Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 | 4:02 p.m.
Former British paratrooper Karl Bushby, who started his walk around the world in November 1998, will reach Las Vegas in mid- to late October as part of the 3,000-mile segment across America — from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, Karl was 200 miles into his U.S. trek and getting ready to begin the frightening stroll across Death Valley in California. Before entering Death Valley to cross the Mojave Desert, Karl will stock up on a 2 1/2 day-supply of liter water bottles to get him through that part of the trek.
Over the past 15 years, 44-year-old Karl has logged 20,000 miles covering South and North America, and after his journey here along the Strip will continue the remaining 16,000 miles through Asia and Europe for the next five years.
The first stretch of his amazing 36,000-mile global hike, nicknamed “The Goliath Expedition,” was from the southern tip of Chile back to his hometown of Hull, England. He became the first person in recorded history to cross the Bering Strait on foot.
To date, Karl has passed through more than a dozen countries over deserts, mountains and jungles and has withstood battle-blistering heat and bone-chilling cold. When he reaches Washington, D.C., he hopes to persuade the Russian Embassy to allow him back into Siberia to continue the European leg.
You can follow Karl’s extraordinary undertaking at Bushby3000.com and via Twitter @Bushby3000. He travels with only 100 pounds of supplies in a two-wheel handcart he calls “The Beast.” Karl has had narrow brushes with everything from crocodiles to near-starvation to drug terrorists and wound up spending 71 days in jail in two countries for visa violations.
“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and producer Jordan Tappis are documenting the story for a cable TV special, and I’ll talk with them in advance of their arrival here; I will walk a little ways for my interview with Karl.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.