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6 MONTH AUSTRALIAN VISA OBTAINED!

Hi Everyone,

I am still in Buenos Aires sorting out some logistics for the rest of the run.

Sunday before I left Dublin after my three week timeout  I went out with the family for lunch before going to the airport that night for my early morning flight to Buenos Aires. It was so nice to get back and see my Mam and sisters family again.

 

Many thanks to my great hosts and friends John Boyle,  his wife Argentine Clara and their 5 year old identical twin girls Sofia and Paula for being so helpful to me.

John, Sofia, Paula and Clara.

Wonderful people. Last night we ate the huge fry up I smuggled over on the plane! :) Plus drank  lots of Barrys tea!

John, originally from England, who we all consider to be as Irish as ourselves often wears his Mayo GAA shirt proudly as he used to holiday with the family there as a youngster. When he was older he worked in construction near Balina for ten years.  He is also a great Luton Town fan who even has a sign outside his house reading ‘ car parking  reserved for Luton Town fans. ’

He has been minding Nirvana up in his loft for almost a year now, so I guess he also reserves parking for Dublin fans also.  :)    Even if Mayo did beat the Dubs in the All Ireland recently!

He ran a pb for a half marathon on Sunday (the day before I got back to BA, well timed lazy Mangan!)  So too did Michael his friend from Kilkenny. At the start of the race a mad man drove his car the wrong way down Alcorta Avenida towards the runners. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Mad driver at the start of Sundays Buenos Aires half marathon

After the race, while still celebrating their great pb’s John and Michael had a great excuse to go out to a bar to watch Kilkenny draw with Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final. The lads then decided to rehydrate on huge amounts of alcohol ending up in a state of talking incoherent jibberish!

 I expect to take a bus back to my finishing location in JB Alberdi tomorrow Thursday, the bus leaves Buenos Aires at 5pm, it is about a 20/24 hour journey, so too late to start running on Friday. It looks like I will make my restart from where I finished last month on Saturday. I will be taking Nirvana with me. It may be a bit difficult to manage as the bus only allows passengers to carry 15kilos of baggage. Nirvana alone weighs that!

This morning at 9am  I was first in the door of the Australian embassy. I applied for a 6 month visitors visa. By 5pm, just 8 hours later I had an email to say my visa application was accepted :)

Attached to the email was a letter with my visa which I just produce at the border.. What a great system, no need to leave a passport in their embassy for two weeks unlike certain difficult countries!

Many thanks to Jerry O Donovan of the Irish Embassy here in Buenos Aires for helping with my initial enquiries and for smoothing the path for me, also  the wonderful Australian office manager Maria Ines for granting me this often hard to obtain 6 month visa  :)

Just as I was leaving the embassy I lost control and shouted out….

” I’m as happy as a bastard on Father’s Day after receiving my Australian visa. I can’t wait to hit the frog and toad down under….”  Tony are you loosing it? Are you going down?  :(

Then I took out my Australian/English dictionary and translated it….

”  I am really pleased to receive my Australian visa. I can’t wait to get on the road there. ”

Thats better Tony :)    Its a LONG WAY DOWN!  PLAY

Having said that, there is no better time than the present to announce that in the last couple of weeks I have had an offer by a very experienced ultra runner, masseur  and crew man who is excited at the thought of crewing for me through Australia!! I am excited too!!

His name is Michael Gillan from Melbourne, Australia. Thank you so much Michael.

Hawkers try selling all kinds of items on the subways. Even overpriced Argentine maps, he is looking for US$ 16 for this, crazy prices!

Because of this offer I have changed my Australian route to my dream route –  the old pioneer route, right through the center of Australia.Because of this new route Tasmania now comes back into the route making my route even more joined up.

 After Tasmania. I will run from Melbourne, departing around St Patrick’s Day. I will run right through Alice Springs and the Northern Territories as far as Darwin in the north :) Arriving there  mid to late June. By the way my plan is to finish off South America by Christmas and run the two New Zealand islands in January and February.

It will be hot, very hot but I will have a support vehicle and a great crew man. And I will be over dosing on High5 Sports Nutrition which have kept me well hydrated over my 7,000km route over the Andes mountains.

Tasmania route press HERE

Australia route press HERE

My Irish timeout also gave me the opportunity to reexamine my Asia route, which had already been thoroughly researched. After about 8 late nights I came up with a shorter route across Central Asia, saving about 3,000km. It just happens one of my friends is walking through there at the moment! That is the Gobi Desert, see Christoph’s comments below!

I have many great friends to call on for much valuable information and advice. Some of them ex SAS officers, world runners,  2 world walkers, trans continental walkers like my German friend  Christoph Rehage on his second walk Across China. Christophe has always been a purist walker carrying a backpack but I did notice him pushing a cart recently in one of his photos. He gave me a very interesting reply tonight.

” Hey Tony Yes, I have been pulling a cart since 2000kms, it’s much better to haul all that water and food around.
The gobi desert is easy to navigate because there are not many roads. You are not allowed to use a GPS in China if you are a foreigner. This could be a problem. And in many parts, you will not find water or people for more than 50, 100, or even 150 km.
 But it’s still fun! : “
Christoph Rehage

www.thelongestway.com
www.TheLongestWay.com

Another man out there running around the world is Tom Denniss of Australia. Though Tom only started on New Years day he is no longer a novice having amassed a huge total, 11,500km. He  is currently running through Kentucky.  Tom is one of the small club of three world runners. check out his site www.tomsnextstep.com

 

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4 Responses to “6 MONTH AUSTRALIAN VISA OBTAINED!”

  1. fergus Says:

    Good Man Tony, Great to see that you are back after your time-out. And I hope you are some what refreshed and thanks for all those wonderful blogs you have posted recently -as always well written along with superb photos. Long may it continue. Buen viaje en Argentina.

  2. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, great to hear you are back on the road. thats wonderful news about australia. although the embassy might have rang ahead to warned them of this roaring irish fella on his way!!!! good luck, talk soon, kevin.

  3. Ann Says:

    Well done Tony on obtaining the Australian visa with not much hassle. Was great having you home for your timeout. Take care and continue to enjoy :)

  4. Tony Mangan Says:

    Hi All. Back running with Nirvana again, I had a bit of making to do! Will blog it, that will be a special report I promise :)
    The road south towards Cordoba is going to be tough, only a gravel shoulder. Not much water en route. Stopped and met a lovely family at a farm yesterday.
    Also very hot. 42 C on Friday my first day back was short 22km, 45 on Sat, 51 on Sun and so far today about 32, am looking for a 50. I have to make many stops as its really, really hot, just like Panama was. So lots of High 5′ Zero sports drinks mix. Yesterday, I used a full tube of 20! I just bought a 5 ltr bottle of water along with the 4 I already have on Nirvana. Making this stop in a truck stop in Frias, hoping there will be more along the way.
    I understand south of Cordoba it will be cooler, just like a beautiful Irish summer I guess.. Oh I long for that :) About a week to Cordoba.
    Keep in touch! Tony

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About Tony

I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...

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