Man has always wanted to know his world. Bold travelers traveled to the very edge of the world, not even knowing what there is. Researchers turned the notion of our planet, proving that it is round.
And today, with the development of space technologies, there are no white spots left on the earth. You can learn about distant lands from the Internet or on TV.
Nevertheless, new cities and countries beckon to the person. Traveling is so interesting! Many people also do this in a very unusual way. Below is a story about the strangest travels.
2600 kilometers on the lap.
In 1978, finally ended the journey of the 39-year-old Baptist priest Hans Mulikin. This distance he overcame to the White House from his city Marshall, that in Texas. In order not to damage his legs during such an unusual journey, he wrapped them in fur and protected them with steel strips. In the hands of the priest held the axle with wheels of different diameters. This helped him to compensate for the slope of the road to the roadside. The whole road was passed by Hans on all fours. The journey ended on November 22, 1978. Everything about the priest was needed for two and a half years. Arriving at the White House, Mulikin asked for an audience with Jimmy Carter, who was President of the country at that time. But the guards rejected it, stating that the First Person was busy. Then Hans turned to reporters, saying that the government of the country wants the inclined heads of the population and stay on their knees in anticipation of mercy. Such a denouement was quite predictable, rarely when presidents really think about the fate of their people. On the ATV around the world.
Travel around the world on cars no one can surprise. The Australian Ben Carlin decided to go around the planet on his improved jeep-amphibian. He went on the road with his wife in 1950, but the spouse did not endure a tiring journey, having left the distance after three-fourths of the way in India. Ben continued his journey alone, completing it in 1958. The journey started and ended as a result in Canadian Montreal. And the length of the whole route was 62 thousand kilometers by land and as many as 17 thousand kilometers by water.
41115 kilometers together with a wheelbarrow.
David Baird decided to cross the entire Australian continent with the wheelbarrow. The way through the mainland took 112 days, during this time the traveler overcame 4,115 kilometers. Such a marathon 65-year-old man has done to raise funds for studying the problems of prostate and breast cancer. Baird himself does not have such problems and he looks great, even though he ran a hundred-marathon distance with the car for 112 days. Every day the traveler traveled for 10-12 hours. During the journey, he was able to visit 70 cities, whose inhabitants donated $ 20,000 for a good purpose. Here is a charitable unusual journey.
Round the world trip on foot.
The English runner Robert Garside is also known as a “running man”. The Guinness book of records officially gave him evidence that he was the first to tell the world tour by running. Robert made several unsuccessful attempts, starting from Cape Town, South Africa, and from London. In the end, the journey that began and ended in Indian New Delhi was completed. The start took place on October 20, 1997, and Robert spent almost the entire journey for almost 5 years, finishing on June 13, 2003. The fact that a person made a round-the-world race without the use of technical means, caused a lot of gossip among the press and competitors. That is why representatives of the famous Book of Records checked the reliability of the record for a long time and thoroughly, studying all the facts connected with its commission. As a result, only a few years later an honorary document was issued to the runner. Interestingly, when David made his run, he updated the information on his journey on the site runningman.org. Helped him in this pocket computer.The runner talked about everything that happened to him along the way. And this story turned out to be quite rich. There are also attacks of hooligans, imprisonment, difficult acclimatization. During his travel, Garside slept in a variety of places, from elite five-star hotels and ending with cameras of police stations. The traveler collected 120 thousand pounds in the form of voluntary donations from strangers to him. In prison, he was because of improperly issued papers allowing entry into the country. David during the journey was able to even find his love – a girl Endrina Perez from Venezuela. The whole journey lasted a long 2062 days, during which 48 thousand kilometers were overcome. Robert visited the territory of 29 countries, visiting 6 continents. To run around the world, the traveler used 50 pairs of sneakers. Yet it remains unclear how the Englishman crossed the oceans. Probably, he continued to run, settling in the passenger cabin of the liner. Perhaps this is how he compensated for the extent of the obstacle in the form of the ocean.
On foot from China to Germany.
When Christoph Rehage celebrated his birthday in 2007, he decided to present himself with an unusual gift – a hiking trip. He studied in Beijing, the capital of China, and the student decided to reach his home in the German city of Bad Nenndorf. The walk promised to be interesting. Making such a trip, Christophe took many photos and even created an accelerated video of his journey. As a result, the 4000 kilometers traveled fit into a five-minute video. There you can first see a neat, shaven young man, he gradually begins to grow stubble, and around him the landscape changes. The desert of the Gobi, the mountains, the road flashes. And the traveler himself goes and goes. Around him, landscapes changed, people came and went, and he continued his journey. To pass only through China, Christophe took a whole year. He finally realized that it was simply beyond his power to implement his plan. But even to pass these 4800 kilometers turned out to be a real feat, so this journey causes only respect.
