New Zealander Robert Thomson started a cycling journey from Japan across the Eurasian continent on July 2006.
Nothing special I hear you say; There is ‘heaps’ of people cycling around one or a couple of continents. Yes indeed.
However, Robert’s trip became quite different when, in Switzerland on the 25th of June 2007, almost a year since he set out from Japan on his recumbent bicycle, he sent his bicycle home and started out again on a longboard skateboard.
He ended up successfully doing what had never been attempted before: skateboarding solo and unassisted across Europe, North America, and China. On the 28th of September 2008 he arrived in Shanghai after skating just over 12,000km (7,500 miles) smashing the world record long-distance skateboarding. The previous record was a mere 5,800km.
Robert documented his journey thoroughly, spending countless hours every day recording and sharing his journey while on the road. Every day is accounted for on his website, in text, photos, and video. Check out his page and relive his kickass jourrney on 14degrees.org