The mother of all adventures

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I have a lot of dreams and goals in life. I figure I'll do some of them, just dream about others. I'll list them, in decreasing probability, for you to see and hold me to over the years:

  • Bike the rail-trail from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. (planned for summer '08)
  • Hike, Rim - to - Rim - to - Rim in the Grand Canyon (i.e. round trip)
  • Through-hike, in one season, the Appalachian Trail
  • Find a geocache in all 50 of the United States
  • Bike across America (there used to be a "race")
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp (unwilling to sacrifice fingers & toes, so ascending to the summit is highly unnecessary)
  • Visit the South Pole
  • Visit the North Pole

I'm sure I have others in there, some of which I can't put into a public blog...

That said, I've always been an admirer of adventurers and explorers. Maybe it started with learning of Magellen in elementary school. Maybe it's stirred by one of my favorite movies, The Right Stuff. I loved Jules Verne and Homer's The Odyssey.

We have watched Michael Palin's (yes, of Monty Python fame) travel series, which started on the BBC and are shown here in the colonies on PBS, with great pleasure and anticipation. His first series was "Around the World in 80 days" - in which he traveled around the world in about 78 or 79 days. It was an incredibly journey to watch unfold on television, documentary style.

So I'm fascinated about circumnavigational travel. I think much along the lines of through-hiking the AT, it would be ultra-cool to take a few months and circumnavigate the world. So much so that I think I'll add that to my list now:

  • Circumnavigate the world

But I believe Jason Lewis has raised the bar for my future journey. He did it entirely with human power! Yeah, we're talking walking, roller blading, biking on land. Pedal boats and Kayak's on water. How freakishly incredible. Took him 13 years to complete the trip during which he was nearly killed multiple times and arrested a few as well.

As with my Everest dreams, I believe I'll keep the basic goal in my list and skip the added effort of doing this people-powered. Anyone up for joining me?

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