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Andy Pardy arrives at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall after the first 1,522 kilometres of his epic journey. Photo: Andy Pardy

Brit Andy Pardy quit his job to undertake an epic odyssey across Europe in order to write Stop Brexit with the resulting GPS route. Having recently concluded his more than 35,000-kilometre journey across 27 European nations, The Local caught up again with The rogue consultant and his ode to freedom of movement.

When we last spoke to Andy Pardy, he was in Greece and about to continue driving north, a route that would eventually spell the word Brexit when displayed on a map with GPS coordinates.

“For the letter X I drove from Mt Olympus to Berlin, then onto the outskirts of Warsaw and back down into the Croatian mountains,” Pardy, now back in the UK, told The Local. The X alone required a 3,036-kilometre drive.

Pardy had already driven the route that would spell the word Stop through the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the ..

Andy Pardy arrives at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall after the first 1,522 kilometres of his epic journey. Photo: Andy Pardy

Brit Andy Pardy quit his job to undertake an epic odyssey across Europe in order to write Stop Brexit with the resulting GPS route. Having recently concluded his more than 35,000-kilometre journey across 27 European nations, The Local caught up again with The rogue consultant and his ode to freedom of movement.

When we last spoke to Andy Pardy, he was in Greece and about to continue driving north, a route that would eventually spell the word Brexit when displayed on a map with GPS coordinates.

“For the letter X I drove from Mt Olympus to Berlin, then onto the outskirts of Warsaw and back down into the Croatian mountains,” Pardy, now back in the UK, told The Local. The X alone required a 3,036-kilometre drive.

Pardy had already driven the route that would spell the word Stop through the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Baltic states.

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Editor's note: Obviously the EU's freedom of movement is about a lot more than cross-border travel, which for Britons might soon mean more paperwork. Make sure to sign up for our Europe & You newsletter for a weekly digest of what's at stake as Britain gets closer to the exit.

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The curious story of why this British management consultant decided to throw in his job in the UK and undertake a last European tour, armed with nothing but a Volkswagen van, a GPS tracker and a passion for Europe, has captivated the minds of media worldwide.

“After the Brexit vote I felt powerless. I haven't been able to participate or assist and I just wanted to do something,” Pardy told The Local in September this year.

So Pardy decided to traverse the continent he has known since he was a child (he grew up in Germany) for what he labelled a last European tour to highlight the privilege that is freedom of movement.

The man with a van, who was joined by his girlfriend Katy for the latter part of the journey, saw mountain ranges in Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Spain and Croatia, “so it was nice to see Mt. Blanc, Europes highest peak,” says Pardy. Katy was subjected to equivalent beauty. Her three-day birthday trip took in Lake Bled in Slovenia, Lake Iseo in Italy and Chamonix at the feet of Mt Blanc.

Yet the highlights were so many, says Pardy. Romania was “a hidden gem”; mountain ranges in Slovenia and Croatia revealed landscapes Pardy “had never imagined”; Scandinavia was full of charm too. He even managed to stop in Munich for Oktoberfest.

Pardy is the captain of the story although his van may well be the unsung hero. “It never broke down and never didnt start,” says Pardy, even though the vehicle covered more than 900 kilometres on rough roads on tough days.

Pardys journey took him through most of Europes mountain ranges. “I feel like I know Europe better,” says Pardy, who has criss-crossed 26-EU nations in the last three months, with some understatement. “I thought I knew Europe. Seeing some of the farthest-flung corners has shown me what Europe has to offer. Even though we dont know to what extent freedom of movement will be curtailed, it is very clear what we stand to lose,” adds Pardy, whose journey has filled more than nine pages of Google with media clips, including this Arte documentary.

His journey may appear inherently political but Pardy says more than anything it was personal. “It wasnt to stir division,” says Pardy, who has received hundreds, if not thousands of messages of support along his route. Despite sleeping in a tin van and living on a diet of tin cans, Pardy says every corner of Europe was worth it.

Would he be willing to do it again if hed made a typo? “I would do it all again tomorrow,” says Pardy, adding the caveat that hed like to top up on fresh fruit and a few good nights of sleep before ever trying such an odyssey again.

And the main lesson learnt? “The adventure has highlighted what is at stake,” says Pardy.

You can learn more about Andys journey on his Instagram account.

