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With flights grounded and borders closed, some individuals have actually started legendary trips to get house during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, we take a look at 4 such journeys – and the ranges travelled just get longer and longer.

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Annabel Symes: 1,600 km (1,000 miles)

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Annabel Symes’ journey consisted of a half-day horseride.

The 19- year-old had actually prepared to return house at the end of the summertime season and had only jam-packed light clothes.

Growing increasingly nervous, she called the UK Foreign Office, who organised a method for her to take a trip the more than 1,600 km to Buenos Aires airport, where she could get a flight house.

” The horse part was the least frightening,” she told The Argus newspaper after returning house.

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Kleon Papadimitriou: 3,200 km

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Kleon Papadimitriou stated he invites “huge difficulties”.

Kleon arrived home in late June, where he was greeted by family, pals, acquaintances and strangers who had heard about his trip.

He stated the journey taught him that he is “capable of a lot more … than I believed” and is now much better able to deal with stressful circumstances.

However he plans to make the return journey back to Aberdeen in September by airplane.

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Garry Crothers: 6,500 km

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Garry Crothers stated being an amputee made the journey much more challenging.

Garry Crothers was identified not to miss his youngest daughter’s wedding event, so when flights were grounded he decided to make the 6,500 km journey home by sailing solo throughout the Atlantic.

Garry had been sailing around the Caribbean on his boat, Kind of Blue, because early 2019, with loved ones joining him at different points along the method.

He was due to fly home to Northern Ireland at the end of March, in a lot of time to see his youngest child marry in September.

But when coronavirus hit, the 64- year-old found himself stuck on his boat in Sint Maarten, with no obvious way to go out.

As lockdown procedures continued into April and typhoon season approached, he started designing a strategy to get back home, concluding that the only way to do it was to cruise solo.

While a journey across the Atlantic with no crew might sound daunting enough, Garry faced the added challenge of doing it with just one arm, having had actually the other cut off following a motorcycle mishap.

” Cruising long distance, single-handed is an obstacle for anyone, even those with two arms. You need to prepare well, have a contingency plan for every contingency,” he said.

Among the most significant obstacles of the 37- day trip was discovering time to prepare and consume.

” Since I was on my own, any down time was invested taking a look at weather patterns, cutting sails, altering course as needed, keeping look out for other vessels and naturally trying to catch some sleep,” he stated.

” My greatest fear was of becoming so tired that I would start making mistakes. Simply one bad judgement call might likely be my last.”

While the journey included battles such as cold weather and “intense electric storms”, Garry took pleasure in seeing shooting stars and seeing whales and dolphins.

But the best emphasize “was the complete satisfaction that originated from conquering my impairment enough to accomplish something that I ‘d constantly wanted to do.”

When he arrived on dry land in July, he was welcomed by good friends, family and advocates.

He now has about 2 months before his child’s wedding. The household are still hopeful that it will proceed, even if the guest list has to be cut down.

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Juan Manuel Ballestero: 11,000 km

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Argentine sailor Juan Manuel Ballestero stated it was “objective accomplished” after making it house to his moms and dads.

With his daddy about to turn 90, he was identified to make it home, so boarded his modest 9m boat and set sail.

” I thought the finest way to reach house was sailing in a straight line in the middle of the ocean to avoid getting contaminated in another country,” he informed the BBC’s Newsday.

The 47- year-old experienced sailor believed the trans-Atlantic journey might take between 60 and 80 days.

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Marco Bitran
Husband and father of two children under age 5, Marco also enjoys walks in nature, squash, running road races, and photography. He regularly contributes significant time and resources to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the MSPCA and other animal rights organizations, and the Bitran Charitable Foundation. Marco has also volunteered and consulted for public housing support organizations such as the Somerville Homeless Coalition, created by the local community’s grassroots response to the social crisis of homelessness.