Walking From Beijing to London
Next year (if this crowd-funding campaign works according to plan), I am going to be walking from Beijing, China, to London, England, whilst self-producing a documentary and writing a book about my life on the road. The journey will take 3-5 years. Please help!
My name is Michael Lee Johnson. I am 28 years of age and I am just a normal person like you.
I go to work each day. I shower. I shave (when I can bothered). I eat. I drink. I wake-up by the sound of an alarm-clock, always worrying about whether or not I will be late. I love cheesecake (who doesn’t?). I have sex. I masturbate. I do things I shouldn’t from time to time. I have fun. I get upset. I cry. I get angry. I am probably no different than you, in fact, I am probably exactly like you. Always looking to better myself, always looking to get ahead.
I am from a small town in the middle of nowhere that nobody has ever heard of. I am a loner, a lone-wolf. A compassionate-soul. Someone that just wants to live his childhood dream and walk from one side of the world to another, 15,000km from Beijing, China, to London, England. Record a documentary and write a book about his journey. Do something and become someone. – That’s not so bad, is it?
Ever since I was younger, I wanted to do something special. Real special. Some people go backpacking across Europe or travel the American West by train. Other people head to Australia or Bangkok, and sometimes even Spain. I ended up doing what most people do – going to school, getting a job, and getting stuck in life. A life that I didn’t like, but became accustomed to. It’s a good job, it pays the bills, but I felt like I would have to give up my dream of an incredible journey – my childhood dream. I was actually getting to where I was OK with it. Where I was ready to give up on my dream and not follow through.
Lots of people have to give up their dreams and settle for the life they fall into. A job they don’t like, but do anyway. – No longer can I do that. I need to follow my dream. My heart. I need to go. Unfortunately I will have to quit my job and say my goodbyes, and this journey could literally kill me… So I may possibly never seen any of my friends or family again, but I have to. I just have to. I have waited far too long as it is. I am going to bring my dream to life and let the whole world dream with me. (Well… as long as this crowd-funding campaign works, that is). **Fingers Crossed**
On Friday July 26th 2013 at 2:15pm, I
should/will be leaving my friends and family behind, quitting my job and boarding a flight from London to Beijing with the intention of never returning back to the United Kingdom by anything else other than by foot. Upon arrival in Beijing and after a good nights sleep, I will then begin my journey home (on my own and completely on foot). – All whilst writing a book and self-producing a micro-documentary about my life on the road to freedom.
15,000km, alone and unaided. From one side of the world to another. An adventure of a lifetime. A walk of salvation. A psychical and mental endurance test like no other.
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There are multiple deserts and mountains for me to cross over and walk around. Plenty of people that speak languages I don’t understand (bearing in mind I only speak English). Some of the areas get insanely-hot in the summer (I am fair-skinned and will probably boil and get 2nd degree burns), and so stupidly-cold (we’re talking like -40o bollocks-freezing cold here).
My entire journey will be tracked via GPS and plotted on to Google maps. You will be able to see where I am at any given moment in time. Through the use of 3G networks, multiple wireless HD camera’s and a lightweight laptop, I hope to be able to live stream some of my journey, as well as recording HD-quality videos and taking photographs every step of the way.
Cool, right? Well, sort of… Unfortunately I have one slight problem. MONEY. I won’t be able to do any of this without YOUR help.
My mum once taught me that if I ever needed help, I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it. Well my fellow netizens, this is that time… I am calling upon the good people of the internet, my friends, followers and my family, to help me when I need it the most. – Now. Today. Right this second. Can you help?
