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I bet he's hopping mad

A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 2,800-mile journey to the Caribbean in about three months. Savin will drop markers from his three-metre long resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic Ocean. The barrel is equipped with a kitchen area, and a mattress with straps to keep him from being thrown about by rough seas.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/break...-cross-atlantic-in-barrel-capsule-894305.html

He's gotten as far as the Caribbean.

A 72-year-old Frenchman has reached the Caribbean Sea after spending four months drifting from the Canary Islands in a barrel.

Jean-Jacques Savin, an adventurer and former paratrooper, claimed to have achieved his goal of becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic without sail, motor or human power.

“The Atlantic crossing is a success,” he said by satellite phone. “Now I have to find a way to be picked up and dropped off near a port. At the moment I’m drifting towards Florida.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...ks-lift-after-hitting-caribbean-sea-lgnzms7mq
 

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He's gotten as far as the Caribbean.

A 72-year-old Frenchman has reached the Caribbean Sea after spending four months drifting from the Canary Islands in a barrel.

Jean-Jacques Savin, an adventurer and former paratrooper, claimed to have achieved his goal of becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic without sail, motor or human power.

“The Atlantic crossing is a success,” he said by satellite phone. “Now I have to find a way to be picked up and dropped off near a port. At the moment I’m drifting towards Florida.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...ks-lift-after-hitting-caribbean-sea-lgnzms7mq
You don't get to say you crossed the ocean unless you wind up hitting land, otherwise you're just still in the ocean.
 

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Looks like a job for Florida Man.
 

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Vid at link.

Man in box of ice breaks world record

An Austrian man has broken a world record, by standing in a box filled with ice for over two-and-a-half hours.
Josef Koeberl beat the previous record for full-body contact, which he set himself last year, by over 25 minutes.

Published 7 hours ago

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-54049219
 

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To cross the Atlantic by whale!

In the 1990s, adventurer Tom McClean wanted to sail a 62-tonne whale-shaped boat across the Atlantic. Almost 30 years later he still holds on to that dream.

"When I first took my idea of the boat to a marine architect in Helensburgh, he thought I wanted to build a whaler, said Tom, the Dublin-born, Lochaber-based 78-year-old.

After Tom explained he did not want a small leisure craft, but a vessel the same size and shape as a sperm whale the bemused architect replied: "That is going to be very technical."

From 1992 to 1995, Tom's dream gradually took physical form at engineering firm William Reid's fabrication yard in Forres in Moray. The belly of the steel-framed craft was fitted out with cabins, providing living quarters for the 3,000-mile (4,828km) voyage. The 20m (65ft) high beast was powered by two diesel engines and could even spout water. ...

Yet the idea of the transatlantic crossing never has never died, with Tom resurrecting the plan as recently as 2016, when he talked once again of making the voyage in the belly of his whale boat. For years, Moby has mostly been beached on a shore of Loch Nevis at Ardintigh Bay on the North Morar peninsula where Tom and his wife Jill have their Highland Outdoor Centre. After running the outdoor activities business for more than 50 years, the couple are selling up.

Tom said: "The whale might be sold along with the centre, or maybe someone will buy it separately to do something with themselves - or maybe involve me in. I'm almost 80, but still very active."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-57482669
 

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80-year-old woman sets off on yearly 600-mile pony trek from Hexham to Inverness

Every year, Jane Dotchin packs her saddlebags and sets off on an epic journey from her home near Hexham, Northumberland, up to Inverness, Scotland.

Since 1972, Jane, 80, has been heading on this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback.

This time, she began her journey on August 31, with her disabled Jack Russell, Dinky, for company as she covers between 15 and 20 miles a day.
The trip sees Jane carrying everything she needs on her back, including her tent, food, and a few key belongings.

She does all this despite wearing an eyepatch, and plans to keep up the tradition for as long as she can.

Jane’s love of long-distance trekking began around 40 years ago, when she trotted around the West Country.

Jane said: ‘My mother would look after my other ponies but she wasn’t that keen on looking after my Halfinger stallion, so I rode him down to Somerset to see a friend, which is about 300 miles.

‘It was a bit of a hard slog, but it was good.’

After that initial journey, she caught the taste for the open road, and travelled to visit friends near Fort Augustus, near Loch Ness, Highlands, every autumn since.

Her epic journey usually takes around seven weeks, depending on weather, and Jane uses it as a chance to pop in and say hi to people she has met over the years.

She sustains herself on porridge, oatcakes, and cheese, and doesn’t need much electricity as she has an old mobile phone with a battery that lasts six weeks.

The group’s lifestyle is fairly low maintenance, with Jane digging a hole for her bathroom and collecting water from a stream for days when she can’t get milk for her porridge.

During the foot and mouth crisis in 2001, she went by bicycle instead – so nothing can hold her back.
https://metro.co.uk/2021/09/07/80-y...-pony-trek-from-hexham-to-inverness-15218209/
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"Ride a Cock horse..."

Its remarkable that this these days is remarkable.
 

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"Since 1972, Jane, 80, has been heading on this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback."

Now that's more remarkable. The horse was doing it 36 years before it was even born??
(sorry. yes I am a pedant, but if that person is getting paid to write the story, they could do a bit better than that?!)
 

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"Since 1972, Jane, 80, has been heading on this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback."

Now that's more remarkable. The horse was doing it 36 years before it was even born??
(sorry. yes I am a pedant, but if that person is getting paid to write the story, they could do a bit better than that?!)
Yes I noticed that but it’s from the Metro.. you’re expecting an unreasonable competency.
 

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Yes I noticed that but it’s from the Metro.. you’re expecting an unreasonable competency.
Also she must be going in a very round about route as it's only 286 miles from Hexham to Inverness
 

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Also she must be going in a very round about route as it's only 286 miles from Hexham to Inverness
As the crow flies/via A roads? She's most likely taking a quieter route.
 

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"Since 1972, Jane, 80, has been heading on this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback."

Now that's more remarkable. The horse was doing it 36 years before it was even born??
(sorry. yes I am a pedant, but if that person is getting paid to write the story, they could do a bit better than that?!)
Time traveller, right there!
 

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Maybe, although the article does say '600 mile trek from Hexham to Inverness' but I agree she would be making a 600 mile approx round trip.
Don't forget, a horse has four legs so for them it's like walking half the distance we would.
 

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The 600 miles could be there & back, unless she takes the very pretty route & puts the horse on a train for the return.
 

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The 600 miles could be there & back, unless she takes the very pretty route & puts the horse on a train for the return.
At some point she cycled instead so perhaps she or the horse got the bike back out of the shed and did a few miles on that. No harm in it.
 

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At some point she cycled instead so perhaps she or the horse got the bike back out of the shed and did a few miles on that. No harm in it.
The horse on the bike you mean? Hadn’t thought of that.

Says she did the bike in 2001 - she would’ve been 60 then. Gotta doff your cap to a woman of that age cycling 300 miles & camping on the way.
 
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