Want to be inspired? Listen to this interview with Erden Eruc, who is leaving from San Francisco next week to row—singlehandedly—across the Pacific Ocean to Brisbane, Australia. “Born in Cyprus, and a Turkish citizen, Eruc is a longtime U.S. resident who has dreamed of a human powered, self-propelled journey around the world since 1997.”

Sounds crazy, right? Don’t jump to conclusions. Eruc has already:

  • Bicycled 5,546 miles roundtrip from Seattle to Alaska
  • Climbed 20,320-foot-high Mt. McKinley (Denali)
  • Bicycled 3,980 miles from Seattle to Miami
  • Rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean between the Canary Islands and Guadeloupe

In fact, he has covered more than 13,000 miles to date by human power. When I spoke with Erden, he was trying to bulk up, explaining that it takes an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 calories a day to row his 23-foot ocean-going craft. (That’s some diet!) Listen to the interview to find out how Erden manages to pack in all those calories, how he sleeps while at sea, what happens if he encounters high seas, what he expects will happen to his legs after ten months of sitting (no walking at sea!), how a sea anchor works (no, it doesn’t reach two miles to the bottom of the ocean), how he financed the expedition, and—most important—why he’s taking on such an immense challenge.

For more information, go to Erden’s website, Around-n-Over and sign up to receive dispatch alerts.


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