Man has always wanted to know his world. Researchers have turned the idea of our planet, proving that it is round.
And today, with the development of space technologies, there are no blank spots on earth. You can learn about distant lands from the Internet or on TV.
Nevertheless, people are attracted by new cities and countries. Below is a story about the strangest travels.
2600 kilometers on your knees. In 1978, the journey of 39-year-old Baptist priest Hans Mulikin finally ended. He covered this distance to the White House from his city of Marshall, in Texas. To avoid injuring his legs during such an unusual journey, he wrapped them in fur and protected them with steel strips. In his hands, the priest held an axle with wheels of different diameters. This helped him compensate for the slope of the road to the side of the road. The whole road was covered by Hans on all fours. The journey ended on November 22, 1978. It took the priest two and a half years for everything. Arriving at the White House, Mulikin asked for an audience with Jimmy Carter, who was the country's President at the time. But the guards turned him off, saying that the First Person was busy. Then Hans turned to reporters, saying that the government of the country just wants the heads of the population bowed and staying on their knees waiting for mercy. This outcome was quite predictable, rarely when presidents really think about the fate of their people.
On an all-terrain vehicle around the world. Traveling around the world by car is no longer able to surprise anyone. Australian Ben Carlin decided to drive around the planet in his improved amphibious jeep. He set off on the road with his wife in 1950, but his wife could not bear the tiring journey, having left the distance after three-quarters of the way in India. Ben continued his journey alone, completing it in 1958. The journey started and ended up in the Canadian Montreal. And the length of the entire route was 62 thousand kilometers by land and as much as 17 thousand kilometers by water.
41,115 kilometers with a wheelbarrow. David Baird decided to cross the entire Australian continent with a wheelbarrow. The journey through the mainland took 112 days, during which time the traveler covered 4115 kilometers. A 65-year-old man did such a marathon to raise funds to study the problems of prostate and breast cancer. Baird himself does not have such problems and he looks great, even despite the fact that in 112 days he ran a distance of one hundred marathons with a wheelbarrow. Every day the traveler traveled for 10-12 hours. During the journey, he was able to visit 70 cities, whose residents donated 20 thousand dollars for a good cause. Here is such an unusual charity trip.
Travel around the world on foot. English runner Robert Garside is also known as the "running man." The Guinness Book of World Records officially gave him the certificate that he was the first to report a round-the-world trip by jogging. Robert made several unsuccessful starts, starting from Cape Town, South Africa, and from London. In the end, the journey that began and ended in Indian New Delhi ended with success. The start took place on October 20, 1997, and Robert spent almost 5 years for the entire journey, finishing on June 13, 2003. The fact that a person made a round the world race without the use of technical means caused a lot of gossip among the press and competitors. That is why representatives of the well-known Book of Records have long and carefully checked the reliability of the record, studying all the facts related to its implementation. As a result, only a few years later the honorary document was issued to the runner. Interestingly, when David did his race, he updated the information about his trip on runningman.org. A pocket computer helped him in this. The runner talked about everything that happened to him along the way. And this story turned out to be quite intense. There are also attacks by hooligans, imprisonment, difficult acclimatization. During his travels, Garside spent the night in a variety of places, ranging from luxury five-star hotels to police cameras. The traveler collected 120 thousand pounds in voluntary donations from people he did not know. He ended up in prison because of incorrectly executed papers allowing him to enter the country. During the trip, David even managed to find his love - the girl Endrina Perez from Venezuela. The whole journey lasted 2062 long days, during which 48 thousand kilometers were covered. Robert traveled to 29 countries, visiting 6 continents. The traveler used 50 pairs of sneakers to run around the world. Yet it remains incomprehensible how the Englishman crossed the oceans. He probably continued to run, settling himself in the passenger cabin of the liner. Perhaps this is how he compensated for the length of the obstacle in the form of the ocean.
On foot from China to Germany. When Christoph Rehage celebrated his birthday in 2007, he decided to give himself an unusual gift - a walking trip. He studied in Beijing, the capital of China, and the student decided to walk to his home in the German city of Bad Nenndorf. The walk promised to be interesting. On this journey, Christophe took many photographs and even created an accelerated video of his journey. As a result, the traversed 4000 kilometers fit into a five-minute video. There you can first see a neat shaven young man, he gradually begins to grow overgrown with stubble, and the landscape changes around him. The Gobi Desert, mountains, roads are flickering. And the traveler himself keeps walking. The landscapes around him changed, people came and went, and he continued on his way. It took Christophe a year to get through China alone. He finally realized that he simply could not carry out his plan. But even walking these 4,800 kilometers turned out to be a real feat, so such a journey only commands respect.
