Lord Bates is walking 3000km from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness for the 2016 UN Olympic truce and to raise funds for Unicef

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Day 108 (22 July): Flying the Flag

Posted on July 22, 2016

  We arrived into Barra Mansa late last night after a long and difficult walk from Resende. One of the great traveller tools of the modern era is the Trip Advisor App. Often it shows up places to stay that aren’t listed on other web-sites and its recommendations for places to eat can take the risks out […]

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Day 107 (21 July): Sustained by Generosity

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Okay, so let me be really honest: I just can’t wait for this walk to be over. It has been the most difficult and dangerous of all the five distance charity walks we have undertaken. I am exhausted. The thought of just over a week to go to the finish line should inspire me with […]

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Day 106 (20 July): Rio de Janeiro State & Amen for AMAN

Posted on July 21, 2016

  Today was a big day. It was the day we crossed into Rio de Janeiro State. It is the fifth state I have walked through during our two months in Brazil–Rio Grande dol Sul, Santa Caterina, Parana and Sao Paul being the others. What of course makes this extra special is that it is the last […]

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Day 105 (19 July): Encouragement from UN Secretary General BAN Ki-moon

Posted on July 20, 2016

We all need encouragement. Some days more than others. Yesterday we received disappointing news of setbacks in our plans for our arrival into Rio on Friday 29 July and for the marking the start of the Olympic truce. It is totally understandable that with just over two weeks to the Opening Ceremony of the Games, with shocking international […]

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Day 104 (18 July): Heroes

Posted on July 18, 2016

‘We can be heroes, just for one day’ David Bowie I set off from the Bom Jesus Seminary in Aperacida where we had stayed the previous night with a milestone in my sights. Today I would pass 1676 miles on the walk. Why should that be significant? Well because the furthest you can walk on […]

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Day 102 (16 July): Winds of Change

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  ‘When the winds of change blow some run for cover and others build windmills’ Chinese Proverb We set off from our guest house Pousada Sagrados Coracoes in Pindamonhanaba at noon. We had appreciated our stay at this Christian retreat centre so much we wanted to enjoy the peace and tranquillity to the full. There is […]

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Day 101 (15 July): Reasons to be thankful & hopeful

Posted on July 16, 2016

  Xuelin has a WeChat group which is a constant mine of encouragement and wisdom. Often it is the suggestion of individuals and organisations who might support UNICEF with donations. Sometimes it is contacts in Brazil who may be able to advise us of routes or where to find accommodations. Some times it is just encouragement […]

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Day 100 (14 July): No mood for celebrating

Posted on July 15, 2016

  I suppose 100 days is something of a landmark. We celebrated 50 and were planning to do so again for 100 but the sickening reports from Nice were just breaking as we were planning to go out. Neither of us felt remotely in the mood. Apart from the obvious cowardice of attacks like this it […]

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Day 99 (13 July): Make my day…

Posted on July 13, 2016

  When I was growing up in the north east of England I was fascinated by manufacturing. It was the major part of the local labour market and part of our culture and history. I recall being taken down to banks of the River Tyne to see the launch of ships. There were school visits […]

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Day 98 (12 July): Bring me sunshine…..

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“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” Helen Keller After sub-zero temperatures just a couple of weeks ago in the mountains of Parana we experienced 30 degree plus temperatures today in Sao Paulo. All temperatures present there own challenges but heat brings with it the loss of fluid and […]

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Day 97 (11 July): On our own again…

Posted on July 11, 2016

  I have often remarked upon that it is perhaps the most lonely of all the five distance charity walks we have done so far. Encounters with people are rare and normally restricted to garage shops where I stop for a rest and water and hotel check-ins. That is why the past five days have been […]

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