Aussie Green plans to kayak to Paris, to 'deliver a message' – could it be "greens go by air"?

Kayak trip for climate action includes a few long haul flights

Josh_greens_go_by_airGuest essay by Eric Worrall

An Australian grandfather has announced plans to Kayak from Canberra, Australia’s landlocked capital city, to Paris, to deliver a message about climate change to the upcoming COP21 Paris climate conference.

According to the Canberra Times;

“He intends to drag and paddle his wheeled kayak halfway around the world to deliver a message on behalf of all Australians who want action on climate change. The message: we are in this fight against global warming.”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/grandfather-to-take-on-alligators-and-bears-for-climate-change-20150115-12nt6d.html

Engineer, grandfather and ecowarrior Steve Posselt begins an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris on Thursday.

Engineer, grandfather and ecowarrior Steve Posselt begins an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris on Thursday.

Naturally, in the time honoured tradition of climate activism, activist Steve Posselt plans to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by our modern fossil fuel powered economy to achieve his goal. Not only does his kayak appear to be a modern plastic construction, lightweight and safe, rather than the kind of fire burned dugout effort you would expect from a truly committed eco-warrior, but Steve’s route to Paris includes a couple of long haul airline flights.

“From Canberra he drags his kayak to Port Kembla and then paddles up to Sydney. He will fly to the Gulf of Mexico, then paddle through North America to Canada. From there he will fly to Britain and will paddle through England and across the English Channel to Paris. There he will deliver his message at the United Nations Climate Summit in November 2015.”

Nevertheless, you have to admire Steve Posselt’s audacious hypocrisy, given that he is employing all this fossil fuel sourced goodness to achieve his goal;

“It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”

You first mate.

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Nice to have such a big laugh early in the day (in UK)

It sounds like he has found a way to have someone else fund a kayaking holiday through North America and the UK. Most retirees have to dip in to their savings for the big overseas trip. Clever bloke.

Karl Compton

I note that he’s chosen the ‘scenic’ route rather than the much-more paddle-able one via SE Asia, around India, and past the Horn of Africa and Yemen. The one he’s chosen, through the Anglosphere, has hazards like bears, gators, and crocs, but is unlikely to result in his being murdered, held for ransom by pirates, or crucified for being a non-Muslim. I’d release some CO2 to avoid that, too, but in my case it wouldn’t be an utter hypocrite for doing so.

jaffa68

Clearly he’s a sceptic, this stunt is pure sarcasm at the expense of the green blob.
Flying a plastic kayak around the world – perfect.

Brute

+1

Doug UK

Could you make this sort of stuff up?
Are they seriously expecting people to applaud this hypocrisy?

Al

Yes. And they will. Expect to see this covered by at least a couple MSM outlets without any mention of the large air journey interludes in between paddling legs.

Al’s right. They will. “we are in this fight against global warming … ” … extremists, and the MSM are still on their side.

Louis

His carbon footprint would be significantly smaller if he left his kayak at home and flew directly to Paris. So he’s either mocking greens, a hypocrite, or an idiot.

Flyover Bob

How about he’s an idiot, hypocrite, who is mocking himself and greens (unknowingly of course). At least he doesn’t believe he can walk there.

He is a clever idiot, because I will almost guarantee someone else is paying for his grand kayaking holiday with his “suport crew of one” (i.e. probably his wife, who didn’t want any publicity).

But partly he will drag his Canoe by foot,,, Possibly it will compensate for that….
http://kayak4earth.com/mayor-sends-kayak-paris/
see line No. 6 or so.

Klaas de Waal

It’s 10am here in Holland and I still think I’m dreaming.

Hlaford

Whenever I think they just can’t be serious or THAT stupid – they are.

During the trip he will have a support crew of one. Each day he will set off and be met again at the end of the day.
The experienced adventure kayaker has food and sleeping arrangements taken care of. But there will be a few challenges on this trip that do worry him.
“There will be alligators, black bears and polar bears,” Mr Posselt said. “I don’t fancy coming across a polar bear with only a can of capsicum spray on me.”

