She left London on 1st April in her kayak and on schedule, resting only when the tide was against her. 65 hours after leaving Tower Bridge, and after a pitch dark and scary crossing, she reached the shores of Calais. “Arrived on the beach in Calais 65hrs after leaving Tower Bridge. Stage 1 complete. Happy days,” said Sarah on Twitter.
This was the first leg of Sarah Outen’s London2London expedition that will take her around the globe by kayak, bicycle and rowing boat. She will cover 20,000 miles before paddling under Tower Bridge again.
And into this inky nightmare went the 2 little kayaks.
But they did it. They successfully crossed the 21 nautical miles in 10 hours.
“Battled with sleep monsters, big seas, tide & cold to make it to France. Scary, starry, satisfying,” twittered Sarah.
She will now cycle across Europe to Russia and, as closely as possible, her round the world journey will follow this course:
- London to France by kayak: 102 nautical miles
- France to Russia by bike: 7,800 miles
- Russia to Japan by bike and kayak: 1,100 miles
- Japan to Canada by rowing boat: 4,300 nautical miles
- Canada to Nova Scotia by bike and kayak: 3,000 miles
- North Atlantic Ocean to UK by rowing boat: 2,500 nautical miles
- UK landing point to Thames Bridge, London, by kayak and bike
It is anticipated that the expedition will take two and a half years… You can follow her on Twitter at SarahOuten. The following video highlights other aspects of this extremely complex and possibly hazardous endeavour: