Travel Around the World
Erden Eruç has been rowing across the Pacific Ocean in a 23-foot-long (7-meter) boat (about the length of three cars) since he left California on July 10, 2012. He has been heading for Australia with only birds, fish, and sharks for company ever since.
Crossing the Pacific is only part of his journey. Eruç has decided to circumnavigate (go all the way around) the world using only his own energy. Oh, and his plan includes climbing the tallest mountain peak on six of the continents along the way, to honor the memory of a fellow climber.
Eruç will row, bike, walk, and climb the world without help from any motors at all.
For the first leg of his trip, he bicycled 5,546 miles (8925.44 kilometers) from Seattle, Washington to Mount McKinley in Alaska and back, walked 67 miles (107.8 kilometers) to base camp, and climbed 20,320 feet (6194 meters) to McKinley's peak. Now in the second part of his adventure, he is rowing to Australia.
Why would he try to complete a difficult and yet tremendous goal like going around the world this way? He explains that he wants to inspire kids to dream their dreams and reach their own goals. He wants to show kids that there might be tough parts along the way, and sometimes they might not even reach that final goal. But they can have great adventures and learn a lot along the way.
As a solo traveler, Eruç has already faced some disappointments and challenges. For example, because he has to row about 10 hours a day, he brought along an MP3 player to listen to music, books, and studies Spanish to pass the time. Unfortunately, the daily tropical rain for several months has forced him to keep his MP3 player packed away where it's safe and dry.
Not only that, but the wind and waves keep pushing him west when he wants to go south toward the Solomon Islands. Unlike big ships with powerful engines, his rowboat and arm power are not strong enough for the winds. If his luck doesn't change, he will have to...