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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Tchau Rio & Thank you

Posted on August 12, 2016

Total distance:3025.88kms/1879.99miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp I have written these blog posts from some amazing places over the past five months as Xuelin and I have made our way from Buenos Aires to Rio, but I have a confession–this is my favourite–home. Well to be accurate just around the corner from home in Starbucks, Villiers Street, Westminster, London. I […]



Day 119 (2 August): Up for a challenge? ‘Try’ selling Rugby in Brazil.

Posted on August 3, 2016

In Belo Horizonte we had the pleasure of staying at the same hotel as Martin Dowle, Director of the British Council in Brasil.  The British Council is a charity which works closely with the British Foreign Office to promote knowledge of the English language and British culture around the world. It was established in the […]



Day 117 (31 July): Unexpected Opportunities

Posted on August 1, 2016

Total distance:3025.88 kms/1879.99 miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp The meeting with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee had been a huge encouragement to both Xuelin and I. We were grateful just for the opportunity but later in the day I received an unexpected SMS message saying that one of the slots for the torch relay, No […]



Day 116 (30 July): Cristo Redentor–Nunc Dimittis

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Total distance:3025.88 kms/1879.99 miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp I paused on yesterday’s blog at the point where I set off for the top of Corcovado and the Statue of the Christ. Our route was to take us through the Tijuca Forest National Park and we were accompanied by four park ranger volunteers who all looked ridiculously fit. […]



Day 115 (29 July): Last Day of the Walk. First Day of the Truce?

Posted on July 31, 2016

Our final day was the greatest logistical challenge of the entire walk. I had completed a longer than expected stretch of the walk from the Maracanã to Parque Lage where the finishing ceremony would take place the evening before. We then had to make our way out to Barra around 20KM from the main city […]



Day 114 (28 July): The Last Day–That Might Have Been

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  The final day and the walk in from Nova Iguaçu was something that Xuelin and I spent a lot of time considering the evening before. We had received strong recommendations to use either the BR116 or the BR101 to go into the centre of Rio. The problem was that both routes were 40km plus and would […]



Day 113 (27 July): Video Diary–Arriving into Rio

Posted on July 28, 2016

Daily distance:39.90 kms/24.80 miles Total distance:3000.18 kms/1863.99 miles Daily fund:0.00 gbp+5886.66 cny Total fund:52,804.46 gbp+183,082.34 cny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkMHgSa2hg Editor: Binwei



Day 112 (26 July): Preparing for Rio

Posted on July 26, 2016

Total distance:2960.28 kms/1839.19 miles Daily fund:200.00 gbp+1400.00 cny Totral fund:52,804.46 gbp+177,195.68 cny I am to be found in the breakfast area of our hotel in Nova Iguaçu. It is the only place I get a strong enough Wi-Fi signal to open the blog. It is hot and humid. I am tired and want to go […]



Day 110 (24 July): The ‘high road’ or the ‘low road’?

Posted on July 25, 2016

  We had arrived into Pirai when it was dark so didn’t really get to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings until the morning. We were staying at Casa do Manequinho a small hotel right in the centre. We opened the shutters to see that we overlooked a beautiful river and the town itself was […]



Day 109 (23 July): Our own ‘Torch relay’ from Hangzhou to Brazil

Posted on July 24, 2016

  After a rest day and another peperoni pizza at Sabor & Lenha in Barra Mansa it is time to hit the road again. It is a long stretch down to Pirai so an early start also. The road was twisting and turning and up and down so what seemed like a long trek on […]



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 of […]



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 […]