Saturday, October 6, 2007

British adventurer Jason Lewis completes circumnavigation

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British adventurer Jason Lewis(centre), 40, pulls his 26-foot yellow pedal craft from the River Thamesto the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London Saturday Oct. 6, 2007, from where his expedition began in July 1994.

Lewis finally came home, completing a 13 year, two months, 23 days and 11 hours - 46,000 mile (74,000 kilometer) human-powered circumnavigationof the globe. He was hit by a car in Colorado, capsized in the Atlantic, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, arrested as a suspected spy in Egypt, and survived illness and periods of despair.

"I'm overwhelmed," Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs — on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates.

"It's been my life, for 13 years, I've put everything into this," he said. "To be honest I didn't know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed."

Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues. He has already raised $66,000 for causes ranging from an orphanage in East Timor to kindergartens in Bangkok. [Quoted from Yahoo News]




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