Mad and magnificent:. The Briton going round the world by bike, rollerblade and pedalo. In an expedition lasting more than 13 years and spanning around 46,000 miles, Jason Lewis has run, swam and cycled around the world, crossing oceans and seas in a cramped pedal-powered BOAT.
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The Briton going round the world
by bike, rollerblade and pedalo
In an expedition lasting more than 13 years and spanning around 46,000 miles, Jason Lewis has run, swam and cycled around the world, crossing oceans and seas in a cramped pedal-powered BOAT
October 6 2007
and pedalled his way across 46,000 miles across
five continents, two oceans and one sea.
He has been injured, chased by a crocodile, menaced by pirates, and questioned as a suspected spy.
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travelled with Steve Smith, a university friend who first came up with the idea of travelling around the world using only human power.
Back in February 1995, Steve Smith and Jason Lewis completed the first-ever, east-west Atlantic crossing in a pedal boat. During the 111-day voyage to Miami they had a near miss with a trawler, a whale threatened to tip them over, and Jason was washed overboard when their craft capsized.
Other hazards that he faced in the cramped boat included an attack by a 15ft crocodile in Australia. It chased his craft for 100m and pursued Jason up a beach - biting off his paddle blade when he tried to fend it off.
He underwent surgery for two hernias,
nearly died of blood poisoning 1,300 miles
out to sea from Hawaii, stumbled upon a
civil war in the Solomon Islands, suffered
acute altitude sickness while biking over the Himalayas.
With no major sponsor for much of the expedition, Lewis faced a constant battle to raise cash to keep the odyssey going - even working as a cattle drover in the US and in a funeral parlour in Australia.
the good parts
of the journey
more than compensated for his ordeals.
London's Millennium Dome comes into sight on the last leg his global journey up the Thames to Greenwich - a building that didn't even exist when he first set out.
British adventurer Jason Lewis moores his 26-foot yellow pedal craft on the River Thames at the Meridian Line in front of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, from where his expedition began in 1994.
Oct. 6,2007 : Jason Lewis
waves from his 26-foot
yellow pedal craft on the
Thames River at the
Meridian Line at the Royal
Observatory in Greenwich,
Jason Lewis and supporters haul is pedal-powered boat, Moksha,toward the Royal Greenwich Observatory, London, ending his thirteen-year human-powered circumnavigation of the world.
LEWIS TOLD SKY NEWS
TELEVISION JUST AFTER
STEPPING ACROSS THE
MERIDIAN. HE STRUGGLED
FOR WORDS AS HE
DESCRIBED HIS FEELINGS
AT THE CLOSE OF HIS ODYSSEY,
WHICH BROUGHT HIM
AROUND THE WORLD,
POWERED ONLY BY HIS ARMS AND LEGS.
"IT'S BEEN MY LIFE, FOR 13 YEARS, I'VE PUT EVERYTHING INTO THIS,"HE SAID.
On a personal level, Jason says he's got to grips with who he is and gained an insight into diverse cultures - realising that the similarities outweigh the differences between people across the globe.
( BBC Dorset, October 17, 2007)
he planned to rest this weekend before embarking on a career organising "mini-
expeditions" for young people and giving talks about climate change.
( SAWF news)
as "a vehicle for young people to explore the world, an educational tool for the classroom and a way for children from different cultures to make connections with each other." What an amazing vision. I find these guys to be totally inspiring. Anyone who can break free of the herd mentality and do something that no one has done before - with no special gifts, but just using the sheer power of their persons - to me that is genius. In the end, genius is courage. “internet blogger:
education programme, Expedition 360, as Lewis' journey is known, raises funds for children's charities that have inspired him along the way, including an orphanage in East Timor and a home for the poor in Mumbai.
Looking ahead, Lewis says he probably has a book in him and he relishes the chance to put down roots after so many years on the road.
"That's been the hardest part, always saying goodbye... the lack of community and people who know you for more than a few weeks."
(BBC News, October 7, 2007)
It's October 2007 and Jason Lewis has come home.
One chapter of his life is closing and
a new one beginning. And what about you?
What's your great adventure and
what will you be doing over the next 13 years?
Just put on your 2020 vision
and start pedalling! “
- not the
that is important! “
- Said Jason Lewis, 17 days ago
(Mark McClure,Tokyo-based goal mentoring coach and Internet business owner)
Where did his expedition start and end?
Jason Lewis, born 1967 in CatterickUK, is a self-powered Britishcircumnavigator.
In July 2007, he reached Syria and then crossed Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, and Belgium before returning to London on 6 October.
Lewis expected the journey to last 3.5 years, but due to the many difficulties he faced, as mentioned above, the journey extended to 13 years. Other factors of delay were two broken legs, a bout of depression and a crocodile attack.
2. Follow = pursue
3. to evade, elude = dodge
4. to absorb, swallow= immerse
5. bronzed = tanned
6. comprehension = grasp
What does Jason say kept him going?
Why did he have problems with the French authorities?
How does he perceive himself after 13 years?
-BASED ON THE INFORMATION IN THE ARTICLE
- not the
that is important! “
- Said Jason Lewis, 18 days ago