Admad

“… he will fly to Britain and will paddle through England and across the English Channel to Paris.”
Hmm. Paddle across the English Channel, presumably some time in November or December. Good luck with the usual seasonal Atlantic gales we get about then, mate. Hope your support vessel (which you will be required to have in order to cross the busiest shipping lanes in the world) is “carbon neutral” as well.

M Courtney

You got there first.
And I’ll add that the Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world so he’s better get the correct authorisations.

…or not…
I do believe it is time for us to create more absurd claims and actions in support of CAGW. Draw some attention to the facts, by using reverse psychology. This guy has started the kayak rolling, we should follow his lead.

Jack

He will probably sit in the kyak on the ferry. Then of course he will present his epic journey as a graph, leaving out the fossil fuel bits.

Jimbo

Here is their support vehicle. Is it an electric car? He did say “It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”
http://www.kayak4earth.com/MaryRiver/MaryDayReports/gettingready1.htm
http://www.kayak4earth.com/MaryRiver/MaryDayReports/MaryDayReportImages/gettingready1.jpg

Jimbo

Their venture is sponsored by:
The Australian Water Association.
United Utilities (In 2010 United Utilities was sold to a consortium led by the Mitsubishi Corporation)
and others.

I have a theory that people who put activist stickers on their cars have a form of mental illness. The more stickers, the greater the mental illness. There is one bloke locally who has gone to the extent of buying individual lettering to spell out full sentences on his windscreen.

Jason Calley

Jack says: “Then of course he will present his epic journey as a graph, leaving out the fossil fuel bits.”
Jack, how cynical! 🙂
No, for the fossil fuel bits, he will interpolate what his data SHOULD have been, basing his graph on other locations up to 1200 km away.

steveta_uk

Can’t he wheel thru the tunnel?

I hear he has got sponsorship from Mitsubishi

mikewaite

Reminds me of a Top Gear stunt . Presumably he will be sponsored by donors A£5/ mile?

tgmccoy

If he uses a support vessel it had better be one of these:
http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi338.htm
Wonder if anyone can find good ‘topgallant” people any more?

John the Cube

Topmen. There are a few left, there are still some square rigged sailing ships around.

KenB

Yes we have true believers with rock hard minds and yes some of them vote and with our strange voting systems, they often over-rule the majority who at least take the time to look at the science, weigh up the arguments for and against and vote accordingly. Sorry, you will have to put up with their once a year look at me stunt, while we have to put up with them and their crazy beliefs year round.!

I’ve long had an ambition to canoe around Europe. That’s the Europe as it was originally conceived by the Greeks which basically involves a trip from Greece, through the Mediterranean, past Spain, France, Germany, Denmark and then up one of the rivers of the Baltic, followed by a 10mile drag over land to reach a tributary of the Danube – thence down the Danube to the black sea, and back to Greece.
Now all I need to find is a cause that vaguely matches this trip and some sponsors and off I’ll go.

KevinM

YES! Exactly. Fund me and I’ll do it in the name of the shivvering shaorn sheep of Shropshire! Always loved kayaking.

BrianJay

Plenty of training possible in Shropshire. More rain and the Cluns breached its banks again. Wonder if he knows anything about the English Channel. Does he know wat sort of radar footprint he will be to a befemoth super tanker! Busiest shipping channel in the world.

Owen in GA

Now that sounds like a fine trip. Take about two or three years and stop more often than you paddle and that can be the trip of a lifetime! Also could be a real pain in poor weather unless long stays in coastal inns or B&Bs are part of the plan.

He could do it in 90 days using a clipper ship and salt-soaked beef with water barrels and no heat and no diesel backup … That took 90 to 120 days (Australia – Britain), but he’ll have trouble going up the Mississippi. Even in the 1810’s the “real zero-carbon” Mississippi travelers going up river either walked or rode horses (the Natchez Trace) or poled up the Miss, the Ohio, and the Missouri. Lewis and Clark’s expeditions could paddle some sections of the Missouri, but they still needed 1 year to go St Louis – North Dakota (wintered over), 1 year North Dakota – Pacific Ocean (wintered over) and one year back to St Louis.
But they were tougher then: He stayed a bit in St Louis, wrote his reports, then returned to Washington to report to Jefferson. Coast to coast (and back! ) in less than five years!
But this guy claims the “impact” of carbon is so bad he is going to be able to do the entire earth in 90 days carbon-free?

