This is an account that is literally of monumental proportions. A British man kayaked, pedaled, walked, swam and skated to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human muscle alone.

Jason Lewis, 40, shunned motor and sail to travel 45,505 miles in a quest that ended last week when he pulled his pedal boat across the Meridian line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The epic journey took him 13 years, two months, 23 days and 1 hour.

Lewis capsized in two oceans, was chased by a crocodile in Australia, had two bouts of malaria, surgery for two hernias and nearly died of blood poisoning 1,300 miles off Hawaii.

He also suffered acute altitude sickness in the Himalayas, broke both legs when he was hit by a car in Colorado and was arrested as a spy in Egypt.

“It’s been a big, long journey. It’s good to be back,” a thin, leathered and weeping Lewis said simply as he crossed the finish line.

Just incredible. And I feel like I’ve accomplished something when I force myself to walk the five blocks to the neighbourhood shop and back. 🙂

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