The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

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Flight 22) Entebbe – Kilimanjaro

Taking off from Entebbe and heading out over Lake Victoria, the thunder storms were in the distance to the north still raging. The lake looked beautiful as I flew east towards Kilimanjaro. I have heard of many people trekking up Kilimanjaro and thought this would be a fantastic thing to do myself. So much so that I would easy add this to my personal bucket list.

As I travelled over the planes of Africa I tried to keep an eye peeled for any animal life roaming below. Although the simulator does allow for wild animals, unfortunately I didn’t see a thing. The majority of the terrain during the flight was pretty flat, all except for 2 large peaks rising from the African floor. One being mounts Kilimanjaro and the other, Mount Meru. I took my plane up to Kilimanjaro and spent an extra hour circling the summit in an attempt to gain altitude. My Beech Baron 58 simply wasn’t up to the task and although getting pretty close and doing 3 complete laps, I never managed to get the summit below my wings. In honesty this just added to the impressive nature of such a large mountain of 19,341 ft above sea level.

Simply to get my own view from the top of a “mountain” I climbed the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh as way to bring a little bit more reality to the trip. At 1900 ft, this excursion cannot even be compared to Kilimanjaro 5 day trek.

After watching videos online of other people who have reached the summit, I have only increased my desire to climb Kilimanjaro myself. If anybody wishes to sponsor me, I jump at the chance to arrange this and make sure the any funds go to an extremely worthy cause.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, to the roof of Africa Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqIimgMK8Wc

Kilimanjaro, to the roof of Africa Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuzyTBfr5bw

Kilimanjaro, to the roof of Africa Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JtEXpXIyhg

Highly recommended – Jessica Smith’s Video diary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpgmK4KWgpY

Student Adventures, Kilimanjaro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRCLAI6xSK8