100,000 km Solo World Circumnavigation

In December 2006, I quit the trappings of modern life, liquidated my possessions on eBay, built a bicycle, and embarked on a solo journey to cycle, sail, paddle, and row around the world.

I began with little more than an idea. No itinerary. No timeline. The only certainty was that I wanted to have an adventure and this was the biggest adventure I could think of: an odyssey of 100,000 km across six continents, two oceans, and five seas, bound for some of the most remote and extreme environments on Earth.

I’m at about the halfway point, having crossed Australia, the Indonesian Archipelago, Southeast Asia, Southern China, Japan, the Russian Far East, Northern China, Mongolia, Siberia, Western Russia, and Scandinavia. Ahead is Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Americas, and the Pacific Ocean.

Like any worthwhile adventure, I’ve gotten what I bargained for. I’ve been robbed, suffered malaria, ventured through the conflict zone in southern Thailand, crossed the Gobi Desert in summer, and endured two bitter Russian winters. And along the way I’ve been invited into the lives of extraordinary people, and had a glimpse of the world that otherwise I could never have known.

This is my record of the journey: journals, thoughts, recordings, and pictures.

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