By Fred Garth

There are lots of ways to bring awareness to the amount of carbon we use when we travel. One way is to travel around the world using only human pedal power. Such is the story of Jason Lewis, a Brit who can claim to be the first human to travel around the world using only human power.

Jason Lewis & supporters haul Moksha to the Royal Greenwich Observatory London

Jason Lewis & supporters haul Moksha to the Royal Greenwich Observatory London

So how did Jason Lewis travel across the sea? By paddle boat – or a version of it. Rather than the plastic paddle boats you see in resorts, Lewis’s version called Moksha (a Sanskrit word meaning spiritual release) was a 26-foot long wooden boat designed and constructed by Exeter Maritime Museum in Devon, England and launched on the Thames in London in January of 1994. The journey was actually started by two men, Steve Smith and Jason Lewis, who are filled with adventurous spirit. While many of us stay at home and watch TV or play partypoker they embarked on this journey to raise awareness.

Most of the land journey was undertaken by bicycle, although they did occasionally travel by foot and even in-line skates, and Lewis did make some of his journeys by kayak (including the Sea of Cortez, 30 nautical miles from the Australian mainland to the gap in the Great Barrier Reef, and 3,000 miles by bike and kayak through the Indonesian archipelago). Most of the sea journeys were accomplished aboard the Moksha.

The route was long and grueling including 111 days to pedal across the Atlantic from Lagos, Portugal to Miami, Florida. After three attempts to traverses the Pacific, firstly starting from Peru, then Honduras and again in California, they finally make the 53 day journey from San Francisco to Hawaii where Steve Smith decided to leave the project. It then took 73 days to pedal from the big island of Hawaii to Tarawa, and then to another small island, Tulagi, and finally to Australia. The last major ocean voyage in Jason’s journey was the 2,000 miles from Mumbai, India to Djibouti, Africa across the Arabian sea, he then had to cycle across Africa and then boat pedal from Holland to London.

The journey took a total of 13 years to complete.

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