James (Aus.)

What a hoot. Posselt should be fronting the Trade Descriptions Act, not to mention the Gullible Old Fool Award of the Decade.
And he’s paddling across the Channel. Wow. Would that be in a bathtub aboard the Chunnel train?

en passant

James, Wrong title. It should be Gullible Old NUMPTY Award of the decade, or GONAD for short

Lew Skannen

I wish I could afford a holiday like that.

Brute

You, I, and most of humanity.

KevinM

+1 +2 +3

richard

Feels more like an advert for fossil fuels. My first quick look when i saw that yellow and red and I though it was Shell sponsoring him.

LMFAO – wish I had thought of that one 🙂

Unmentionable

If he takes the top-end route he may get even as far as the Mitchel River mouth.

Well I was fine with it until I read the ‘flying’ part. I was at least hoping that he’d gotten his will up-to-date, as actually attempting to paddle the whole way – which would have been more ecological – would likely get him Dead.
Say btw, anyone heard anything more about that iceberg sitter?

Brute

Good question. Made me look. Here is the link:
http://alexbellini.com/adrift-2015-2/

LeeHarvey

Oh good… he actually recognizes the need for a rugged, buoyant pod.
Though I had to laugh at the litany of supposed disasters that he’s expecting to face. Earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, hurricanes, and tornadoes while floating on an iceberg? Really, you twit?
And why, exactly, are there nine seats in the thing? Does he expect to be hosting press events on a regular basis?

Dave Worley

He should call the pod “Wilson”.

Annie

I looked at the link. What cost in energy and materials for the capsule? What cost likewise for website, back up team, etc. etc.? Why isn’t everyone just laughing?
Bellini, Posselt, Turney….ye gods!

ConfusedPhoton

“stupid is as stupid does”

On the Kentish coast, andf a foggy November day, he stands a fair chance of colliding with an idle windmill. Now that would be ironic, wouldn’t it?

This is a great story.
The Green Publicity Machine, which was once a deadly and efficient mechanism has been spluttering and farting for years, now it appears to have finally blasted out something more substantial!

cnxtim

Is this the same Worral who kept native animals in captivity in order to amuse and make a profit from decidedly non-eco gawking tourists? What a w…er!

Annie

???

I think you are thinking of this Worrel, who saved countless lives during his long career by helping the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories to produce anti-venom, through a captive breeding programme which included some of the world’s deadliest snakes.
http://www.reptilepark.com.au/about-us/history/park-founder-eric-worrel/

You’ve just won this week’s “Prize idiot” award

Really – pot kettle black methinks……………….

I think we’ve got it all wrong.
This “idiot” is about to embark on a fantastic vacation, undoubtedly funded by other acolytes and disciples.
Probably one of the biggest treks of his life, and he’s figured out how to do it for free.
He’ll be laughing the whole way…when he’s off camera.

JLC of Perth

I think you’re right.

Patrick

If you’ve been to his website, they have a “Sponsor Us” link.

Randy

My assumption as well.

fouchet

For now, the green have a lot of competition in the field of fear ,yes peoples are very concerned about terrorism , seeing the crowd in Paris and in all large city in France .
We can have anxiety but also you have to worry about something sometime and not everything all the time.
Unfortunately this terror is a competitor and a serious one for the green and their business since environment will come second or third or worse in the mind of political party.

Is someone going to tell him that Paris isn’t on the Channel coast?

Owen in GA

Geography is unimportant when you are “saving the world”™
Do I need the /sarc?

Lawrence

There is also a support vehicle following him on land for the entire journey with a crew of two.
His itinerary that catalogues the distance covered shows a distance from Sydney to the Gulf of Mexico of just 235 km.