A voyage around the world at 16. On October 18, 2009, 16-year-old Jessica Watson went on a trip around the world. Its highlight is that the entire path will be done independently and by water. The girl became the youngest seafarer around the world who made such a difficult journey alone. The journey was non-stop and no restocking. Jessica was born and raised in Queensland, Australia. When she arrived home on May 15, 2010, she immediately became a celebrity there. The rights to her photo and video materials were bought by Rupert Murdoch himself, having laid out an impressive amount for this. Jessica decided to single-handedly circumnavigate the Earth when she was only 12. It would be curious to know the reaction of her parents to such a statement. However, the dream has come true! True, the first attempt, on September 9, was unsuccessful - on the very first night after going to sea, the girl's yacht collided with a large cargo ship. She had to postpone the start for a month.
13 thousand kilometers backwards. Planny Wingo began his journey towards Istanbul on April 15, 1931. The whole road took in the end a year and a half and ended on October 24, 1932. At that time, the traveler was 36 years old. The unusual thing about this journey was that it was done backwards! It can be assumed that, even swimming across the ocean, the men walked on the deck in this form, winding the necessary kilometers. In order not to twist his head, the traveler was forced to make himself periscope glasses with mirrors. This helped him to overcome about 30-35 kilometers per day. Let it be a little, but every day for one and a half years and all this - backwards.
3000 kilometers on stilts. In 1891, Sylvain Dornon, born in Landes, France, decided to cross all of Europe in an unusual way. He went to Moscow from Paris on stilts! The journey began on March 12. On the day, Dornon traveled up to 60 kilometers, what tests awaited him on the way - one can only guess. The entire road of 2945 kilometers took about 2 months. Those who think that this is not difficult can be advised to walk at least a kilometer on stilts.
From Africa to Greenland. It would seem, what could an African be interested in a snow-covered giant island? Tete-Michel Cromassie was born in Togo in 1941. When he was still a child, he survived the attack of a huge python. The father, wishing to save his son from the consequences of the attack of the snake, sent him to the priests of the python cult living in the dense jungle. There the boy was really cured and even ordained a priest. For the next 6 years he lived in the jungle right among the snakes, no longer in the least afraid of them. In these places, Kromassie accidentally discovered a children's book, which was about Greenland. The boy was simply mesmerized by a distant country where there is no forest or snakes at all. Cromassie decided he needed to get there. The road took 12 years. All this time, the traveler did not stay in one place for more than six months, literally working only for food and a roof over his head. He crossed West Africa and came to Europe. Already from there, Kromassi by boat in the mid-60s finally got to his destination - Greenland. During the trip, Michel closely studied the languages of the peoples with whom he communicated. He became a good listener and turned out to be a great storyteller, an interesting person. Cromassie told his story in 1977 in the book "From Africa to Greenland", published in France.
Expedition "Kon-Tiki". Before the expedition, Heyerdahl and five other travelers - Knut Haugland, Bengt Danielsson, Erik Hesselberg, Torstein Robyu and Herman Watzinger - arrived in Peru, where they built a pae-pae raft from balsa wood and other natural materials. named "Kon-Tiki". They were prompted to sail on the Kon-Tiki by ancient chronicles and drawings of the Spanish conquistadors depicting rafts of the Incas, as well as local legends and archaeological evidence suggesting that there could be contacts between South America and Polynesia. On August 7, 1947, after 101 days of navigation, "Kon-Tiki", having covered 4300 nautical miles (8000 km) in the Pacific Ocean, washed up on the reefs of Raroia atoll of Tuamotu islands. Kon-Tiki demonstrated that a primitive raft, using the Humboldt current and a tailwind, could indeed navigate the Pacific Ocean in a westerly direction with relative ease and safety. Thanks to the keel system and the sail, the raft has proven its high maneuverability. In addition, fish accumulated in quite a large number between two balsa logs, and this suggests that ancient sailors could use it to satisfy hunger, and the evaporation of water on sails made it possible to overcome thirst in the absence of other sources of fresh water. Inspired by the sailing of the Kon-Tiki, others repeated this journey on their rafts. Thor Heyerdahl's book "Kon-Tiki" has been translated into 66 languages of the world. A documentary film about the expedition, shot by Heyerdahl during the voyage, won an Oscar in 1951.