Sunday, October 07, 2007

A new record - around the world in 13 years, by muscle power alone

Jason Lewis's journey is almost better defined by the mishaps than by its scale. It almost came to a premature end when he was pursued by a salt water crocodile in Australia and again after he was knocked over by an elderly driver as he rollerbladed across the US and almost lost a leg.

He was questioned as a spy in north Africa and has dodged more pirates and bandits than he cares to mention.

No yacht for him when he crossed oceans and seas - that feat was achieved in a cramped and battered pedal-powered boat.

And it is in that craft, after an expedition spanning 13 years, two months and 23 days that Lewis yesterday crossed the meridian line at Greenwich in south-east London and become the first person to circumnavigate the world using only the power of his own muscles.

Jason's website is here.

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