British adventurer Jason Lewis was the first person to successfully circumnavigate the globe using only human-powered navigation—no motors, no sails. He hiked, biked, roller bladed, pedaled a paddleboat, and kayaked (above, in Indonesia).
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    On October 6, 2007, British adventurer Jason Lewis crossed the prime meridian in Greenwich, England, completing the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. Human-powered navigation does not rely on the use of devices such as motors or sails.
    Some of the methods used by Lewis to traverse the globe included hiking, biking, roller blading, kayaking, and pedaling a paddleboat called Moksha. It took Lewis about 13 years to complete the journey.
    Lewis is a supporter of sustainable development, and took the opportunity to talk to students all over the world on his journey, which he called Expedition 360. He visited more than 900 schools in 37 countries.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    circumnavigation Noun

    a journey entirely around something—an island, continent, or the entire Earth.

    complete Verb

    to finish.

    device Noun

    tool or piece of machinery.

    explorer Noun

    person who studies unknown areas.

    hike Verb

    to walk a long distance.

    journey Noun

    voyage or trip.

    kayak Noun

    small canoe made watertight around the waist of the occupant and moved in the water with a single paddle.

    motor Noun

    engine used to create motion.

    opportunity Noun


    paddleboat Noun

    boat propelled by a motorized or pedal-driven wheel.

    pedal Verb

    to use a device's foot-powered lever, such as in a car or a piano.

    prime meridian Noun

    imaginary line around the Earth running north-south, 0 degrees longitude.

    Encyclopedic Entry: prime meridian
    rely Verb

    to depend on.

    sailboat Noun

    aquatic vessel that uses wind to maneuver and move.

    subway Noun

    underground railway; a popular form of public transportation in large urban areas.

    sustainable development Noun

    human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.

    traverse Verb

    to cross or move through a landscape.