When they stood on the shores of Limerick in 1691, The Wild Geese didn’t know what lay ahead of them. The seas off the coast of Ireland can be unforgiving, and they likely had to draw on all their strength to take their first steps on the journey.
In 2012, adventurers are still facing the Irish sea, one of which is Mike Jones, a Co. Cork resident. On June 4th, Mike left his hometown of Cobh in his 18ft long sea kayak. Like The Wild Geese he had a goal: to paddle 1000 miles around Ireland.
The only supplies he had for his 40 day journey were anything he could fit into his kayak, which couldn’t be weighed down with too many things.
Mike’s journey was in aid of Children’s Sunshine Home and Laura Lynn House – both charities that care for children with life limiting conditions.
Mike faced some of the toughest weather conditions in recent years. He battled wind, rain and very early starts to complete his voyage. His blog posts are remarkable reads, and Mike explains that there is a fine line between adventure and disaster:
‘It’s a simple enough idea which works as follows, you learn a new skill and enjoy doing it… a few lessons on a lake with an instructor and you get comfortable and you reach a state of play, working within you comfort zone. But you want more challenges so you enter the Adventure zone’
‘The line which separates Adventure and Miss-Adventure is at times very fine and I have on many occasions flirted on rivers and mountains with Miss-Adventure and have my fair share of epic tales as a result’
But like The Wild Geese, Mike had a journey to complete and a cause to fight for. He completed his voyage on the 13th July and was welcomed by a friendly crowd, ready to congratulate him.