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London2London: Sarah cycles into Russia on day 45

May 16, 2011

British adventurer Sarah Outen set off on a unique expedition around the world on the 1st April and after 45 days has cycled in to Russia.

sarah-outenSo far her expedition has seen Sarah kayak down the Thames and across the English Channel before cycling through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine.

Her 20,000 mile trip will be done using just a kayak, bicycle and rowing boat and will see her cross three continents and row solo across the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Sarah will be the first person to make this trip as nobody has ever tried to row this combination of oceans in a single journey and only two men have even rowed the North Pacific solo.

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Sarah says: “To me, expeditions are all about challenge, discovery and growth  - and I’m happy to say that all three have been met in the first 40 something days of this expedition.”

She added: “The Channel crossing in particular stands out as a real test – we battled with sleep monsters through the night on quite a rough sea. Exhaustion aside, it was beautiful to be out on the water under a sky scape of stars and to land in Calais with the sunrise.

“From France it has been nearly 4000 km of cycling on my trusty bike Hercules, through 8 countries, most of them new to me. I have been challenged by landscapes and languages, extreme heat and extreme cold, and have been buoyed by wildlife, beautiful scenery and the kindness of strangers.”

Sarah still has a long way to go, taking up Hercules, her bicycle, saddle to continue through Russia, Kazakhstan and China before heading back into Russia.

Sarah said: Although  my objective every day is the same – stay safe, stay happy and head East – every day has been different. New challenges, new stories and as I move further East, it feels like a whole new world too. Bring on the rest of it.”

She will then make her crossing to Japan using her kayak, Nelson via the remote island of Sakhalin.

Sarah will then row solo across 5,000 miles of the North Pacific in her boat Gulliver before once again taking up Hercules saddle to cycle the 3,000 miles from Vancouver to New York.

She will then do what no-one before her has attempted, rowing solo across the North Atlantic.

The world’s leading explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, says of her London2London expedition: ’ “Sarah Outen has already demonstrated her skill and determination in her record breaking row across the Indian Ocean.

“London to London via The World is a significantly greater challenge. She will face dangers on a daily basis which only the hardiest could tolerate. But I’m sure she will succeed and confirm that she is an adventurer and expeditioner second to none.”

Her record-breaking endeavour is expected to last two-and-a-half years and, true to the idea of a continuous journey, she will not be coming home in between legs.

You can track Sarah’s journey here

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine

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