Sunday, 28 December 2014

#walkacrosslondon Day 3 in Pictures

Stratford Centre, start off point

Vicarage Lane - I used work at facility in this compound, redeveloped into housing units

The famous, one and only...

Entering Ilford...Kemi walking too fast for me so I decided to...

At Chadwell Heath

#walkacrosslondon Day 2 in Pictures

Day 2, my route High St Kensington > Oxford St > Holborn > Old Street > Cambridge Heath > Olympics Park, Stratford

Hyde Park, Queen's Gate entrance

Failed selfie at the entrance of RAH

Very tempted...later

#walkacrosslondon Day 1 in Pictures

How I'm kitted out

Took a train from Waterloo to Virginia Water. A short hike to start Point A

The morning was a rainy one

Start Point, a rural on the outskirts of London. A farm with ponies

#walkacrosslondon Day 3 in Tweets

  • Is there anywhere in the Bible that says "Thou shall not walk on a Sabbath?". Cos I would actually like to follow that commandment right now Nov 16, 2014
  • Day 3 #WalkAcrossLondon, mad determination to get me off this bed and out into 8 degrees outdoors. Nov 16, 2014
  • In addition to the lingering strain, my lower limbs muscles are aching now. I remember after #WalkAcrossLagos, I limped around for days Nov 16, 2014
  • Thanks bro @ladumdum #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • @ladumdum ok cool. I'd love to hear it. I'll buzz you upper next week Nov 16, 2014
  • One of my fav J.Cole one liners..."Gary Coleman just passed, life is short" Nov 16, 2014
  • Last day...My trail today will take me thru Ilford > Chadwell Heath > Romford > Harold Wood and M25 junction End Point D #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • I'm at Stratford Centre (waiting for @Kemmzy) feeling nostalgic. I used to work in Stratford '01 to '03. This was my daily commute centre Nov 16, 2014
  • Entering Romford Road, virtually straight road all the way to Harold Wood #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • My old work place @edfenergy on Vicarage Lane now redeveloped to new residential complex Nov 16, 2014
  • Crossed £200 mark, inching to d halfway mark. You can help push across it. Donate here pls Nov 16, 2014
  • I'm sure I must be the guest that's stayed the shortest with my Stratford Airbnb host. After drinks with Charles and Yinka @Westfield (1) Nov 16, 2014
  • Got in at 11:30pm, left at 8:30am. He made me a hot cup of coffee before I left. Bless him (2). Nov 16, 2014
  • The famous "Green Street" of movie and life of West Ham football hooligans #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • Yeah, 3rd and last day today RT @oluwa_todimuu @alldatjas Great! You're walking London? Nov 16, 2014
  • About to cross the North Circular. Ilford just ahead. Kemi is walking fast fast, I'm trying to keep up #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • Lunch and rest at Ilford. We're falling behind schedule abit so we have to pick up pace when resume #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • Badass auto shop...Bentleys, Porsches, Lambo, Custom Ranges Nov 16, 2014
  • Selfie with @Kemmzy at Chadwell Heath #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • In to Havering Borough, the last Borough to walk through. We're just over an hour to End Point D by Harold Wood/M25 #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • On approach to Romford, Charles has joined us well kitted for the walk #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • Our stats now. M25 is dead ahead. We should get to End Point D by 16:00 #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • 2 miles to go #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • M25 in sight #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 16, 2014
  • Day 3 made it to M25 wit @Kemmzy and Charles. Gracious of Femi to pick us @ End Point D #WalkAcrossLondon completed Nov 16, 2014

