April 15, 2008
Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat...By Bicycle
Larry Lagarde, of Ride This Bike, sends me a great heads up about a grand adventure in which bicycles are playing an important part:
A Canadian husband and wife team are going on a 6,500 km human powered expedition from Scotland through Europe to Turkey and onto Syria.
For transportation, they will use 2 row boats.
When they need to portage or if the seas are too dangerous, they'll tow the row boats with folding bikes and trailers that are otherwise stored on board.
The team is composed of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Colin (the first person to circumnavigate the globe only by human power) and Julie Angus (the only woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland).
Starting from the northernmost tip of Scotland, the pair will row south in the open sea in two, custom built, single person row boats designed by Colin.
A unique component of the expedition is the School Rowed Trip, an interactive and free program that promotes physical activity by challenging school aged children to match Julie and Colin’s physical output.
Educators and students are invited to participate in the initiative and over 20,000 students are already involved.
Colin and Julie seek to inspire youth to embrace active living, environmental stewardship, and rediscover the outdoors.
By the way, the bicycles being used during the Rowed Trip are full size folding mountain bikes from RideTHISbike.com.
Colin is riding a flat black SwissBike LX.
Julie is riding a baby blue Montague CX.
The bike trailers have been specially fabricated by Tony's Trailers.
At the end of each day, the two rowboats will be lashed together into a catamaran using the frames from the bike trailers to form a platform for a tent.
The Official Website, with Journal Updates, and more, is ROWED TRIP: A Journey By Oar From Scotland To The Middle East.
Regular updates about the trip will also be available at RideTHISbike.com.
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