Ad­ven­turer aims to be first to travel from Canada to Hawaii us­ing pedal power

Cape Breton Post - - REFLECTIONS - BY LAUREN LA ROSE

pleted a to­tal of a dozen.

Kolodziejzyk found his love of en­durance sports ex­panded into an­other area of in­ter­est where he be­gan won­der­ing about the lim­its to hu­man power.

“It was the kind of thing that re­ally ap­pealed to me per­son­ally, not only the tech­ni­cal chal­lenges — how can we build th­ese ve­hi­cles that will max­i­mize ef­fort from a hu­man be­ing.”

The de­ci­sion to em­bark on his lat­est ad­ven­ture, called “Pedal The Ocean,” was made af­ter Kolodziejzyk earned his first world record on land in 2006. He ped­alled 1,041 kilo­me­tres around a race­track in 24 hours in Crit­i­cal Power, a car­bon­fi­bre bul­let bike.

“I’m a big be­liever in con­tin­u­ally chal­leng­ing my­self with some­thing new,” he said. “I don’t re­ally have a whole lot of ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing out on the ocean, so this was some­thing that re­ally in­trigued me.”

Ev­ery two weeks, he spends 24 hours in the boat to try and sim­u­late what a day would be like out on the ocean. He’s also putting in 20-30 hours of train­ing each week, which at this point is all cycling.

De­signed by naval ar­chi­tect Stu­art Bloom­field and en­gi­neer Brian Wil­loughby, WiTHiN is ca­pa­ble of high speeds of eight to nine km/h in good con­di­tions. It is pow­ered by a drive leg which is in­serted through a well into the for­ward area of the cock­pit that turns a twobladed pro­pel­ler.

WiTHiN will dou­ble both as Kolodziejzyk’s trans­porta­tion and his tem­po­rary home while out on the wa­ter.

The 5-foot, 11-inch ad­ven­turer, who is also a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, will spend the bulk of his days in a cock­pit span­ning more than a me­tre across and roughly two me­tres from his seat to the front win­dow.

There is a sleep­ing cabin and a stor­age com­part­ment to hold more than 100 days worth of food and sup­plies. His twoway ra­dio, por­ta­ble com­puter, satel­lite phone, com­puter, GPS, iPod and au­topi­lot will all be pow­ered by so­lar pan­els and a wind gen­er­a­tor.

Kolodziejzyk plans to cre­ate pod­casts and post blog up­dates dur­ing the jour­ney, as well as trans­mit small JPEG im­ages daily.

Next week marks his sec­ond at­tempt at a sea trial of WiTHiN af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a drive leg fail­ure while at­tempt­ing to cir­cum­nav­i­gate Van­cou­ver Is­land last fall.

Kolodziejzyk and Howard will take turns in the sleep­ing cabin and cock­pit with plans to go round-the-clock for four to five days un­til they make it to Port Hardy at the north end of the is­land. An­other sea trial is planned for the beginning of April west of Tofino, B.C.

Kolodziejzyk is us­ing his ad­ven­ture to ad­dress his con­cerns about obe­sity in Canada and to of­fer sup­port to un­der­priv­i­leged kids.

He is invit­ing peo­ple to spon­sor a mile of his jour­ney for $50. For ev­ery mile he ped­als across the Pa­cific, the char­ity Kim­ber­lee’s Bikes for Kids will do­nate a bi­cy­cle to a child in need in Canada.

The Cana­dian Press

The WiTHiN hu­man-pow­ered, ocean-cross­ing ex­pe­di­tion boat is tested at the Glen­more reser­voir in Cal­gary on Oct. 24, 2009. Greg Kolodziejzyk is pre­par­ing to em­bark on a 4,800-kilo­me­tre jour­ney to par­adise — but he won’t be book­ing a flight to get there. The Al­berta ad­ven­turer al­ready holds world records for the most dis­tance trav­elled by hu­man power on land and on wa­ter.

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