#walkacrosslondon Day 2 in Tweets

  • I'm up...Day 2 #WalkAcrossLondon My body and feet are rested but I can feel slight strain on one foot. I think its manageable Nov 15, 2014
  • My Airbnb host is still sleeping. The guy no dey fear say I fit be ritual killer. But he's cool, welcoming me to his home just like that Nov 15, 2014
  • I can't see Airbnb surviving in Nigeria. Mutual fear by host/guest doing sinister stuff e.g. kidnapping, ritual killing will be rife Nov 15, 2014
  • Its almost 7am. I want to get ready and head back to end Point B to continue #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • At End Point B, setting off to Straford, End Point C. Nav says it about 12 miles/20km. Half of yesterday's distance #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • The shorter distance is good news for my foot. Temperature is 8 degrees, not bad for morning. Also, not hungry yet need a drink though Nov 15, 2014
  • On to Stratford and maybe beyond to make up ground for tomorrow #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • My path today High St Kensington > Oxford St > Holborn > Old Street > Cambridge Heath > Olympics Park #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • The gloves are on...ok I had to take them off to type this Nov 15, 2014
  • MS Surface Pro 3 subbing the Mac Air Nov 15, 2014
  • It is cold morning, undoubtedly. Can't leave my hands unprotected for too long. I can't even begin to imagine @Ed_Stafford at the North Pole Nov 15, 2014
  • Expecting an important Skype call this morning > @oluwagbomi Nov 15, 2014
  • Queens Gate entrance to Hyde Park #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Feel like making a charitable donation, pls do it here as I #WalkAcrossLondon - GoFundMe - Nov 15, 2014
  • @elaweda At the moment yeah, but sister is gonna join me today and tomorrow. My cousin planning on joining too Nov 15, 2014
  • Entering Oxford Street now, gonna do abit of (window) shopping #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • NP #Oceans which for me is Magna Carta's stand out track Nov 15, 2014
  • Forget the window part, actually stopped to do some shopping #OxfordStreet #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Stone throw from the British Museum. Visit pen down for another trip #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Did full English for breakfast yesterday. Thinking Chinese or Thai for brunch at Shoreditch #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Walking pass @ConwayHall Nov 15, 2014
  • Iconic Route Master has been redesigned to a new sleek bus #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Rolling down Clerkenwell, edge of The City Nov 15, 2014
  • RT @Edub4Music #Oshey Johnnie Walker @alldatjas: Rolling down Clerkenwell, edge of The City" Nov 15, 2014
  • My body is telling me I ain't as fit as during #WalkAcrossLagos. Everytime I take a rest, aches hit me as I resume walkin #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • RT @oluwagbomi Mama and I Skype called dada. He's away doing #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • @Kemmzy joined the trail all the way to Straford #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Just about half way through Day 2. Kemi joined up the walk at Shoreditch.... Nov 15, 2014
  • Bethnal Green and environs...Sharia Zone quite evident. Seen quite a number of woman with full hijab and heavy bearded men #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Victoria Park, then a short hop to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and End Point C #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • Victoria Park, Autumn in full bloom Nov 15, 2014
  • Sunset at the Olympic Park. About 10m aways from End Point C #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • End of Day 2 stats at End Point C #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 15, 2014
  • #Interstellar, it was ok and all...cosmos, science & space stuffs until e turn African Magic towards the end me no come understand again Nov 15, 2014

#walkacrosslondon Day 1 in Tweets

  • < 12 hours to #walkacrosslondon and I'm still out with the @IHEU crew including @bobchurchill. Trying out sake for the first time #Japanese Nov 13, 2014
  • Sake...warm and potent Nov 14, 2014
  • I'm up...D-Day #WalkAcrossLondon You won't believe I woke with a slight hangover. That sake ehn Nov 14, 2014
  • Off to Waterloo station to get a train to Virginia Water, close to the start point. It's still a bit dark, wet and rainy #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Heading out westbound to Virginia Water. About 2km after start point #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • At Virginia Water. Heading eastboud now to start point #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Approaching the M25 start point at Thorpe. Raining...#WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • At start point A, turned on navigation make I no go lost #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • My view right now. Current path is alongside the M25 to my left #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Outskirts of London is still a bit rural. I've come across a number of farms. This one has Shire horses Nov 14, 2014
  • Advice heeded. Thank you #WalkAcrossLondon RT @unionbankplc @alldatjas God will be with you. Pls make sure you face the traffic all the time Nov 14, 2014
  • Missed my way sha. Wasn't paying attention to Nav. Retracing steps about half a kilometre back #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • RT @IHEU Nigerian humanist @alldatjas walks whole cities for charity. Next 3 days: London. And it's raining! ... Nov 14, 2014
  • Less than a mile to Thorpe town #walkacrosslondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Gotta giv a shoutout 2 @swagerliciously with a major offline donation. U 2 can donate online here #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Off-road now onto Monk's Walk. There's no way I woulda seen this path without Nav #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • The path is desolate in between Manor Lake and St Ann's Lake Nov 14, 2014
  • That's Manor Lake. St Ann's Lake is right behind me #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Monk's Walk snakes behind Thorpe Park. Very muddy Nov 14, 2014
  • Walking over the M3 towards Staines #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • In Chertsey town, quiet place. 2 hours deep into #WalkAcrossLondon, looking for a cafe to take a break Nov 14, 2014
  • Hot cuppa at Joe's Cafe #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Back on the road. The sun is out. It really hasn't been as cold as I feared or as I'd geared up for so far #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Crossing over the River Thames at the bridge leading to Chertsey #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • I never thought I'd say this...but I'm actually hot and sweating right now #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Over 3 hours into Day of #WalkAcrossLondon. Right now, I'm on Russell Road heading towards Sunbury... Nov 14, 2014
  • Thanks dude RT @the3rdGoogleBoy @alldatjas lol all the best bro #walkacrosslondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Had to turn down the hot drink #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Rest break to let feet breathe at a small park on the banks of the Thames #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • How I'm doing stats wise #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • While I'm doing #WalkAcrossLondon in 3 days, @PaulSalopek is walking frm Africa all the way to end of South America in 7 yrs. Thats just ill Nov 14, 2014
  • Places I'm still walking through today to get to Point B...Hampton > Twickenham > Richmond > Chiswick #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • @GidiTraffic All clear on Lower Hampton Road, no LASTMA in sight #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • First sign of traffic, deep into Greater London now #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Leaving Hampton, Twickenham ahead. I'm surprised my mum hasn't called me all day. She tried a final attempt of dissuading me this morning Nov 14, 2014
  • She said today was Wednesday shebi my walk is not starting until two days time. Told her nice try Nov 14, 2014
  • Check this...Drive Like a Girl is the name of an insurance company. It will take a man's man to subscribe to them Nov 14, 2014
  • I think Google deceived me on the distance across London. Its gonna be more than 67km. I will clock well over 30km today #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • More than 25km covered now and I still got 2.5 hours till I get to Point B. Nov 14, 2014
  • Rest stop at Twickenham Green, an open park which I suspect will have lots dog poop. 2 hrs more #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Its getting dark now. Gonna definitely be walking in the dark. Randon thought...I think I want to watch Interstellar tonight Nov 14, 2014
  • Temperature is dropping Nov 14, 2014
  • Almost 8 hours and my feet are killing me. I think I need one more rest stop. Very dark now, at Richmond #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Doing half a pint at a pub in Richmond. This should be my last rest stop before Shepherd's Bush #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • This pub is packed. TGIF starts pretty early around here Nov 14, 2014
  • After 9 hours #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • 15 mins to end Point B. The pain is barely manageable. My feet feel like I'm walking on bare ground #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Day 1; 39.5 km; 10 hours, 33 mins at end Point B. Now to try and locate my Airbnb crashing place #WalkAcrossLondon Nov 14, 2014
  • Airbnb host (Sang) very hospitable. Hot bath, clean sheets, warm bed and enough charging ports. Nov 14, 2014
  • To think I only thot of Airbnb at the last minute after I couldn't get suitable hotels around my end points. Nov 14, 2014
  • Sang is frm Hong Kong. I thk he's a Buddhist. He turned on his tab to project the image of his God (I didn't recognise it) in one corner (1) Nov 14, 2014
  • He started praying to it. First time I'm seeing someone improvising with an electronic device to represent his/her God and praying to it (2) Nov 14, 2014
  • How Airbnb and Uber Are Changing the Nature of Work via National Journal - Nov 14, 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Walk Across London

