On this date in history, October 6, 2007, Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. He set off with fellow adventurer Stevie Smith from Greenwich, London and, in all, traveled 46,505 miles, all under his own power. How long did it take Jason Lewis to make this trek?
13 years, 2 months, 6 days.
- Lewis and Smith set off on bicycles from Greenwich, London on 12 July 1994. They cycled across Britain to the coast then pedaled across the English Channel in a wooden pedal boat.
- They then cycled south again across France, then traveled through Spain and Portugal.
- Lewis and Smith crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to the US in the pedal boat.
- Lewis and Smith split up in Florida, and Lewis roller bladed across North America. Struck by a car in Pueblo, Colorado, he spent nine months recovering from two broken legs, returning to the trek in May 1996.
- Lewis and Smith crossed from California to Hawaii in their wooden pedal boat, where Smith ended his journey.
- Lewis continued by pedal boat to Australia. He bicycled through Australia.
- He then kayaked from Australia to Singapore.
- He biked from Singapore to the Himalayas.
- He hiked through the Himalayas.
- He pedaled from Mumbai, India crossing the Indian Ocean to Djibouti.
- He traveled through Ethiopia and Sudan but was denied passage through Egyptian waters by the authorities.
- When his visa for Sudan ran out, he attempted to kayak across Lake Nasser but was arrested on suspicion of spying. He was released but the Egyptian authorities forbade him from mountain-biking the 178 mile journey to Aswan. He completed this section illegally by riding partly at night.
- In July 2007, he reached Syria and then crossed Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, and Belgium before returning to London on October 6th.
Lewis expected the journey to last 3.5 years, but due to the many difficulties he faced, including a bout of depression and a crocodile attack in 2007. the journey extended to a total of 13 years, 2 months, and 6 days.
NET CHECK INs
We had a total of 37 Amateur Radio Operators check into the net tonight. No one got the exact answer but 2 folks came close without going over. Congratulations go to:
- KD6JEV- John
- AF6TT – Leon
who both said 13 years. And a runner’s up trophy to
- VE3GDB – Cameron
who said 13 years, 2-1/2 months. Although close, he went over…
A big Thank You to everyone who checked into our net tonight.