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Rutland adventurer Sarah is back on the road

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah Outen, from Oakham, gets ready to set off on the final leg of her round-the-world challenge in Homer, Alaska. EMN-140109-104536001

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah Outen, from Oakham, gets ready to set off on the final leg of her round-the-world challenge in Homer, Alaska. EMN-140109-104536001

Rutland adventurer Sarah Outen has set off on the final leg of her attempt to travel around the world by manpower alone.

Sarah, 29, from Oakham, left the town of Homer in Alaska on Sunday.

She hopes to ride her bike, Hercules, to the east coast of Canada before rowing the Atlantic to England to complete her London2London: Via the World challenge.

Writing on her blog at www.sarahouten.com, she said: “Today I felt a bit like Forest Gump, though happily without the beard. It was the crowd of cyclists of all ages, on bikes of all shapes and sizes gathered to escort me out of Homer as I fiddled with Hercules and answered questions from a journalist.

“Bright blue skies whisped with white, the ocean lapping quietly onto the beach and mountains and glaciers looking gently noble across the bay. It was a morning to make you beam with happiness at being alive, albeit a calm squeal.

“It felt poignant to hold the hand again of the bronze chap of the Seafarers’ Memorial, me in my lycra and him in oilskins, feeling a kindred spirit and connection with this mute, cold giant. It is where we have come from and where he had gone that tied us.

“My journey is of oceans and islands and watery passages – inherently salted and blued. The city of Homer is just the same, proudly proclaiming itself as ‘Halibut Capital of the World’ on the way into town. Sailors, airmen, Coast Guards, kayakers, fisherfolk – they are all remembered in this memorial.

“It was a super escort out of Homer and I am grateful to everyone who joined me and those who tooted, waved or held signs for me.”

Sarah, a former Stamford High School pupil, stayed with a generous family on her first night. She said: “My first night has also set a pretty keen standard for the journey, hosted by the lovely Doug and Sherry Sandberg near Ninilchik.

“We had lots of big laughs around the table and a feast of roast and pie while the sun painted a gentle sky through the window and the ducks chattered busily to themselves as they mustered for bedtime.

“And on we go. I had a few hills today and I think I get some real mountains tomorrow. Or maybe the next day. Who knows. The map of Alaska is so huge that the resolution will leave such detail as that to surprises.”

Sarah has so far kayaked from London to France, cycled through Europe and Russia, paddled and cycled to Japan before rowing to Alaska on the second attempt.

 

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