At last report Tim had crossed the river Dniepr in Kherson Oblast of the Ukraine and had arrived in Nikolaiv. The going was made hard due to unseasonal storms classed as mini hurricanes. These brought extremely heavy downpours that soaked all of his gear as if it had been thrown into a swimming pool.
On Friday of last week he arrived in the city of Nikolaiv and was invited to a horse stud. This became a big problem though when a local vet got so worried by Tim's presence that he called the veterinary police. Tim was taken to the head office and was threatened to have his animals confiscated. However after analyis of documents and a call to Kiev it was in fact decided that his documents were in order and that he had permission to ride to the border with Hungary.
The unfortunate outcome of this though is that the agency is now looking at action in punishing the owner of the horse farm which is based on government land for allowing Tim entry 'without permission from the Ukrainian Veterinary Department.'
As the crow flies there is now less than 1000km to Budapest, but as Tim explains, every inch has to be travelled, and in these parts the issue is bureaucracy, and not so much lack of pasture and water.
Trail of Ghenghis Khan on ABC2 in July Film series airs in europe Tim returns to Mongolia An update on the book...and TIGON! The journey becomes a TV doco series Tigon at home in Australia Tim gives lecture about Mongolia trek Tim's reunion with Tigon Journey update July '08 Links to media reports Tim Featured on Discovery Channel (2/7/08) Tim's Journey grand finale Trail of honour through Hungary… (5/9/07) The final summit push across the border to Hungary! (5/8/07) Tim has crossed the border into Hungary! Border preparations, Tigon puts an ear in the works...(14/7/07) The Hungarian plains almost in sight! (3/7/07) Rakhiv to Meszgori: traversing polonino life in the high Carpathians (19/6/07) Chorna Gora mountains and a rush of hutsul colour: Dumaniv, yaroslav, king of Bilche Zoloti, to the hutsuls in the Carpathians. (23/5/07) Sledi to Dumaniv in Xmelitskaya oblast (6/5/07) Back in the saddle in Vinnitskaya Province (23/4/07) Horse Shoeing in Kodima 16/04/2007 Return to Kodima (6/4/07) Preparing to continue the journey (14/3/07) Special new coffee table book ready to order through Tim's site! Tim returns to Australia to mourn the tragic death of his father, Andrew Cope (27/11/06) Nikolaiv to Szherebkovo- into third winter & wilds of southern Ukraine (9/11/06) Back with the horses in the Ukraine (19/10/2006) A Whirlwind Australian Visit for the Aus Geo Awards (6/10/06) Tim Flown in for 'Adventurer of the Year Award' in Sydney! (24/09/06) Tim crosses the Dniepr River and reaches Nikolaiv (4/9/06) Khans Palace, Market conflict out of control (21/8/06) Arrival at the capital of the Crimean Khanate, tatar-Russian violence(15/8/06) Crimean mountains & forest, an alcoholic companion, onto alpine pastures & heart of Tatars (1/8/06) Calling in from the highland nomad pastures of the Crimean Mountains (19/7/06) Australian Geographic Offers Additional Support to see Tim to Hungary (30/7/06) Eastern Crimea- misbehaving stallion, Tatar from Samarkand, Dolphins, Steppe (1/6/06) An unplanned Crimean stop-over, ancient port, kicked dog (19/6/06) Into the Aral Sands (8/6/05) Pushing towards the Caspian Sea (5/7/05) Scrape with bridge, Syr Darya, Space Rockets…(30/5/05) Final hoofsteps Tim Honored in Washington DC by National Geographic! (17/11/07) Tim's Journey a Cover Feature in Australian Geographic Journal (12/1/08) Presentation about journey open to public in Sydney on 26/8/08 Tim gives presentation in Canberra Tim To give presentation at Montreal International Film Festival 22-25th October PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS IN PERTH & MARGARET RIVER TUE 11TH NOV, SUN 16TH Tigon touches down in Australia! (12/11/08)