Back in January and February, when this project seemed virtual rather than real, I spent many long days and nights sending emails to football clubs, newspapers and TV companies informing each and all about the project.
Some replied saying - nice, but we are not interested. Most never replied.
It got to be rather demoralising at times. Not only did I begin to question if I was crazy to hitchbike from Kenya, but I also wondered whether all my emailing and letter writing was a complete and utter waste of time.
Today was the day I realised that some of my letter writing has paid off:
I have just found out that Italy's biggest football paper, Gazeta dello Sport, is giving me a 2-page feature. And one of my mates, Daniel, has sent me an email saying that he read a one-page feature about my journey in Metro (the UK's third biggest paper by circulation) this morning on his way to work.
Added to this, two TV channels have also been in contact in the last 24 hours, and want to meet prior to the World Cup.
It just shows that sometimes hard work does pay off...it just takes time to get the results.