ROM

If it comes out of Canberra , the site of Australia’s Federal Parliament;
A / It will be totally impractical.
B / It won’t work
C / The amount of red tape required before he starts will likely sink the whole shebang.
D / It will be a fine example of the usual gross green hypocrisy.
E / The kayak is made from barb wire as in “he will be a s**ts creek in a barb wire canoe” if he tries the stunt.
Meaning he has Buckleys chance to none of doing what he says he is going to do
F / Its going to cost [ and probably already has ] somebody somewhere one hell of a lot of hard earned to rescue / fix / hide / get rid of / blame somebody, anybody else, preferably the Opposition for the inevitable and widely publicized Grand FU when he comes unstuck, as in sunk, somewhere off Sydney.
G / Some mothers do have them!
H / If he’s a public servant or was at any time in his career increase all of the above by a factor of 10.
I / This is Australia where weird, wonderful and usually highly embarrassing examples of the H.sapiens species of very doubtful and dubious provenance regularly make an appearance.
Meanwhile the rest of us will hope that his damn kayak runs over him sometime before he manages to leave the Capital Territory and bring an end to this fine example of the usual green blob stupidity and hypocrisy.

Annie

Thanks for the laugh ROM!

Auto

I second that!
Good thing I wasn’t trying to drink and read at the same time – screen may have had a bath of vin rouge!
Much appreciated, ROM!
Auto

ROM

Correction for the Australian country colloquialism
E / The kayak is made from barb wire as in “he will be up s**ts creek in a barb wire canoe” if he tries the stunt.

Leo Smith

Somewhat like floating down the Clyde on a water biscuit?

Admad

Floating somewhere on an air biscuit.

Annie

Thanks too for a laugh Leo Smith.

It’s nice to start the day off with a smile, and this post produced it. Thanks, Eric.

🙂

Annie

We need to smile and laugh at times…this post has certainly given us that..

angech2014

Hooray, just noticed the Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly in Niño 3.4 Region – 1999 to Present at WUWT show a fall below the 0.5 degrees anomaly.
This means no El Nino officially for 2014 and probably none for 2015.
El Nino being defined as 3 months of consecutive 3 monthly periods above 0.5 in Nino 3/4 region.
No comment yet from media or Bob Tisdale?
Still caused a very warm year but should be a lot cooler from here in.

What were the names of the two idiots that froze to death a few years ago in the Antarctica delivering an Man-Made Global Warming Message only to become part of the Carbon-Nitrate Cycles.
I love Being Green, but Heaven can wait.
Paul

Leo Smith

Mummy! I dont like Grandpa!
Shut up and eat your Greens.

KNR

So he plans to create a personal carbon footprint much bigger than most people will in that period to call for a ‘carbon zero world ‘
Still if it all goes wrong he can always see if he can get a lift on St Gores and his fellow travellers privates jets which they tend to use to attend such conferences .

cedarhill

Gotta love them… I walked to Glasgow, Scotland from New York City, NY.
Only had one “long haul” between JFK and GLA.

I tend to walk everywhere. Yesterday I walked about 260km*, including a leg to my garage, then from the parking lot at the destination. *Brief car journey included.

Andrew

what a willie wanka

How is he getting home, or will he apply to stay as an asylum seeker?

richard

I am looking at that plane wheel on the front of his Kayak, maybe he has something up his sleeve, solar powered engines will unfurl . I’m thinking chitty chitty bang bang.

Alan the Brit

He’ll probably paddle to the North Pole on his way back, we haven’t had any idiots do that for a while!

Annie

Oh, Gosh, Yes! I forgot about that heap…should have added the Catlin mob to my little list…

AJB

Poor timing. The DW is in April not October and doesn’t take eight days, even allowing for the extra leg from Bath and Caen Flight. Sounds more like a Kennet and Avon pub crawl in green wellies. Will Nick Stokes be providing the sandwiches?

