Way back at the end of July I posted about the Mad Way South expedition, which consisted of four men, two New Zealanders and two Aussies, who were setting out to kite across the Sahara Desert. They were departing from Morocco and had their eyes on finishing in Senegal.
Turns out the boys made it. They finished up their journey earlier in the month, although judging from their blog posts, it wasn’t an easy go, especially near the end. Their original intention was to go all the way to Dakar, but they elected to finish up at the Senegal River, which marks the border between that country and Mauritania. By the time they reached that point, the winds had shifted to the south, and the were not going to be able to kite to their intended finish line.
Still, the team managed to complete a number of major goals along the way, and set two world’s records. Not only did they become the first to cross the Sahara by kite buggy, they also completed the longest kite buggy journey ever, covering 1342 miles in just 26 days. They also happened to raise more than AUD $40,000 for charity while on their adventure as well.
Congrats to the entire crew for a job well done. This wasn’t accomplished just by the four men on the buggies, but a great support team that helped out along the way as well. Everyone involved helped to demonstrate that wind power is a viable way to travel and that sustainable adventures can help raise awareness about environmental issues.
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