After 27 countries, 35,000 km and 45 stress-free EU border crossings, my Last European Tour is finally complete ???? • I have created a piece of #GPSart that covers 18,231.7km and spells two words; STOP BREXIT. The full route and gps records can be found attached (or at LocaToWeb.com – Search The Rogue Consultant) • Europe has exceeded all expectations. The support and kindness of all those met along the way, as well as the 1000s of messages received online has been mind-blowing. Thank you all ? • The right to explore as well as live and work abroad, without tiresome red tape, is an immense privilege. As it stands, the ability to freely access and roam our fellow EU member states makes us incredibly fortunate. For me, this adventure has highlighted what is at stake. • Ive got a huge backlog of photos and videos to process and complete over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for blog updates! Im also in the process of calculating and offsetting my CO2 emissions. • The final list of countries (in order of first entry) is as follows: UK ➡ Republic of Ireland ➡ France ➡ Belgium ➡ Netherlands ➡ Germany ➡ Denmark ➡ Sweden ➡ Norway (non-EU) ➡ Finland ➡ Estonia ➡ Latvia ➡ Lithuania ➡ Poland ➡ Slovakia ➡ Hungary ➡ Romania ➡ Bulgaria ➡ Greece ➡ Austria ➡ Czech Republic ➡ Slovenia ➡ Croatia ➡ Italy ➡ Luxembourg ➡ Spain ➡ Portugal #StopBrexit ??❤?

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Sheep producers across western NSW are being encouraged to participate in an online survey that investigates vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep.

Former Peak Hill resident and current Charles Sturt University student, Kayla Kopp, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies.

Ms Kopp's PhD at Charles Sturt's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and sheep producers are being asked to take part in the survey.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and participants remain anonymous.

The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production.

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Three women from the Margaret River region's wine industry have been invited to New York City for the Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday September 17.

Finalists from the region include Vanya Cullen – who has once again been nominated for a Winemaker of the Year award – making it the second time she has received such an accolade this year.

Also nominated in the Australian Women in Wines Awards were Howard Parks marketing officer Rebecca Love and Clairault Streicker cellar door person Ulrika Larsson.

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Andy Pardy arrives at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall after the first 1,522 kilometres of his epic journey. Photo: Andy Pardy

Brit Andy Pardy quit his job to undertake an epic odyssey across Europe in order to write Stop Brexit with the resulting GPS route. Having recently concluded his more than 35,000-kilometre journey across 27 European nations, The Local caught up again with The rogue consultant and his ode to freedom of movement.

When we last spoke to Andy Pardy, he was in Greece and about to continue driving north, a route that would eventually spell the word Brexit when displayed on a map with GPS coordinates.

“For the letter X I drove from Mt Olympus to Berlin, then onto the outskirts of Warsaw and back down into the Croatian mountains,” Pardy, now back in the UK, told The Local. The X alone required a 3,036-kilometre drive.

Pardy had already driven the route that would spell the word Stop through the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the ..

Andy Pardy arrives at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall after the first 1,522 kilometres of his epic journey. Photo: Andy Pardy

Brit Andy Pardy quit his job to undertake an epic odyssey across Europe in order to write Stop Brexit with the resulting GPS route. Having recently concluded his more than 35,000-kilometre journey across 27 European nations, The Local caught up again with The rogue consultant and his ode to freedom of movement.

When we last spoke to Andy Pardy, he was in Greece and about to continue driving north, a route that would eventually spell the word Brexit when displayed on a map with GPS coordinates.

“For the letter X I drove from Mt Olympus to Berlin, then onto the outskirts of Warsaw and back down into the Croatian mountains,” Pardy, now back in the UK, told The Local. The X alone required a 3,036-kilometre drive.

Pardy had already driven the route that would spell the word Stop through the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Baltic states.

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Editor's note: Obviously the EU's freedom of movement is about a lot more than cross-border travel, which for Britons might soon mean more paperwork. Make sure to sign up for our Europe & You newsletter for a weekly digest of what's at stake as Britain gets closer to the exit.

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The curious story of why this British management consultant decided to throw in his job in the UK and undertake a last European tour, armed with nothing but a Volkswagen van, a GPS tracker and a passion for Europe, has captivated the minds of media worldwide.

