Another guest speaker at A Night of Adventure (taking place in London tonight) is Dave Cornwaite, who first started taking part in extreme expeditions in 2005, when he skateboarded the length of Great Britain.
His latest adventure involved driving 1,000 miles from Memphis to Miami on a 200 pound bike-car, a unique device that relied on his own strength to get him across the United States. This was part of Expedition1000, a series of 25 non motorised journeys, each equalling 1000 miles – the equivalent to the circumference of the Earth around the Equator.
Dave has Kayaked the murray River in Australia and paddleboarded both the Mississippi River and Lake Geneva. But in his latest adventure, which he completed at the end of last month, Dave was faced with a whole new set of challenges that adventuring in the wild does not bring.
‘I was really concerned with traffic’ admits Dave. Early into his journey one of his support vehicles was hit by a speeding driver, which forced Dave to consider the road ahead.
And he did. The journey presented him with sights of wildlife he would never usually see and the opportunity to meet some ‘really friendly’ people.
Dave is now in the process of planning his next step in Expedition1000 – a 1,000 mile swim down the Missouri River, which really shocked his team:
But Dave enters into his expeditions with a rare sense of commitment. Like the choice he was faced with on the roadside in Memphis, quitting does not seem to be an option with him. His team says:
‘It remains to be seen whether 50 days of swimming and a 7th leg of Expedition1000 is possible, but he hasn’t failed on a big journey, and even a muddy river and the faint chance of sharks and alligators won’t deter him. This is going to one heck of a challenge’
We wish him good luck!