Sarah Outen was rowing somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 2009 when she decided to go on a longer journey. "I wanted more of it," she said in a recent email. "And I wanted to experience that same human-powered pace on land too." Not long after, she became the first woman to row across that ocean. Last year, she started a two-and-a-half-year journey to bike, kayak, and row from London to London. We emailed her, 404 days into her quest, to see how things were going.
April 1, 2011, to Autumn 2013.
From London to London. So far, I have kayaked and cycled 11,000 miles from London to Choshi, Japan. With my kayak, Nelson, I traveled from London's Tower Bridge down the Thames and across the English Channel to France. I then jumped on my bike, Hercules, and cycled through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Russia’s wild Far East. For the final leg of this part of the journey, I used Nelson and Hercules to paddle and cycle my way over 1,000 miles to Japan via the remote island of Sakhalin. I over-wintered in Japan and am now waiting for a gap in the weather to let me start my solo ocean row from Japan to Canada—about 4,500 nautical miles.