I just read a fascinating story about a woman named Katie Spotz who, at age 22, became the youngest person ever to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. Let me repeat that: She rowed across the Atlantic Ocean… alone!
Stories like that make me feel so lazy, especially when you consider that Katie has also swam the entire length of the 325-mile Allegheny River and biked across the United States. And to think that I get overwhelmed by the thought of doing an hour on a treadmill at the gym.
The 2,870 mile trip from Africa to South America took 70 days to complete. While she was at sea, she ate plants that she grew onboard her boat, which looks sort of like an oversized canoe, complete with solar paneling to power her GPS and laptop, which she used to update her Facebook and Twitter pages.
What led me to the amazing story was the fact that the first thing Katie ate after she arrived in South America was watermelon. That’s right, after two-and-a-half months at sea, battling 20-foot waves and giant tuna bouncing off the side of her boat, Katie’s first indulgence was watermelon.
Watermelon is definitely a good choice for a first meal (or any meal!), although I’m assuming it was followed by a double cheeseburger, a giant milkshake, and a large pepperoni pizza. Actually that’s what I would probably eat. It’s also why I’ll never be able to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean by myself.
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