Think you and your dog are best friends? Well Tom Turcich and his pooch Savannah are also travel companions. Tom, who's from New Jersey, was inspired to walk across all seven continents after a close friend died. While in Texas, he adopted Savannah.
"After spending nearly every minute of every day with her, she's definitely my best bud," Tom says. "She walks every mile with me and always has energy left over at the end of the day."
Unfortunately, after more than 700 days on the road, Tom was sidelined by a bacterial infection. He's now on antibiotics and has no plans to stop his "World Walk," he's just postponing it.
"The World Walk is still all I think about," he wrote on Instagram. "It took me eight years from the idea’s conception to taking the journey’s first steps. So a few month illness is nothing more than a painful, unwanted detour."
It’s been far too long. Sorry for not updating you sooner. I didn’t want to bog you down with the mundane while I’m not on the road. After some procedures last Friday, I finally know what’s put me out of commission these past few months. Besides giving me excruciating pain and causing me to drop thirty-five pounds, a nasty bacteria I picked up turned itself into a fungus in my esophagus, an infection in my intestine, and colitis. About a month back some antibiotics knocked out the bacteria and now some new meds are helping fight back the fungus and colitis. Still, it’ll be a few more months at a minimum until I can get back on the road (I should probably weigh more than a hundred-thirty pounds and be able to hold down food consistently). This year hasn’t gone to plan, but The World Walk is still all I think about. It took me eight years from the idea’s conception to taking the journey’s first steps. So a few month illness is nothing more than a painful, unwanted detour. In the meantime, I have photos I took for @Google back in Scotland which I finally have permission to post so I’ll have some fresh photos for you while I try and put some weight back on. Hope all is well, appreciate your support, and can’t wait to get back at it! #theworldwalk #scotland #travel #savannahtww #teampixel