8:00pm – Wednesday, August 25 on ABC2
With his three horses and dog, Tigon, Tim Cope has now travelled more than 7,000 kilometres across Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Crimea into mainland Ukraine.
Facing his third winter and with just 2,000 kilometres to Hungary, it seemed that he was finally on the home run until he received tragic news from Australia. His world shattered, Tim leaves his horses with a local man and flies back to Australia. Tim is faced with a dilemma: to stay with his family or return to complete the journey. After four months he makes the painful decision to return.
For support, Tim draws on what he has learnt among the nomads about the importance of family and the transience of life. From here on it will be a journey of recovery as he tries to rediscover meaning and inspiration and confront the loneliest part of the journey. As spring dawns and his horses are brought back to health, meetings with a 96-year-old babushka and an eccentric mayor begin to lift Tim’s spirits.
Tim crosses the first ridge in the Carpathian Mountains and descends into the world of the semi-nomadic Hutsul people where he is mentored by a seven foot priest called Ivan. He’s invited as an honoured guest to a festival to celebrate the migration of the Hutsuls to the high mountain pastures. Next, Tim must face his own crossing of the highest ridges of the Carpathians. Given a holy blessing by Ivan, Tim heads off in the face of a fierce storm knowing that the most dangerous challenge lies ahead.