We Heart Our Readers: Sarah Outen, London2London

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Sarah Outen, was the youngest person and first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Now, at age 26, she’s set off again on a solo adventure to do a human-powered-only loop of the globe which she calls London2London. Leaving London on April 1st, Outen has kayaked across the Channel to France and is now cycling across Europe and Asia, then will kayak to Japan and from Japan row across the Pacific. Her final leg will include a cycle across America and row across the Atlantic to finish in London two and half years after she left. She is raising money for four charities: CoppaFeel, The Jubilee Sailing Trust, MND Association and Water Aid.

Name: Sarah Outen

Website: www.sarahouten.com

What topics do you like reading about on EcoSalon?

My internet time is so limited at the moment but I love the news & culture section. I am interested in all things about the environment.

What other websites do you like visiting and what do you like reading about on the web?

I usually look at the news when I am away it is good to catch up. I also like to catch up on other adventurers. At the moment I am following my friend Roz Savage who is in the Indian Ocean (she is currently rowing solo from Australia to India). I am hoping once we get some communications problems sorted out with a satellite broadband terminal I will have more time online.

Tell us a little bit about your expedition’s website.

I have a blog archive you can go back and read so it doesn’t matter when you join the journey. There is a journey tracker to show you exactly where I have got to. I will be updating it with more photos and videos soon.

Do you consider yourself to be an eco-conscious individual?

Definitely. Traveling the way I am by bike and rowing across oceans focuses you on sustainability. You need to think of your own energy – do I have enough water and food? I am very connected with how much waste I am producing. Every night I collect my trash and then in the morning have to find a bin. Then 1km down the road you see the massive rubbish tip. In the boat you have all your trash for six months with you. I love traveling this way – you’re so close to the landscape and wildlife and feel every bit of the journey. I have a really intimate connection with everything around me. It is unique.

What inspires you to keep going when things get tough?
I use memories of people to motivate me. Mostly the solution is found by breaking the task up into tiny tiny steps and moving forward little by little. It’s just about keeping the balance stacked up with positives.

When are you happiest?

At the end of a day’s cycling I love getting the tent up, sitting back and feeling content. Although other times I am very happy buzzing along making the miles and thinking ‘I am doing this.’

Image: Vikki Rimmer