It’s nearly noon on a warm June day. I am on the small, tropical Indonesian island I call home. I have water bottles, knee braces, fruit, and a GoPro. In 5 minutes I will start walking. For 24 hours. Nonstop. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I can hear the waves pounding on the beach nearby. I’m not sure what the next day will bring, but there’s no turning back now. Only forward. Soon there is a countdown: 5…4…3….2….1. Then “The Walk” begins.
This whole crazy idea was born two months earlier. I am a professional dive instructor living for the past 7 years in Indonesia. When the pandemic began and borders were closed, I found myself with a lot of free time. I decided to dedicate myself to learning more about my passion: the ocean. In the first four months I attended over 100 ocean and diving related webinars. I enrolled in 4 online marine university courses. I read books, articles, and took diving courses.