except for essential activities like buying food or medicine (which should be as “infrequent as possible”) and exercising (which has been banned to only “one form of exercise a day”).
Given these firm restrictions, Christian could have given up his charity hike and quit– except he had already given up everything for this journey and had no home to go back to.
Instead of throwing in the towel, like a champ he braved the weather and ended up sleeping in a tent on a mostly uninhabited Scottish island.
He was prepared to sleep in his tent for as long as it took for him to be free to travel again.
Thankfully, a complete stranger learned of his circumstances and lent him a deserted cabin to sleep in for free.
While the cabin has no running water or electricity, Christian gets by with a roaring fire and dining on what he can find like fresh mussels.
He is completely alone and isolated, but in good spirits.
And thanks to the newfound publicity of his hike – he’s been able to raise even more money to help veterans!
While the silver lining to this story is knowing that Christian is happy and safe (and able to fundraise even more for vets) – his story also points to a deep erosion of personal liberty.
Of course, it is wise to take precautions during a worldwide pandemic.
Temporarily restricting mass gatherings and crowds of people to avoid everyone coughing and sneezing droplets on one another?
Makes total sense.
Encouraging people to practice social distancing when interacting with strangers and reminding them to wash their hands?
Restricting one single man (and his dog) from being able to peacefully hike down the British coastline?
So even though Christian is holding up well and content in his cabin, it’s still sad his entire journey has to be put on hold indefinitely.
No one knows how or when restrictions will ease up.
COVID-19 has successfully disrupted every form of travel – from the business exec to the lone hiker with his dog trying to raise money for veterans.
So cheers to you Christian (and Jet) for your resilience!
We wish you safe travels when you can resume your journey once again.
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