I need your money, I won’t lie, but I would like to give you something in return, something cool, unique and not available elsewhere. I am not the type of guy to expect something for nothing, so I have devised this technological-masterpiece to be able to give you a reward in return for you generosity. This isn’t no regular or ordinary type of fund-raising campaign. I ACTUALLY WANT TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING IN RETURN FOR YOUR MONEY! You won’t find that anywhere else! Keep on reading…
If you take a glance over to the right hand side, you will be able to see a list of reward types relative to the amount of money you can pledge towards my freedom. Please select the reward you would like to claim and then click on the ‘Fund My Freedom’ button and follow the instructions. Simple, Right? All of the rewards will be delivered after I complete my walk unless stated otherwise.
What do I need your money for?
Self producing a documentary and walking from Beijing to London isn’t exactly going to be cheap, nor easy. Things such as accommodation costs and visa costs. Video Cameras. Web hosting. Food & Water. Flight costs. Possible bribes. Camera equipment. TB’s worth of cloud storage, SD cards (LOTS OF THEM), 3-5 years worth of unlimited bandwidth 3G internet. A lightweight and more compact laptop than my current. All terrain clothing. Equipment/gear. 20/30 pairs of shoes and socks. Medical bills. Insurance. Brand development. Production costs. The list is never ending, right? It would be definitely a lot cheaper to just take a flight, that’s for sure! But what would be the point in that?
What do you get in return?
The ability to follow me from Beijing to London (sometimes live and on-location). To help fund my dream. My freedom. My book. My Documentary. To take part in a monumental event set to go down in history! The satisfaction of knowing you helped someone from nowhere, go somewhere and become someone. Bragging-rights. – And most importantly… My Friendship! Oh, and not to mention your super-duper reward of course. What more could you ask for? You can even have my soul if you pay me enough! How about that for a deal?
The Book & Micro-documentary – More Information…
The book and micro-documentary will be about my 15,000km journey from Beijing to London. My adventure. My quest. My Dream. My life on the road to freedom from my bedroom to Beijing and back. The suffering and pain I endure. The loneliness and misery I go through. The happiness. The good times. The GREAT times. The high and low times.
The book will be fully illustrated and packed-to-the-brim with photographs and stories of all the wonderful people and places I see, delivered cross platform to every device humanly possible in a whole range of languages. Alongside having a special hardcover edition only available for the people that pledge money towards my journey… As a sort of THANK YOU! If you will.
The micro-documentary will be a complementary addition to the book. Motivational. Thought provoking and completely INSPIRATIONAL (Hopefully aHa)… 3-5 years will go into the production of the DVD. Blood, sweat and tears will make it worth watching. The video will be about my entire life and the pain I endure on the road to FREEDOM and how you can do the same to escape from your job and live your dream (obviously without having to walk the 15,000km across multiple countries).
Why should you pledge your money?
If you do happen to pledge some money towards my entire journey, it would be greatly appreciated. I know times are tough at the moment due to the crazy recession and all, but I am requesting this help out of desperate times, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I am attempting to appeal towards your good-will. Your humanity. Every single penny of your money would be well spent, allowing me to complete my walk and claim my freedom. Write a book and produce a documentary. You will be forever a friend. A true lifesaver. A WONDERFULLY AMAZING HUMAN BEING! Ok… I’ll stop kissing arse now, but really, I am just like you and I need a little bit of financial help from people just like me. If you help me bring my dream to life, the whole world can dream with me.
What happens if you raise more money than you need?
If I raise more money than I need it will go towards setting up a weekly web t.v series entitled ‘On Foot to Freedom’ and a complimentary iPhone, iPad and Android App allowing exclusive behind the scenes footage and content unavailable elsewhere to be downloaded on demand.
There are always going to be risk factors in giving money to strangers on the internet, or someone who may potentially die from his craziness/stupidity. But if I make it back alive. I will deliver on my promises… And YES, I do expect to make it back alive by the way. A few leopards, snakes and hungry bears are not going to stop me from claiming my freedom. I have planned and trained for this walk for along time now. I know I am capable. I am ready. I can do this. I just need a little bit of help and this is my way of asking YOU for help.
Chief Tea-Drinker & Full-time Freedom Walker