Bushby begins his journey on November 1, 1998 with a few hundred dollars – mostly donations from his mother's co-workers at a Nestlé factory in England – and 100 pounds of gear, including sutures and painkillers, packed into the Beast. Though he initially had the financial and material support of the British army, they rescinded their offer before his departure, fearing bad press if he ended up dead somewhere. Bushby solicited sponsorship from boot and insole makers instead, and asked his father to help coordinate logistics and monitor his trip from home.
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