Half Way Around the World in 1000 Days Without a MotorMalaysia - Markus Pukonen has now walked, pogo-sticked, canoed, trimaraned, handcycled, tricycled, kayaked, fatbiked, rafted, skied, SUPed, biked, rowed, sailed and danced his way half way across the planet from Toronto, Canadato Kedah, Malaysia.
The adventurer is circumnavigating the planet in one continuous non stop trip, without a motor. He has not been in a car,on a bus, train, plane, or ferryboat since he began the adventure from the Beaches of Toronto on July 13, 2015. He hasnot even taken an elevator.
“The biggest dangers to ending my journey are getting hit by a motor vehicle or falling in love.”
IMPORTANT DATE : APRIL 8TH, 2018 MARKS 1000 DAYS SINCE HE STARTED WALKING IN TORONTO.
IMPORTANT FACT : MARKUS IS NOW 180 DEGREES FROM TORONTO. ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THEPLANET. HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD.
IMPORTANT FACT : MARKUS HAS TRAVELLED 27,563 KM ACROSS 12 COUNTRIES AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Named One of Canada’s Top Modern Day Adventurers, Markus will travel over 80,000 kilometres in ~7 years in order tocomplete the circumnavigation where he started in Toronto.Along the route he is seeking out local non-profit organizations that are committed to building a healthy planet for generationsto come. Each will share his common goal of creating social or environmental change. He is raising support forthem through his filmmaking and adventure.
“I’d rather fail doing something I love than succeed at something I don’t.”
People can donate a penny per kilometre that he travels and follow routesofchange on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook,Twitter, Snapchat, and a live interactive map at www.routesofchange.org.
His goal is not one of setting records, although that is happening on his journey, but to inspire and create change in theworld around him. Markus has been presenting at schools and public events throughout the expedition and is always opento speaking to more students and schools.“One little step at a time is all it takes to overcome the greatest challenges and obstacles.”Markus has had many extreme challenges along the way. "I've pogosticked through Winnipeg traffic, skied solo throughavalanche terrain in the Rockies, rafted into ice dams that threatened to take me into the icy depths of a river, sailed soloon a 9 m boat over 8,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, once not seeing land for over 20 days, and my small fishing boatsunk on the Mekong river and my bicycle was lost.”Although he was born and raised in Toronto, Ont., he has been based in Tofino, B.C., Canada. He has now been livingfor 1000 days on the Routes of Change expedition.“I’m not trying to change the world, I am. We are all changing the world, It’s time to act upon that fact.
In Winnipeg he is supporting the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources www.yourcier.org. CIER is the only national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organization with charitable status. Our work focuses upon meeting First Nation needs, as they define them, and by sharing the tools and solutions we work with First Nations to create so they can take action to solve the environmental problems that affect their lands and waters.