8:00pm – Wednesday, September 1 on ABC2
After mourning the loss of his father, Australian adventurer Tim Cope returns to continue his journey and now has to face the greatest physical challenge – crossing the highest peaks of the Carpathian Mountains. Beyond them lies the Danube River, which represents the end of the Eurasian steppe and the very edge of the nomad world.
After crossing the high ridge, Tim continues across the high plains where he loses his way, but meets a group of toughened, young sheep-milking boys. The friendliness among these mountain people is in contrast to the reception Tim receives in the villages near the border of Hungary. In a land where there is more grass that he has seen on his journey, no one is prepared to give him hay or let his horses graze.
After a bureaucratic battle on the border, Tim is welcomed by some Hungarian horsemen who escort him to the Danube and put him up in a traditional yurt tent.
At the Danube Tim’s journey is finally over – this is the end of the steppe and the end of the nomad world. The first crossing of the steppe on horseback in modern times has caught the attention of the world media, and ambassadors from Australia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia line up to greet Tim for an emotional finale.
Tim has learnt to measure his experience by the hundreds of friends he has made along the way, and is now a different man than he was when he began three and a half years earlier having set off with an impossible dream.