“After the Brexit vote I felt powerless. I haven't been able to participate or assist and I just wanted to do something,” Pardy told The Local in September this year.

So Pardy decided to traverse the continent he has known since he was a child (he grew up in Germany) for what he labelled a last European tour to highlight the privilege that is freedom of movement.

The man with a van, who was joined by his girlfriend Katy for the latter part of the journey, saw mountain ranges in Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Spain and Croatia, “so it was nice to see Mt. Blanc, Europes highest peak,” says Pardy. Katy was subjected to equivalent beauty. Her three-day birthday trip took in Lake Bled in Slovenia, Lake Iseo in Italy and Chamonix at the feet of Mt Blanc.

Yet the highlights were so many, says Pardy. Romania was “a hidden gem”; mountain ranges in Slovenia and Croatia revealed landscapes Pardy “had never imagined”; Scandinavia was full of charm too. He even managed to stop in Munich for Oktoberfest.

Pardy is the captain of the story although his van may well be the unsung hero. “It never broke down and never didnt start,” says Pardy, even though the vehicle covered more than 900 kilometres on rough roads on tough days.

Pardys journey took him through most of Europes mountain ranges. “I feel like I know Europe better,” says Pardy, who has criss-crossed 26-EU nations in the last three months, with some understatement. “I thought I knew Europe. Seeing some of the farthest-flung corners has shown me what Europe has to offer. Even though we dont know to what extent freedom of movement will be curtailed, it is very clear what we stand to lose,” adds Pardy, whose journey has filled more than nine pages of Google with media clips, including this Arte documentary.

His journey may appear inherently political but Pardy says more than anything it was personal. “It wasnt to stir division,” says Pardy, who has received hundreds, if not thousands of messages of support along his route. Despite sleeping in a tin van and living on a diet of tin cans, Pardy says every corner of Europe was worth it.

Would he be willing to do it again if hed made a typo? “I would do it all again tomorrow,” says Pardy, adding the caveat that hed like to top up on fresh fruit and a few good nights of sleep before ever trying such an odyssey again.

And the main lesson learnt? “The adventure has highlighted what is at stake,” says Pardy.

You can learn more about Andys journey on his Instagram account.

After 27 countries, 35,000 km and 45 stress-free EU border crossings, my Last European Tour is finally complete ???? • I have created a piece of #GPSart that covers 18,231.7km and spells two words; STOP BREXIT. The full route and gps records can be found attached (or at LocaToWeb.com – Search The Rogue Consultant) • Europe has exceeded all expectations. The support and kindness of all those met along the way, as well as the 1000s of messages received online has been mind-blowing. Thank you all ? • The right to explore as well as live and work abroad, without tiresome red tape, is an immense privilege. As it stands, the ability to freely access and roam our fellow EU member states makes us incredibly fortunate. For me, this adventure has highlighted what is at stake. • Ive got a huge backlog of photos and videos to process and complete over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for blog updates! Im also in the process of calculating and offsetting my CO2 emissions. • The final list of countries (in order of first entry) is as follows: UK ➡ Republic of Ireland ➡ France ➡ Belgium ➡ Netherlands ➡ Germany ➡ Denmark ➡ Sweden ➡ Norway (non-EU) ➡ Finland ➡ Estonia ➡ Latvia ➡ Lithuania ➡ Poland ➡ Slovakia ➡ Hungary ➡ Romania ➡ Bulgaria ➡ Greece ➡ Austria ➡ Czech Republic ➡ Slovenia ➡ Croatia ➡ Italy ➡ Luxembourg ➡ Spain ➡ Portugal #StopBrexit ??❤?

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Sheep producers across western NSW are being encouraged to participate in an online survey that investigates vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep.

Former Peak Hill resident and current Charles Sturt University student, Kayla Kopp, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies.

Ms Kopp's PhD at Charles Sturt's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and sheep producers are being asked to take part in the survey.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and participants remain anonymous.

The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production.

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Three women from the Margaret River region's wine industry have been invited to New York City for the Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday September 17.

Finalists from the region include Vanya Cullen – who has once again been nominated for a Winemaker of the Year award – making it the second time she has received such an accolade this year.

Also nominated in the Australian Women in Wines Awards were Howard Parks marketing officer Rebecca Love and Clairault Streicker cellar door person Ulrika Larsson.

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