THE TRUTH IS, I probably shouldn’t be here. Events happened last year that conspired to nearly rob me of my life. Inches I tell you. Inches. Things happened. Bad things. I had signed up for the famed Mongol Rally; an arduous trek across 10,000 miles of desert, treacherous mountain ranges, and inhospitable territory. All attempted in a car that only your granny would be proud of.
The aim was to drive from England to Mongolia. The reality was that I found myself lying on a hospital bed in a distant land. A broken collarbone and bruised ego in tow. Violent car crashes can do that to you. I never did reach Mongolia. My adventure ended on a Romanian road. My life, did not.
This year I’m trying again. Something inside just won’t give up. I guess I’m still chasing the sense of adventure lost on that dusty Romanian road. The sense of accomplishment. The daring. The cultures. The people. Life awaits. Adventure awaits. Mongolia awaits.
The 2012 Mongol Rally will see me visit 18 countries. Connect with hundreds of diverse people and drive thousands of miles. I’ve teamed up with Firstbook, and for every mile I drive I’ll be donating a book to an underprivileged child. Every mile is a book. Every book is a window into hope. Hope that a child will be inspired to live a full life. Hope that a child can grow up one day and yearn to see the world. Experiencing life. Experiencing adventure. Living outside of their box.
As I make my trek across a third of the world’s surface, I’ll be blogging and sending back videos daily. When (not if) I reach my destination of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, this man’s life will be changed for the better in some small way. And hopefully the 10,000 books will have a powerful effect on 10,000 kids. Here’s to hope, my friends.
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Leon Logothetis is a world traveler, an author and a fun loving television host.Over the past few years, he has starred in a number of TV series, including three seasons of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, which aired on the National Geographic Channel. He has also been featured on the popular MTV series MADE and on Discovery Europe’s travel show Destination Future. Leon has been featured in dozens of news outlets, including CNN, Fox News, BBC, and many more. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, Psychology Today, and pens a blog on the Huffington Post. Leon currently resides in Los Angeles, C.A., with his beloved Boston terrier, Winston Churchill. For more information, or to contact Leon, please visit: www.leonlogothetis.com