Jason Lewis (adventurer)
Jason Lewis is an author and self-powered English circumnavigator credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power. Lewis is the first person to cross North America on inline skates (1996), and the first to cross the Pacific by pedal power (2000). Teamed with Stevie Smith, Lewis also completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power. He was born in 1967 in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Expedition 360 
Lewis set off with friend and fellow adventurer Stevie Smith from Greenwich, London in July 1994 to complete the world's first global circumnavigation, and the two dubbed the journey Expedition 360. By July 2007, Lewis had travelled over 60,000 km (37,000 mi). He successfully ended his 4,833-day expedition on October 6, 2007, having travelled 74,842 km (46,505 mi).
In mid-1994, Lewis and Smith mountain-biked 1,700 miles through France, Spain and Portugal to the port of Lagos, Portugal. Departing on October 13, 1994, Lewis and Smith then pedaled 111 consecutive days and 4,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to Miami, Florida in a wooden pedal-powered boat named Moksha.
Lewis then roller bladed thousands of miles across North America. He was struck by a drunk driver in Pueblo, Colorado, and spent nine months recovering from two broken legs. He finished the North American expedition leg in 1996.
In 1998 and 1999, Lewis and Smith spent 53 days pedaling Moksha across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco, California to Hilo, Hawaii, where Smith ended his journey. In four days, Lewis and a small group of supporters hiked the 80 miles across Hawaii.
After 73 days of solo pedaling Moksha across the doldrums, Lewis completed the Pacific Ocean crossing from Hawaii to the island atoll of Tarawa. In May of 2000, he was accompanied by Moksha's builder, Chris Tipper, to pedal the 1,300-mile stretch from Tarawa to the Solomon Islands. With the help of friend and expedition supporter April Abril, Lewis then pedaled Moksha 1,450 miles for 32 days across the Coral Sea to Australia.
In 2001, Lewis and a group of supporters spent 88 days bicycling 3,500 miles across the Australian outback, starting near Cooktown, Queensland, and finishing in the port city of Darwin, Northern Territory.
After spending many years raising funds to continue Expedition 360, Lewis was reunited with Moksha in 2005. He and expedition supporter Lourdes Arango pedaled 450 nautical miles from Darwin, Australia to Dili, East Timor.
Throughout 2005, Lewis kayaked thousands of miles through the Indonesian archipelago from East Timor to Singapore. In 2006, he biked from Singapore to the Himalayas, and biked and hiked through the Himalayas to the port of Mumbai.
Lewis then planned to travel through Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, and the Middle East before reaching Europe — encountering a problem in Sudan. The Egyptian authorities would not let him pass through their waters, and when his visa for Sudan ran out he was left with an "impossible decision". He attempted to kayak across Lake Nasser to Abu Simbel but was arrested on suspicion of spying. He was released, but the Egyptian authorities forbade him from mountain-biking the 178-mile journey to Aswan. He completed this section illegally by riding partly at night .
In July 2007, Lewis reached Syria, and then bicycled across Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, and Belgium before returning to London on October 6. Pulling Moksha in tow, Lewis crossed the Greenwich Meridian Line where he had begun his expedition 13 years earlier.
During his expedition, Lewis twice survived malaria, septicemia, a bout of mild schizophrenia, and a crocodile attack near Australia in 2005.
Lewis has visited over 900 schools, orphanages and public support facilities in 37 countries, and has used Expedition 360 to help establish numerous educational programs, extending a message of global sustainability, world citizenship and zero carbon emission travel.
- The Expedition, The True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth, Billy Fish Books 2012
- The Expedition, The Seed Buried Deep, Billy Fish Books, 2013
- Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul, HCI, 2002
- Contributor to Flightless: Incredible Journeys Without Leaving the Ground, Lonely Planet Publications, 2008
- Contributor to The Modern Explorers, Thames & Hudson, 2013
- Smith, Stevie, Pedalling to Hawaii, Summersdale Publishers Ltd., 2005
Records and Awards 
- Expedition 360 is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth, 2013.
- Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Southern California Book Festival for The Expedition, The True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth
- Teamed with Stevie Smith, Lewis was the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power, February 1995.
- First person to cross North America on inline skates, September 1996.
- First person to cross the Pacific Ocean by pedal power, August 2000.
Throughout his 13-year expedition, Lewis' friend, cinematographer Kenny Brown, collected many hundreds of hours of footage, and has compiled the work into a feature-length documentary titled, The Expedition.
In 2012, artist Kris Stacks and writer Anthony DiMatteo created a 27-page black and white webcomic based on the writings of Lewis. The free webcomic was titled Expedition360.
Personal Life 
Jason Lewis currently divides his time between England and the U.S. He regularly delivers inspirational speeches about global sustainability, and appears for book signings and readings to promote The Expedition trilogy. He also frequently writes for magazines and travel books. Lewis is a vegetarian, and a strong animal rights supporter, known for saying he "won't eat anything that has a face."
In his earlier years before Expedition 360, Lewis worked as a window cleaner, and as a member of a rock n' roll cover band. He has also worked as a ranch manager, backhoe operator, and pet caretaker. Before carrying out his 13-year human-powered circumnavigation, Lewis had never crossed an ocean, roller bladed, kayaked, or rode a bike for more than a few miles.
Television Appearances and Video 
- BBC News Featurette
- Around the world in 13 years, Newscaster: Alphonso Van Marsh, CNN.com International, British, England, 6 Oct 2007, Republished by Rogers Yahoo Video as Around the world in 13 years: Human Powered Voyage, 8 Oct 2007. Click here for Yahoo Video search.
- CBS This Morning
- The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
- The Long Way Down
- AdventureStats by Explorersweb. "Global HPC - Human Powered Circumnavigations". Explorersweb.
- "Human power fuels 13-year odyssey". BBC News. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Briton completes 13-year odyssey". BBC News. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Adventurer reaches highest point". BBC News. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Elliott, John (7 October 2007). "Back home after 13 years Jason Lewis is first man to circle world on muscle power". The Times (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010.