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Four years on, a global expedition nears the end for female British adventurer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 02:21

Adventurer Sarah Outen takes on the last leg of her global expedition. Sharon Reich reports.

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Adventurer Sarah Outen is catching her breath in New York City, before she takes on the last leg of her self-powered trek around the globe. After four years of cycling, kayaking and rowing, Outen has covered more than 20,000 miles. Now, it looks like the end is finally in sight. SOUNDBITE: British adventurer Sarah Outen saying (English): "I'm excited for the end. I'll be sad when it's all over but kind of really happy that it's happened. But still trying to keep focused on the task at hand." The London2London trek has been physically and emotionally demanding for Outen. It began on April 1, 2011 when she left Tower Bridge in London and kayaked to France. From there, she cycled 11,000 miles across Europe ... and then it was back into the kayak to paddle from Russia to Japan. From there rowed her boat across the Pacific Ocean headed for Alaska. The journey came to an abrupt halt when the boat was hit by a tropical storm and Outen was rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard. The challenge didn't stop her. In September of 2013 Outen headed back to sea, and rowed for 150 days on the North Pacific. As you might imagine, spending so much time at sea alone can get a little lonely. SOUNDBITE: British adventurer Sarah Outen saying (English): " It shouldn't be hard to catch fish but emotionally I find it quite tricky because I tend to make friends with the fish who live beneath the boat ... so yeah, eating all your friends that's quite hard isn't it?" This week Outen will cycle from New York to Cape Cod, and then plans to row her way home, across the Atlantic Ocean. SOUNDBITE: British adventurer Sarah Outen saying (English): "The daunting thing for me is certainly facing big conditions, stormy conditions. Particularly if I get caught by tail ends of hurricanes or anything like that. Facing those conditions by myself is never fun, it's certainly frightening ... There is no guarantee that I will make it safely to the other side." Outon says this is certainly the journey of a lifetime, but not the only one she plans. She can't wait to begin the next one when she gets back home and marries her fiancee Lucy.

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Four years on, a global expedition nears the end for female British adventurer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 02:21