Walking from the Pyrenees to Northern England

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To celebrate my 70th birthday next year I plan to walk from my home in the Aude to the house in Blackpool, Lancashire, where I was born. Taking 70 days for the walk and arriving at the house of my birth exactly 70 years after the event. I have a blog for interested parties at: http://vicsbigwalk.blogspot.com

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good luck!!!

Leone-19185 1246258215

He is one amazing person...

I have been following his blog for awhile, log on and have a look - one great journey!!

Vic Heaney-29308 1246278711

Ladies, you are too kind.

I have decided to use the event to raise money for Pancreatic cancer funds in UK. This is the most deadly of the cancers. 5 per cent of cancer deaths are from cancer of the pancreas, yet it receives only 1 per cent of the funding.

Not only that, it took my first wife, who has never seen her youngest grandson.

Leone-19185 1246278921

Good on you Vic!!

Pancreatic Cancer is a very miss understood cancer - mainly due to the Breast and Prostate cancers taking top billing. But any cancer is not to be ignored.

I have worked with cancer patients for 10 years and have also had breast cancer which metastasized into the lymph glands.

I take me hat off to ya Vic!

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So far this year I have walked 2,386 kms, which with my little legs (I am not really such a big walker) equates to 2,982,500 steps!

I have one pair of shoes (Columbia Trailmeister IV) which have covered 1,500 kms - 1,875,000 steps. Not a blister in sight.

For more, see my blog:


Vic Heaney-29308 1246825130

I received an e-mail telling me that Huanic had posted a message in this forum. But there appears to be nothing here from hir.

Vic Heaney-29308 1247004436

far this year I have walked 2,386 kms, which with my little legs (I am
not really such a big walker) equates to 2,982,500 steps!

I have one pair of shoes (Columbia Trailmeister IV) which have covered 1,500 kms - 1,875,000 steps. Not a blister in sight.

For more, see my blog:


Vic Heaney-29308 1247194813

Some interesting news today.

A major shoe manufacturer, having heard that I am giving their shoes some major punishment, is interested in:

1. Framing my shoes and exhibiting them in one of their stores, or making some other use of them.

2. Putting a link on their website to my blog, to "create some buzz".

Making a story to be used through their PR agency, so that even more
people start talking about me and my big challenge - of course I would
need to refer to their shoes, which I am happy to do because I think
they are most excellent.

I am very happy to do this or many
other things to maximise the publicity because, now I have decided to
raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, the publicity will help that

More about that very soon. I expect to have a link from
my blog to the charity donation website up and running in the next few

My blog is at:


Leone-19185 1247205629

That would be great Vic ...... a little more publicity will go a loooong way!

You are doing great....... as is Lance Armstrong eh???


Vic Heaney-29308 1247226263

Hello Leone

Thanks once again. Hopefully the publicity will result in more contributions to the charity.

As for Lance - what a superman. It's a pity that for the first time in years the Tour is not coming anywhere near our village.

Vic Heaney-29308 1247419800

Let’s Nail This Serial Killer

cancer is the most deadly of the cancers. There is a shockingly low survival
rate. And yet it is also the least known cancer. 5% of cancer deaths are from
cancer of the pancreas, yet it receives only 1% of the funding. Most people are
not aware of its existence.

I have a
very personal reason for wanting to help in the fight against this deadly
illness. My first wife Gaile died only a few short weeks after diagnosis. My
daughters miss their mother dreadfully. One of my grandchildren has never seen
his grandmother. The others have only dim memories because they were so young
when she died.

So what can
we do to help? I am going to walk 1800 kms. You can support me with a donation
to Pancreatic Cancer
UK, and I hope you will do so. Even if
you do not live in
UK, the work done will benefit people
in your country, possibly somebody close to you.

Today I
have inserted a “JustGiving” link in the header of my blog. If you click on
that (or copy and paste into your browser), it will take you to my fund-raising
page on JustGiving. The procedure for donation is simple and quick.

After you
have donated, I would like you to write to everybody on your address book,
asking them to do the same. Also asking them next to write to everybody on their address books, and so on down the

We all
receive enough chain letters which are nonsense, about non-existent or
redundant viruses, or like the one about Starbucks refusing to send coffee to
the troops in
Iraq while in reality they had special
arrangements in place to send coffee to the troops. Let’s start a chain letter
which will actually do some good.

click that JustGiving link now. Then
please write the letter to your friends. They will need the address of this
blog, or just tell them to Google “Vic’s Big Walk”. That will bring them to the
blog and the link will be staring them in the face. The link which could save

Here is the
link again:


Vic Heaney-29308 1248648248

One Tough Mother

Those wondering what to do with their time in
retirement should have a look at the book "One Tough Mother" that I
recommend on my blog today.

An 85-year old woman running a company with over $1 billion turnover,
jetting all over the world opening stores, meeting presidents, starring
in advertising campaigns!

No need to put your feet up just yet.


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The more I read about people doing long distance walks in France, the
more I come across references to frequent attacks by dogs. As I shall
be walking the full length of France, from almost at the Spanish border
to the ferry ports to UK, I don't suppose I shall be immune.

So earlier in the week, I was asking in my blog if anybody knew whether
pepper spray is legal in France. I am still not sure whether this is
the case. I know they are available. I believe it is legal to own one,
but it may be illegal to carry one. But that the gendarmerie turn a
blind eye to ladies carrying one in their purse for self-defence. What
about an old man carrying one in his rucksack?

Then came the news from New Zealand about a female jogger being savaged
for fifteen minutes by EIGHT pig-hunting dogs. She is luck to be alive.
If you haven't seen the story, just
Google "Jogger New Zealand" and you will have a vast choice of news
reports about it. It seems to have been covered by every newspaper in
the world. The news also sharpened my own thoughts.

What about tazers? I met an interesting man
who had a stall at Mirepoix market the other day. He was selling a wide
range of splendidly made marble Buddhas. He had a very interesting life
story to tell and I would be keen to hear more of it. However, the
relevant bit of our conversation concerned tazers.

He had been
on a market somewhere and on an adjacent stall someone was selling
tazers. Probably not the full monty type as used by the police but, he
said, just the sound they emitted was enough to deter a marauder, human
or animal. And that's before the ultimate sanction of applying the
electricity to the beast.

Does anybody know anything about these, whether they are legal in France, where they can be acquired?

The Buddha man is called Howard Owen and his website is:


His stuff is excellent.

My blog:


Vic Heaney-29308 1251145372

Booking My Place

Well, a week of hard work, and I have sent off the synopsis and several
chapters of my book to a publisher, and also to a literary consultancy.

If you would be interested in receiving details - with no
obligation or commitment - of when the book will be published, please
e-mail me at:


Please put the word "Book" as the subject. I will keep all these
e-mails in a separate folder and will keep you informed of progress. I
will also notify you of publication date and details of how to get the
book, if you so desire. This will, of course, be after the walk has
finished, which will, of course, be July 23, 2010.

This week I have walked 86 kms, still restrained by the heatwave. 3063 kms for the year to date.

Big Walker's Blog:


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An otherwise fairly accurate article about Vic's
Big Walk in the English-language French newspaper Connexion, has me
walking 70 kms a day for 70 days. This would give a total of 4,900 kms,
which would get me to New York.

I think most of that would involve swimming, not walking. And it's
not the sharks that bother me, it's the fish - what would a vegetarian
eat in all that time?

I first crossed the atlantic by sea when I was 17 but this new way would be a novelty - there is always something to learn.

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