Who was the first around the world?
Sailing, driving, flying, walking, cycling, swimming?
Every year, the race is on to be the first or the fastest around the world
|The Age of Discovery was led by the the great sea adventurers in their search for a route to spice markets of the Far East. They started the race to be first to circumnavigate earth.||In 1924, four Douglas World Cruisers and eight American crewmen set out from Seattle to attempt the first around-the-world flight. 175 days later three of the aircraft completed the flight. Nine years later, another American did it in only 7 days!|
|Farfetched it may seem, but when Benoit Lecomte swam across the Atlantic in 1998,he introduced a new global sport challenge: the first to swim around the world.||A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon. More than 200 years later, the quest to become the first to circumnavigate earth in a hot air balloon grabbed the attention of the world.|
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|Dave Kunst was the first man to walk around the world. Starting in Waseca, Minnesota on 20 June 1970, he completed the journey in 4 years, 3 months and 16 days. He wore out 21 pairs of shoes in more than 20 million steps to cover 23,250 km (14,450 miles). He is know as the Earthwalker |
No less remarkable was an earlier walking journey by P.L. Wingo: in April 1931 Wingo left California to arrive in Istanbul 19 months later – he walked all the way backwards!
Thomas Stevens was the first person to cycle around the world, between 1884 and 1886.
Arthur Blessitt walked around the walked carrying a 12-foot cross. And he didn’t stop there.
The Amazing Race : CBS reality show of couples racing around the world.
|Around the world in an old Mercedes-Benz |
The first known commercial around-the-world passenger may be Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Carreri. Between 1693-98 the Italian sailed to Mexico, crossed by land to the Pacific, then returned to Italy on other ships via Asia.
Around alone in a small open boat : Anthony Steward’s incredible journey on a small open boat around the world.
Mark Beaumont cycles around the world
Explorers Web – the pioneers checkpoint.