I've mentioned my friend Erden Eruc here before. He is in the midst of an around-the-world, self-propelled journey that will include summit attempts on the highest peak on each of six continents. He will do it by foot, bike, and ocean-going rowing boat.
The boat he bought has been already been rowed across the Atlantic twice. This afternoon, he put it in the water here in Seattle for the first time, and I had the good fortune of being able to go out with him on it on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Here is a picture in the mid-Atlantic from two of its former owners:
I rowed in college, and he let me row for a bit. It was amazing. I can't even begin to imagine rowing in the open ocean the way he intends to, but sitting in the boat, pulling on the oars, I found myself feeling inspired.
Erden has already bicycled from Seattle to Alaska (in the winter, no less), climbed Mt. McKinley, and bicycled back. He then proceeded to bicycle from Seattle to Miami. He is now back in Seattle, training and working on the boat, and will take the boat to Miami in November after hurricane season.
From there, he will row south through the Caribbean and over to the Pacific, where he will point for landfall in Ecuador. From there, he will bicycle to the approach to Aconcagua, South America's highest peak, climb that, and bicycle back to where he left the boat.
From there, he will point his boat west and row across the Pacific. You can see the rest of his plans here.
Erden has founded a non-profit called Around-n-Over to create online educational content for kids based on his journey. The focus is on Education, Inspiration, and Achievement. I'm on the board. If you feel inspired to support Around-n-Over's efforts, you will find some ways to do so here.
It is truly amazing and inspiring to have people around me who are up to their eyeballs in big dreams.