Around the world trip down to 100 000?km

2015-04-11 00:00

THERE are still more than 100 000 km left to go for ­Pietermaritzburg’s Angelo Wilkie-Page, who is gearing up for the second leg of his worldwide journey.

In his attempt to shatter records by circumnavigating the world twice, from north to south and east to west using only his own strength, Wilkie-Page has completed the first leg of his “Expedition720” journey and is getting set for the next chapter.

The 29-year-old ex-Carter High School pupil arrived at Fairbanks, Alaska on March 22 after travelling about 6 250 km from Los Angeles on his bike.

Taking four months to get there, Wilkie-Page said he traversed temperatures ranging between -25 and -45 degrees Celsius.

“I had a few mechanical problems and a major breakdown on the foot of the Northern Rocky Mountains,” Wilkie-Page said.

Now, back home in Pietermaritzburg, Wilkie-Page said he has begun his training ahead of the second of eight legs in the expedition which starts on June 15.

The second leg is one of the longest and most challenging at almost 20 000 km.

Wilkie-Page will travel alone in an ocean kayak from Anchorage in Alaska to Magadan in Russia.

He will then have to cycle west to Mongolia and Kazakhstan, then entering Europe through Turkey, and all the way to the finishing point in Lisbon, Portugal.

Wilkie-Page expects this leg to take about 385 days.

“I’m going to be doing some white-river rafting training, some flat-river paddling at Midmar Dam and will spend a lot of time at the gym to prepare,” he said.

During the eight-year ­expedition, Wilkie-Page will be using a bicycle and an ocean kayak to cross more than 48 countries with a total distance of around 115 000 km.

He will row and paddle across four oceans and nine seas as well as cross five of the world’s largest deserts.

Redbull rated this as the number one toughest circumnavigation of all time.

The expedition joined with Heifer International to try to raise over $1 million (R11 million) to feed over 10 000 people from impoverished communities in South Africa, and teach them how to sustain themselves indefinitely.


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