Johna Till Johnson

Just for the record, the guy may be otherwise a dufus, but wanting to kayak across a “busy shipping channel” doesn’t make him one. I’ve paddled in and around the NYC waterways for eight years, including multiple crossings of two major shipping channels (Ambrose Channel and the Kill Van Kull). If you know what you’re doing, have the right equipment (maritime radio, lights, etc), and are familiar with the rules of the sea in your area, there’s no problem.
The pilots don’t *like* it (they call us idiots and worse on the bridge-to-bridge channel when they think we’re not listening) but there’s no major issue if you give them the right of way, communicate your intentions, and know how to paddle. Kayaks are small and agile, if not fast, and can almost always stay out of trouble.
Also, a support vessel (as someone above suggested) would be worse than useless in such a scenario. I’ve paddled with a support boat (not for me, for a long-distance swimmer we’re both supporting) and it’s really difficult to coordinate moves–such as staying out of the way of an oncoming cargo vessel–with a speedboat tailing you.
Your best friends are your tools and knowledge of the region.
Also, England may be more bureacracy-laden than the US, but here at least (NYC) there are no regulations that preclude you from paddling in a shipping region. I’m sure they’d love to pass some, but fortunately for us, there are several groups of “they” (Coast Guard, NYC police, Harbor patrol, etc) and nobody can agree on who would be in charge of such a thing. :-).

Admad

I think you hit the nail on the head with “If you know what you’re doing…”

Annie

Exactly!

NYC shipping channels – compared to the English Channel?
Ahh, no comparison:
How far off of the NYC coast did you travel?
— Five miles (8 km)?
— Ten miles (16 km)?
How about twenty miles (33 km) which is the shortest distance straight across the channel at Dover.
What kind of bow waves have you crested? Tankers and large freighters moving at speed through heavy seas and currents throw up some impressive bow waves.
I doubt whether the pilots and ship captains care whether or not you’re listening to radio traffic and communications. They’d likely be more abrupt and direct if they talked to you specifically. Those guys would have to do a bunch of paperwork if your craft was accidentally keelhauled followed by getting chopped by the propeller.
Instead they’ll somehow never see you and if you get keelhauled accidentally, they’d never notice and the paperwork would wait till next they came to port.
Wasn’t it in the NYC shipping channel where a flounder fisherman’s skiff got caught on the front of a freighter? It took quite some doing to get the ship’s attention and get them to stop so the reshaped skiff could be pulled off the front. As I remember the story, the fisherman survived with a few injuries; and likely never fished in the NYC shipping channels again.
Perhaps the French will prosecute the bozo when/if he lands in France as France outlaws many of these type of crossings.
The basic truth is likely quite elusive to us at this point in time. It is far more likely that when faced with anything greater than force 2 winds , this eco-nut will again fly directly to Paris. At force 3 and greater the waves would break over the kayak; twenty miles of rough seas are not a treat in small boats.
I wonder if he’s spent a lot of time in ocean swells before? Could be rough if he gets seasick on endless oceanic up tilt down tilt movement. heh!

Farmer Gez

Canberra only exists by grace of the Australian taxpayer. How apt his journey should start there.

It is a gigantic tax sucking hole.
A few recent examples of Canberra hilarity:
-A female public servant demanded workers compensation after she was injured having sex whilst on a business trip
-Another female public service employee demanded longer coffee breaks so she could walk to a cafe five minutes further away to buy soy lattes, rather than regular milk
-A male public sector employee took a voluntary redundancy after someone gave him a plastic reindeer which did little plastic poohs for a Secret Santa gift. Apparently there was a message on one of the poohs about the quality of his economic modelling work.
-The local government spent $300,000 commissioning a hot air balloon called the “sky whale”, which looked like a dozen suspended tits joined together.

Last time I visited Canberra I got lost – so many new housing estates full of taxpayer funded public workers I lost my way.

Alx

I guess Posselt is desperate for something to do. Maybe he can hold his breath to compensate for the carbon footprint of carting his plastic Kayak all over the world.
The article brings up the often missed point of fossil fuels; it produces the by-product plastic, the raw material which has had an immense impact to our modern way of life.
For Posselt and others, ignorance is bliss. Happy paddling, but sorry no free air miles for kayaking.

DirkH

Transglobal photo-op.

kenw

bingo. nothing more, nothing less.

old44

Why doesn’t he paddle down the Molongolo river to the Murrumbidgee, follow that to the sea, paddle clockwise around Australia, up through Indonesia, along the Asian coast to the Bering Strait, across the ice free Arctic and down to Britain. Save all that kerosene used by those nasty airliners.

tty

I suggest he turns to the left in Indonesia instead, and follows the Asian coast into the Red Sea and through the Suez canal and the Mediterranean. A shorter route with much nicer weather, though perhaps with rather more pirates.