Water trip around the world in 16 years.
On October 18, 2009, 16-year-old Jessica Watson went on a round-the-world trip. The highlight of it is that all the way will be done independently and on the water. The girl became the youngest circumnavigator around the world, who made such a difficult journey alone. The journey was nonstop and without replenishment. Jessica was born and raised in Australian Queensland. When she arrived home on May 15, 2010, she immediately became famous there. The rights to its photo and video materials were bought by Rupert Murdoch himself, having laid out for this an impressive sum. Jessica decided to single-handedly turn around the Earth when she turned 12. It would be curious to know the reaction of the parents to such a statement. However, the dream all the same was carried out! True, the first attempt, September 9, was unsuccessful – the very first night after going to sea the girl’s yacht collided with a large cargo ship. She had to postpone the start for a month.
13 thousand kilometers back to front.
Planny Vingo began his journey towards Istanbul on April 15, 1931. The whole road took in the end a year and a half and ended on October 24, 1932. At that time, the traveler turned 36 years old. Unusual in this journey was that it was done backwards! It can be assumed that, even crossing the ocean, men walked along the deck in this form, winding up the necessary kilometers. In order not to turn off his head, the traveler was forced to make himself periscope glasses with mirrors. This helped him to overcome for the day about 30-35 kilometers. Let and a little, but every day for a year and a half and all this – backwards.
3000 kilometers on stilts.
In 1891, Sylvain Dornon, born in French Landes, decided to overcome the whole of Europe in an unusual way.He went to Moscow from Paris on stilts! The journey began on March 12th. On the day Dornon passed up to 60 kilometers, what kind of tests he was waiting for on the way – one can only guess. The whole road in 2945 kilometers took about 2 months. Those who believe that this is not difficult, you can advise to pass on stilts at least a kilometer.
From Africa to Greenland.
It would seem, what could an African be interested in a snow-covered giant island? Tete-Michel Cromassie was born in Togo in 1941. When he was still a child, he survived the attack of a huge python. The father, wishing to save his son from the consequences of the attack of the snake, directed him to the priests of the python cult who live in dense jungles. There the boy was really cured and even ordained to the priests. For the next 6 years he lived in the jungle right in the midst of the snakes, not at all intimidated by them. In these places, Cromassi accidentally found a children’s book, in which it was about Greenland. The boy was simply fascinated by a distant country, where there is no forest, no snakes. Cromassi decided that he needed to get there. The road took as long as 12 years. All this time the traveler did not stay in the same place for more than six months, working literally only for food and a roof over his head. He crossed West Africa and got to Europe. Already from there Cromassi by boat in the mid-60s finally got to the destination – Greenland. During the trip, Michel closely studied the languages of those peoples with whom he communicated. He became a good listener and turned out to be an excellent storyteller, an interesting person. His story Cromassi set out in 1977 in the book “From Africa to Greenland”, released in France. Expedition “Kon-Tiki”.
Prior to the expedition, Heyerdahl and five other travelers – Knut Haugland, Bengt Danielsson, Erik Hesselberg, Turstein Robu and Hermann Watzinger – arrived in Peru, where a pa-pae raft was constructed of balsa wood and other natural materials, which they called “Kon-Tiki” . By swimming on the “Kon-Tiki” they were pushed by ancient chronicles and drawings of Spanish conquistadors depicting the Inca rafts, as well as local legends and archaeological evidence that suggested that there could be contacts between South America and Polynesia. On August 7, 1947, after 101 days of navigation, Kon-Tiki, which overcame 4300 nautical miles (8000 km) in the Pacific, arrived at the reef of the Raroia atoll of the Tuamotu Islands. Kon-Tiki demonstrated that a primitive raft, using the current of Humboldt and tailwind, could indeed relatively easily and safely swim the Pacific Ocean in a western direction. Thanks to the system of keels and sails, the raft proved its high maneuverability. In addition, between the two balsa logs in a fairly large number of fish accumulated, and this suggests that the ancient seafarers could use it to quench hunger, and the evaporation of water on the sail allowed you to overcome thirst in the absence of other sources of fresh water. Inspired by swimming “Kon-Tiki”, and others repeated this journey on their rafts. Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” book has been translated into 66 languages. A documentary about the expedition, shot by Heyerdahl during the voyage, was awarded the Oscar in 1951.