First solo circumnavigation of the globe using human power
Erden Eruc
United States (Bodega Bay)

The first man to circumnavigate the globe solo using human power is Erden Eruc (Turkey). He did it by rowing, kayaking, hiking and cycling, from pier to pier in Bodega Bay, California, USA. The journey lasted 5 years 11 days 12 hrs 22 min, between 10 July 2007 and 21 July 2012 and included cycling three continents – North America, Australia and Africa; and rowing three oceans – Pacific, Indian and Atlantic.

“The challenge was keeping myself mentally acute, managing discomfort. I’m not trying to conquer nature; I’m trying to be in harmony with it. I’m trying to become the sea,” said Erden.