My daily laps on the Milwaukee river trail are about as mundane to post about as they are to run. I did register a new PR on the trail of 1:12:18 yesterday which was mostly due to a fast first few miles of venting frustration. Anyways I thought that it was due time to spot light another epic adventure. So here it is!This adventure captivated many from the very though simply because of the outlandish and bold statement “I am going to sail across the Pacific Ocean on plastic bottles.” Almost any sailing journey in our vast Oceans intrigues me however, this one in particular did because of the pure guts and foresight that David de Rothschild displayed. No one believed he could do it and he proved EVERYONE wrong. After several failed hail designs, where the boat would simply fall apart in the water, three years later they got it right. On March 20, 2010, the sailing vessel set off from San Francisco, California to cross the Pacific Ocean with a crew of six: British skipper Jo Royle, co-skipper David Thompson, expedition diver Olav Heyerdahl, filmmakers Max Jourdan and Vern Moen, and expedition leader David de Rothschild. The 60 foot catamaran partially made from reclaimed post-consumer plastic bottles called the Plastiki. The Plastiki successfully completed its journey to Sydney on 26 July 2010. When reading through David’s story I was fascinated by a few things that truly make him an interesting caricature. He is the youngest heir to a family banking fortune in England. By FORTUNE I mean “a private investment banking company, belonging to the Rothschild family that was founded in the London in 1811 and is now a global firm with 50 offices around the world!” He was the youngest British person to ever reach both geographical poles. One of only 14 people ever to traverse the continent of Antarctica. The following year he lead an expedition to the Ecuador and documented the damage international oil companies had caused my drilling the vast oil reserved in the Ecuadorian rain forest. He was awarded the accolade of “Emerging Explorer” by National Geographic, was appointed an “international ambassador” by NGO Clean Up The World and nominated as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. To say the least the 34-year-old British adventurer, ecologist, and environmentalist has accumulated quite a few epic adventures and has help our planet in many ways through his work.
Wacky Wednesdays Adventure Spotlight! Cycle for water – Bikes through 13 countries to give the gift of clean water!
I wanted to set aside a blog day that would highlight someone else’s epic adventure. I came across cycle for water’s web site while on our own cycling adventure with h2oride.org There were a few things that blew me away about this adventure. One was the route, from Deadhorse, Alaska to the most southern tip of Argentina at Ushuaia. Down what appears to be the west coast of North, Central, and South America.
Joost Notenboom & Michiel Roodenburg started there 18 month bicycle journey on July 4, 2010. Michiel who grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland later graduated as MSc from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, which included a student exchange period spent in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was here where he met his fellow cycling adventurist Joost. Together they explored Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran, traveling by public transportation and meeting fellow students and adventurers along the way. When asked – why cycle for water Michiel replies - ‘when living in the Middle East and Africa I witnessed the importance of clean and readily available water sources. If we don’t act now and contribute, each in our own way, it will be much harder to change the situation later on. Everybody has a right to clean water since it is essential for life to exist. This cycling adventure will be our own personal effort to raise awareness and make a change, however big or small it will turn out.”
Joost Notenboom, after a period of working as a volunteer at the Amakhala Game Reserve in the South African bush – during which he was first confronted with the effects of water shortages on wildlife and local communities – Joost completed a Master of Science degree in management studies from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University with distinction. Pursuing academic interests in sustainability and natural resources management, he wrote his award-winning thesis on transboundary water management in a situation of conflict. When gathering data for this research during a student exchange semester spent in Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, he met up with Michiel and the first outlines for Cycle for Water quickly took form after the two of them traveled to (the dryer parts of) Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iran. When asked for his motivation for Cycle for Water he replies; ‘like most people who I know I never really gave much thought about the water coming out of my tap. It wasn’t until I saw the people in Africa and the Middle East struggling for access to clean and safe water that I began to appreciate my own fortunate situation. My thesis research has furthermore shown me that water can be a sensitive and complicated issue which involves many stakeholders and conflicting points of view. This is why I want to Cycle for Water; to help those people in need at the local level‘.
As you can imagine these guys have a ton of amazing stories packed into there blog. As the team cycles, they’re raising donations for local water projects, “A big part of our efforts is raising donations for local water projects throughout Latin America. In Guatemala we visited an indigenous Kaqchikel community in the moutain village of Xepatan; close to Lake Atitlan. A small NGO, Demotech, is teaching the local people there how to construct and maintain rope pumps built out of nothing more than wood, wire, tin, bictcle spokes, and old car tires,” From building pumps in Guatemala to installing water filters in Columbia. Details about the projects can be found at Cycle for Water’s website. They’re using an open source platform to connect your donation directly to a local project. One has already been funded, another is close but need one last surge to be fully funded. Check out their projects here to see how you can help! I went through all their amazing photos of the trip and picked out a few all my favorites. All photographs are from www.cycleforwater.com