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Anyone know anything about James Thomas and his adventure.

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1. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru, 1368 posts) 8 Mar '13 05:15

Not been on here for awhile. Yes i know Gretchen, Peter and Sam will punish me later.
But i was just trawling through the people i follow on Twitter and came across someone i follow called James Thomas.

This is the information from his website

James Thomas is a photographer, filmmaker and aspiring adventurer. In January 2012, James began his epic adventure, where he will be walking from Edinburgh in Scotland to Dunedin in New Zealand, kitted up and ready with his Mountain Buggy terrain. This expedition would take him across 3 Continents, through 15 Countries over 2 years and 12,000 miles. Along the way he would be photographing and documenting his amazing journey as he also attempts to raise £1,000,000 for the Worlds leading children's charity, UNICEF

However he last posted on Facebook and Twitter saying he was in Istanbul on 1st August 2012 and then nothing.

His website http://www.justgoingforastroll.com/ no longer works and the only stories are he was deported from Turkey due to visa issues.

Anyone heard of anything or know anything???

Very strange that not even his family or him have spoken out. Ok it must be annoying if you fail for one reason or another but people who fail still tell their story. Especially when money is concerned ie alleged fundraising.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 12 Mar '13 05:01

I don't know anything about this guy, but I'm intrigued now! I assume you've tried google searches and nothing has come up?

3. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru, 1368 posts) 13 Mar '13 05:53

Ive researched Google abit and found nothing.

According to a Facebook page some people have been digging deeper.
The company that provided his buggy know nothing about what happened to him.

Someone went to the Unicef office in Istanbul and they have never seen him even though he last mentioned he was there.

4. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru, 1368 posts) 13 Mar '13 05:56

Someone else posted this on Facebook

Last we heard, James was back home in Ireland. I believe he was deported from Turkey due to some visa issues. All I can really say is we know he is safe and we are all extremely proud of what he accomplished even though he did not reach his ultimate goal. His journey inspired so many of us for over 7 months. James, if you're listening we love you man!

So what i cannot understand is why Unicef know nothing. Why the people that provided his mountain buggy know nothing and why James and his family have said nothing.

So what if he failed. That doesnt mean you dont explain to all the thousands of people that were following you and donated to a charity.

5. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru, 1368 posts) 14 Mar '13 16:10

Someone ive been speaking to on Facebook posted this

something is definitely not round here. As time goes without any news heard, one or both of those options appear to be going from possible to probable. Details like not responding family members, his websites taken down well before domain expiration don't really help me to get convinced about James is being well and "busy fundraising to continue his trip" as someone claims. I wonder how effective fundraising totally offline can be... Also, I didn't know him well, but from the 3-4 times we met I didn't get the impression of a crybaby who would mentally collapse and retire if stopped on the journey because of paper issues on the border. And talking about papers, someone is preparing a two years journey and he doesn't check what papers are required to enter a country? Not looking very probable.