Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Played around with my iPhone camera, and captured this shot of the shore while the sun was setting in the opposite direction. And while I’m petrified of deep water, I’ll hang where the water meets the land until the tide tells me it’s time to head in ~ πŸŒŠπŸŒ™

Played around with my iPhone camera, and captured this shot of the shore while the sun was setting in the opposite direction. And while I’m petrified of deep water, I’ll hang where the water meets the land until the tide tells me it’s time to head in ~ πŸŒŠπŸŒ™ submitted by /u/britopenandmelt
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