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Old 3 Oct 2007
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Thumbs up Truly RTW in 14 years

Got to hand it to this guy:-

CBBC Newsround | World | Man home after 13-year adventure

He has gone RTW by his own power alone; cycles, inline skates for the USA, swimming, pedalling boats; you name it, he has tried it. The only rule was to use his own strength in place of motors.

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Seems he also has a web site:

Expedition 360 - A Human Powered Circumavigation
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Great Stuff !

Wow, this is great stuff. I'm glad to see that people are pushing the limits of travel all the time.
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Well spotted!

I am still getting used to the idea behind this news item.
It would seem that not many, if any, of the RTW motorbike riders have actually been "round the world" - see the definitions of "circumnavigation".

Does any motorcyclist (still) claim to have gone around the world? Does HU have a definition for RTW? - does it want one?
As ever, the answer to one question leads to many more questions.

Anyway, fair play to this guy!!
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Still dreaming of my rtw. I now realise that I am slightly limited to the number of possible antipodes that I can get to by motorbike. Generally it seems to be either the southern end of South America/Far East or New Zealand (North Island)/Spain.

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Well spotted!

I am still getting used to the idea behind this news item.
It would seem that not many, if any, of the RTW motorbike riders have actually been "round the world" - see the definitions of "circumnavigation".

Does any motorcyclist (still) claim to have gone around the world? Does HU have a definition for RTW? - does it want one?
As ever, the answer to one question leads to many more questions.

Anyway, fair play to this guy!!

Well, we ARE motorcyclists and until we invent a floating or flying moto, it's impossible to meet those definitions of circumnavigation. It's still accurate to claim you gone around the world if you have (longest land route possible etc.)
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Wow!

You gotta admire someone like that.......
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for me the definition of going round the world is to cross every longitudes and cross the equator. Thats it. I dont care about antipodes. Why should I ? I went around and thats what I currently try.
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Thumbs up Finishing line in sight

He finishes today, by crossing the Prime Meridian at Greenwich where he started 13+ years ago.
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for me the definition of going round the world is to cross every longitudes and cross the equator. Thats it. I dont care about antipodes. Why should I ? I went around and thats what I currently try.
well, if you were to put up a tent on the north ( or south pole) and walk around it that would be half done. All you need then is get to the equator.

One thing though, kind of proves the point you dont need 100hp to get around.
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Not a bad day to be English and take pride in this guy's achievement.

Another achievement at a certain game in Marseilles today.
If you do not understand, ask an Aussie !

But this guy wins hands down - as does another.

There is another Englishman walking back home from the southernmost point of South America and now somewhere in Russia. He got to Alaska, walked across the ice to Russia where he was famously arrested for failing to register at an official entry point ! So far he has done 17,000 miles. Goliath Expedition
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Well, we ARE motorcyclists and until we invent a floating or flying moto, it's impossible to meet those definitions of circumnavigation. It's still accurate to claim you gone around the world if you have (longest land route possible etc.)
It comes down to trying to define "RTW" and circumnavigation; very few do the latter; arguably it is more difficult and it is certainly associated with setting records - I imagine that is why the definition had to be invented; see OldBMWs last post for one way of doing a RTW.

IIRC, Nick Sanders used antipodean locations in Spain and New Zealand, so it is certainly possible to do a circumnavigation by bike. However, the locations have to be a bit limited compared with travelling on water, because there is a lack of land mass in the southern hemisphere.
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IIRC, Nick Sanders used antipodean locations in Spain and New Zealand, so it is certainly possible to do a circumnavigation by bike. However, the locations have to be a bit limited compared with travelling on water, because there is a lack of land mass in the southern hemisphere.
If you get to put the bike on a boat or plane when there is water to cross (as Nick Saunders surely did when leaving NZ), then it is easy to meet any definition you like
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