No, he really should make use of the Northern Passage to prove his point. After all, all the ice is melted by now, isn’t it?

dipchip

How many more inconvenient facts will be brought to the attention of alarmists by this coming November? The climate alarm crowd requires ever more funds to maintain their constituency each year.

old44

I think the most telling statement from his video was him referring to Climate Change as “the industry”.

mwh

Nothing to stop him doing it at all, speedboats, yachts even windsurfers make the crossing regularly all summer long. Its a case of knowing the rules, knowing where you are and having some concern for your own and other peoples safety. To that end informing the coastguard of what you are doing is sensible but not mandatory. Playing ‘chicken’ with large fast vessels constrained by their weight and draught in a relatively narrow, busy shipping channel is stupid in the extreme.
If he knows the rules
if he knows the route,
if the conditions are calm with good vis
If he knows which channel he is in precisely and understands the buoyage
If he knows that most vessels wont see him or be able to avoid him
If he is very fit and healthy with good vision
if his equipment is all in good order
Then I cannot see that he will have any problems!! Good luck to him. If however any ship has to alter course or slow down because of him – up will go his carbon footprint again. Daft. Whats he saying – ‘dont take the train to |Paris, take a Kayak and save the planet’ – barmy.
Why not Kayak up the west side of the Pacific – probably wouldnt ever have to be out of sight of land. Kayak through the Beaufort in Late July August (with a wheeled Kayak should make the NW passage one way or the other). Kayak down the West coast of Greenland in September. then take a boat to Scotland /Ireland (preferably sailing) and make his way to Paris from there. Now that would be impressive. Any long haul flights involved makes a mockery of the statement he is making. Is he making any sort of statement at all – is he even getting far enough to pose for the cameras on the Barrier Reef!! Kayaking through the US to Canada – whats that all about. As for here in England what does kayaking down a load of canals and crossing one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world have to do with the Green movement – ships are the most efficient mode of cargo transport. Definitely a personal trip – far too self indulgent to have any ‘green’ credentials at all

This must be the second most stupid stunt I have heard with regard to publicising AGW (the ship of fools was the first). I would not go in our seas in a 30 foot yacht at this time of the year let alone a kayak, doesn’t he realise he is too old for a Darwin Award?
He’s probably booked his kayak on his flights as hand-luggage!!

Bunker Hill Jim

Wait … weren’t the ‘ship of fools’ out of Australia about this time of year last year? IT IS AGW ! (Australia Goofy Wonkers) Sorry, couldn’t help it … Must be overheated Aussies escaping backwards swirling toilets.

Annie

They’ve all “Gone Troppo”. It must be that time of the year here DownUnder.

Dreadnought

So, not only does he get to have a nice holiday, he’ll get his big ego stroked at every opportunity by the swivel-eyed greens. Hypocrite extraordinaire.

tty

You have to remember the restrictions he is working under. All countries he will pass must be:
A. Safe, with good search-and-rescue and hospital facilities
B. Have an adequate supply of greenie journalists
C. Be stupid enough to permit this sort of idiocy
That essentially limits him to Australia, USA, The EU and (perhaps) Canada. Which is exactly the countries he will be going through.

chris moffatt

If he gets into trouble while in the Canadian Arctic it might cost a bit to get him out. The govt doesn’t like having to rescue idiots and will send you a bill for the rescue cost. Typically they insist you have insurance to cover such an eventuality. Of course while he’s waiting for rescue he could get eaten by a polar bear….that would be a great way for a greenie to go, saving a member of a species endangered by climate change (the very thing he’s protesting).

Annie

That reminds me…who paid for the rescue of Turney’s Ship of Fools?

KevinM

I’m going to do something interesting and challenging I’ve always wanted to do (that many people lack realistic time and financial security to do) and get it publicised by attaching it to a popular political issue.