When I was thinking of the next city to walk, it had to be London. The second city I’m most familiar with and the second city I’ve lived in after Lagos.

The distance across London I will be walking is approximately 67km…it’s not as long as across Lagos but I look forward to a challenging and rewarding walk. I expect to complete the walk in 3 days starting from Fri 14th to Sun 16th Nov.

As usual, the walk is for fun, discovery and sight-seeing experience while I would like to use the opportunity to raise funds for a charity or two I believe needs support.

For #WalkAcrossLagos in December 2012, with the support of friends, colleagues and family I was able to raise N115,000 which was donated to the Red Cross Orphanage in Makoko, Yaba, Lagos. This year with #WalkAcrossLondon, I am looking to raise N200,000 to be divided equally between two charities;

1) The Red Cross of Nigeria Orphanage in Makoko, Yaba, Lagos

2) The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). They have an on-going campaigning to raise money to buy 37 mobile cancer detection machines. I appreciate their efforts in the fight against cancer.

So, follow the journey via Twitter @alldatjas for updates on how the walk progresses and to know if I made it.

Oh yeah, you can make a donation towards my target on my Gofundme page...or if you prefer to donate via bank transfer to Ecobank Nigeria - Adeyinka Shorungbe, Acct No. 0021379904

Thank you.


Monday, 10 November 2014

This Should Be Fun...

First time making a post in almost two years plus I haven’t done any ultra walks since #WalkAcrossLagos...time flies

I had initially planned #WalkAbujaLagos or #WalkAcrossLondon in 2013 after #WalkAcrossLagos but had to shelve the plans mainly due to work schedules. In between, I “try” to keep fit but it can be hard sometimes. Done a number of half day walks over the couple of years mainly in Lagos (Victoria Island, Lekki Axis).

What else? I’ve been living, surviving, learning. My daughter is over 2 years old now, started play school. Speaking a few words here and there, developing her own character day-by-day. Also changed jobs, so got a new work-family now in Ecobank Nigeria but I still got mad love for my Stanbic IBTC fam.

After almost a week in Paris attending Cartes 2014 and doing some sightseeing to get to know the city with Tolu Latunji and Bode Oyegoke-Akande, I’ll be hoping on the Eurostar in a few hours to London to spend time with my siblings (my brother's graduation tomorrow), mum and the Ile Iwe Metta Jand crew.

Been making preps for #WalkAcrossLondon – accommodation, gear, weather review, gears, mapping out my route and distance per day, etc. The walk will take me 3 days starting from Friday 14th Nov to Sunday 16th Nov.

My main concern will be the chill and not the hot blazing sun this time around. Its late Autumn, so with Winter just about to creep in this will make a good experience walking in cold weather. I’ve been hearing something on the news about cold snap over in the US. I gats to brace up for this side of the Atlantic. Thermal wear is a must now.

This should be fun.