One of the major events that took place in the world of adventure while I was away in Egypt was Freya Hoffmeister’s completion of her attempt to circumnavigate around South America by kayak. The German paddler reached Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 1, bringing to conclusion at long last her nearly four-year long effort to become the first person to accomplish that feat.
Freya originally set out from Buenos Aires back on August 30, 2011. Traveling south along the Atlantic coastline, she eventually navigated through the treacherous Strait of Magellan and around the infamous Cape Horn, to reach the Pacific Ocean. At that point, she turned north and paddled all the way up South America’s Pacific Coast before turning east to pass through the Panama Canal. From there, she managed to return to the Atlantic, and started the long arduous journey back to starting point.
Regular readers of this blog will know that this isn’t Freya’s first circumnavigation of a continent. She also managed to paddle completely around Australia back in 2009, becoming just the second person to do so. But that epic journey wasn’t enough to keep her off the water for long, and she soon hatched an idea to circle her second continent by kayak. The South American journey got underway two years later, and now it is finally finished.
Upon arrival at the finish line last week, Freya was met by an array of Argentine dignitaries and will-wishers. Several ships escorted into the harbor in Buenos Aires, where a small crowd was on hand to welcome her.
It is unclear if this will be the end of Freya’s waterborne adventures at this point, but I wouldn’t put it past her to be planning another epic journey in the future. For now, I’m sure she’s happy to have completed this expedition at long last, and is enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation.
Congratulations to Freya on a job well done. She is an inspiration to many.
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