Jason Lewis 13 years after - North to the Thames

Posted: Oct 05, 2007 04:09 am EDT

(TheOceans.net) Jason and his friends are adding the names of 1,868 supporters of the expedition who will have their names in vinyl lettering on Moksha's hull forever. "It'll be good to have them all on board for the finish," Jason wrote in one of his final dispatches. Thursday morning the expedition was scheduled to continue up the coast to Gravesend, using the flood tide to start the final run up the River Thames to Greenwich.

The Royal Observatory on Saturday

Jason Lewis has been undertaking the circumnavigation for the last 13 years and is due to arrive at Greenwich at 10am on Saturday. The UK Patron for Expedition 360, Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO who had christened and launched Jasons Moksha boat in 1994, will meet Jason Lewis at the Greenwich Meridian line to witness Jasons completion of the first ever human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

The Duke will attend the event at the Royal Observatory on Saturday 6th October, following the Moksha boats crossing of the Greenwich Meridian Line.

Since departing the Greenwich Meridian Line in 1994, Jason Lewis has traveled around the entire planet - without wind or motor assistance, at times pedaling a one-of-a-kind boat 'Moksha' (liberation in Sanskrit) across the world's oceans.

On August 18, 2000, Lewis became the first in history to pedal across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco in the US to Port Douglas, Australia - 178 days and 8,000 nautical miles. In 1994, original pedaling partner Steve Smith and Jason Lewis completed the first East-West crossing of the Atlantic by pedal power. A year later Lewis crossed the USA on roller blades.

After crossing SE Asia to India, the final leg started with a 2,200-mile crossing of the Indian Ocean to Djibouti on the horn of Africa, which Jason has just completed together with Indian friend Sher Dhillon.

The adventure then continued with Jason riding a bicycle across Ethiopia and Sudan. He smuggled into Egypt by kayaking across Lake Nasser. Caught by Egyptian authorities and accused of espionage a last minute crossing permission by the countrys authorities has spared him a 40-year prison sentence. Next Lewis, again accompanied by Sher, managed to avoid police on their bicycle trip to Cairo.

Following stages saw Jason crossing the Middle East. Finally he crossed Europe westwards, to finish in Greenwich (London). The expedition is expected to be completed on October 6th.

To fund his adventure, Jason has worked his way from cattle driving in Colorado to working in a funeral parlor in Australia. In his ultra-light luggage, Jason carries a video camera recorder, a lap top and a Bgan satellite modem to do daily dispatches whatever the circumstances and also 3 minute videos.


Jason Lewis has been undertaking the the first ever human-powered circumnavigation of the globe for the last 13 years and is due to arrive at Greenwich at 10am on Saturday. Image courtesy of the expedition website.