“Eco-warrior”? He must be SO proud of himself. Saving the Earth like that.

chris moffatt

They all are – so proud of themselves that is.

he’d fit right in with a ship stuck in ice in antarctica where the ice was supposed to have been gone….

badger777

Ya, the arrogance of those scientists….we aren’t wrong we are just stuck in our own experiment. wow, they really said that

Robert Wykoff

Aye, though speaking of that…What ever happened to the guy who was going to live on an iceberg for a year?

you know I had forgotten about that, I wonder also.
I am too lazy to look into it though and a sense of wonderment does make the day more enjoyable 🙂

David Smith

Just read his diary for Day Two. Only the second day into his trip and he seems knackered-out. I don’t think he’ll get to Paris, even with the planes to help him. Idiot:
“last night I was trying to get the spasms out of my back but my heels hurt. It’s difficult sleeping on your back with heels off the ground! Woke up a lot better and was away at 7.00am.
Not sure of elevations but seemed to keep climbing which put a lot of stress on the top of my leg. It sorted itself out at Lake George on the flat though. Blisters are getting worse, especially where the shoe fell to bits yesterday, pain is getting worse. I forgot how much this stuff hurt! The big disappointment is that I am falling to bits and have only covered 50k, less than a quarter of the distance to the coast.”

Patrick

Yeah. No comment options at the website nor his facebook page. I wonder why?

David Smith

He has got a contact email address on his website – I just might get in touch…

Patrick

I imagine your e-mails will be…binned! Just look at the number of likes on his FB page.

Sounds like a whinger

AlexB

From his “pre-trip jitters” post on the 7th:
“I feel sick, anxious, apprehensive and at the same time confident and keen to just get going. There have been some set-backs with extra work required and training is almost non-existent with just six walks up the Lismore hill so far. This has shown some bugs in the old kayak wheel setup but hey, a good engineer should be able to sort that out. This time I will try not to go like a bull at a gate from the start so I’m hoping the extra maturity will compensate for lack of fitness.
and on the 14th, the day before he set out:
“On the way back from the Nannas I went to Lismore Square to get some frozen chips to go with the fresh Ballina snapper but forgot that the kayak was on the roof. Damage to the front was significant, but we bought a heat gun at Tuggerah and with the expertise of two absolutely superb engineers (that’s Warren and me in case you missed it) plus Klaas, it is now back into shape – well sort of. It will do the job anyway and it is hardly noticeable from the back.”
He destroyed his shoe on the first day by carting a heavy load in the heat with runners instead of wearing something more load-bearing. So he’s basically allowed himself no real physical conditioning, and he’s not properly field tested his equipment to make sure it’ll withstand the trip.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin.
“Adventure is just bad planning” — Roald Amundsen, polar explorer.

tty

What kind of fool starts out on a 20,000 km trek with shoes that fall apart on day one?

richard

if this man had done his epic swim in the name of AGW i might have been impressed, the doc is amazing , he chugs on alcohol whilst swimming –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Strel
but a man in a Kayak , who cares.

George Tetley

What else can you expect…. He is after all an an Aoorstran known around the world for there bureaucratic stupidity ( if you can read, you are not employable as a bureaucrat ! )

kenw

I will have to assume in the NA part he will paddle up the Mississippi. Hopefully he will notice all the barges and ships carrying the grain that basically feeds the rest of the world. Produced and transported of course with his arch-nemesis fossil fuels.

chris moffatt

Well he’ll certainly notice the 5Kt downstream current in places. I foresee a lot of portaging. He’s gonna need better shoes!

spetzer86

Did is strike anyone else that, in effect, this guy is just shipping a kayak around the world? He could do the main travel sections without carting along the stupid boat and rent/buy kayaks at each major paddle point. Not just a ridiculous stunt, but so inefficient it’s mindboggling.

knr

And his got to ship it back , its a ‘return’ journey .

Eric, I owe you an apology.
“It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”
(and money…and a jet)
Let’s face it, you’d have to be a major Maroon to say such a stupid thing, so I went to the linked story.
Damn, he said it and Mark Sawa is promoting him with this phony story.
Again, I apologize to you Eric for ever doubting the accuracy of this report.