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This is a brief overview intended as a quick reference guide. For more detailed information on each expedition leg go to the logbook.

>> JULY 1991: Steve Smith invites Jason Lewis to collaborate on an expedition to circumnavigate the planet using only human power. Pedal for the Planet (now Expedition 360) is born.

>> 1992: THE EXPEDITION IS FOUNDED with the support of the Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC, London). HRH The Duke of Gloucester agrees to be patron. Steve raises start-up funds by completing a sponsored solo bike ride from London to the Sahara desert (1700 miles) in 16 days.
>> 1993-4: PEDAL BOAT MOKSHA IS DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED at the Exeter Maritime Museum in Devon, England, by Hugo Burnham and Chris Tipper. Jason and Steve work at the CEWC offices in London; soliciting equipment and cash sponsorships, planning the route, building the framework for visiting schools en-route etc. Maria Stubbs, Stuart and Sylvia Smith and Sebert and Gillian Lewis provide key support.
>> JAN 1994: OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MOKSHA by HRH The Duke of Gloucester into the River Thames in London.
>> JULY 1994: STEVE AND JASON DEPART ON BIKES 12th July from the Greenwich Meridian Line in London, England (zero-degree line of longitude). They reach Rye on the south coast from where they launch Moksha the next day to pedal 33 miles across The Channel to Boulogne, France.
>> JULY to AUGUST 1994: OVERLAND SECTION BIKING from Boulogne to Lagos, Portugal. Along the way the pair pass through Paris and meet with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) who offer to help with coordinating schools' visits around the world. Steve and Jason also visit children's summer camps in France, Spain and Portugal; giving talks about the expedition to inspire young people to also live their dreams.

>> SEPT 1994: STEVE AND JASON ARRIVE IN THE TOWN OF LAGOS on the Portuguese Algarve. This is to be the launching point to cross the Atlantic Ocean to Miami.

>> SEPT to OCT 1994: ATLANTIC PREPARATIONS GET UNDERWAY for the 4300-mile crossing.
>> OCT 1994: MOKSHA DEPARTS LAGOS. 14 days later Moksha stops off in Madeira (600 nautical miles (nms) to the SW) for a week to repair the skeg and faulty video camera.
>> JAN 27th 1995: AFTER 84 DAYS AT SEA, Steve and Jason arrive on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (just south of the Bahamas) to restock on food.
>> FEB 1995: STEVE AND JASON MAKE LANDFALL IN MIAMI, Florida to international press reception - 111 days pedaling from Lagos. They are the first people to pedal the Atlantic Ocean from East to West. American Dwight Collins first pedaled the Atlantic from West to East.

>> FEB-MAY 1995: FUNDRAISING AND SCHOOLS' VISITS in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

>> JUNE 1995: STEVE AND JASON DEPART FT. LAUDERDALE overland across the US bound for San Francisco. Steve uses a bike, Jason In-line skates (rollerblades). After St. Petersburg. Florida they part ways - seeking a much needed break from each other. Steve travels a southerly route and is joined by girlfriend Eilbhe Donovan from S. Ireland - also on a bike. Jason takes a mid-continent route.
>> SEPT 1995: JASON IS RUN OVER BY A CAR in Pueblo, Colorado breaking both legs. It takes 9 months for him to recover. Steve's father Stuart looks after him on surgeon Dr. Danbury’s buffalo ranch in the mountains.
>> OCT 1995: STEVE AND EILBHE ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO and start preparing for the next leg until Jason catches up.
>> APRIL 1996: JASON AND BOAT BUILDER CHRIS TIPPER TOW MOKSHA across country from storage in Florida to San Francisco. They then bike the 1700 miles back to Colorado. This proves to be good physiotherapy for Jason's legs.
>> JUNE 1996: JASON AND LOCAL 5TH GRADE TEACHER APRIL DEPART PUEBLO from the spot where Jason was mown down to finish his cross country skate to San Francisco. April rides a bike carrying the equipment and supplies while Jason skates along side for protection.
>> SEPT 1996: JASON AND APRIL ARRIVE 7 weeks later at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.
>> SEPT 96-FEB 1997: PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR THE NEXT LEG; overland by bike through Central America to Peru. The plan is to then have Moksha shipped to Peru ready to be pedaled across the South Pacific to Australia using the anticlockwise currents. While the team bike south, Moksha is put on public display at the Monterey Maritime Museum with Stuart Smith as fund-raiser and coordinator.
>> FEB-JUNE 1997: JASON, JENNY MACKENZIE (Redwood City, CA), Ollie Briche and Carole Servant (France) bike California Highway 1 to San Diego, through Baja, Mexico, before being joined by Theresa Ortolani (San Francisco) to cross the Sea of Cortez to mainland Mexico by kayaks. Jason then continues alone through the remainder of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
>> AUG 1997: THE CENTRAL AMERICAN LEG HAS TO BE ABANDONED after it becomes evident that the strong effect of the 1997 El Nino has reversed the winds and currents in the South East Pacific, making it impossible to pedal across that particular ocean region. Jason returns from Honduras. An alternative route across the Pacific from California to Australia is planned. This option is far less preferable however due to counter-currents in the ITCZ/doldrums.
>> OCT-NOV 1997: JASON AND STEVE DECIDE TO LET A COUPLE OF OTHERS have a go at pedaling to Hawaii to allow more time to develop the educational programs that are becoming more and more an integral part of Expedition 360. John Walker (UK) and Casey Dunn (US) team up to pedal to Hawaii.
>> NOV-DEC 1997: JOHN AND CASEY PEDAL 140 miles out from Monterey before being driven back by a southerly storm. They are towed the last 20 miles by Morro Bay coast guard. Moksha is left on a mooring buoy in San Simeon cove while John and Casey are taken safely back to Morro Bay. In the ensuring storm Moksha capsizes on the mooring and fills with water due to large holes having been ripped from the deck.
>> 6-DAYS PASS BEFORE IT IS SAFE ENOUGH to attempt salvage. After 10 hrs of struggling in near freezing water and minimal equipment the boat is eventually self-righted and taken to Morro Bay by the team.
>> MAR 1998: Steve and Jason begin preparations for a third attempt at crossing the Pacific, this time together. Steve resurrects Moksha from a dilapidated state while Jason secures the replacement of destroyed equipment from existing sponsors. Curriculum entitled 'The Classroom Expedition' is developed: 9-11 year olds will follow the expedition via satellite and integrating Jason and Steve's experience with classroom studies.
>> SEPT - NOV 1998: JASON AND STEVE TAKE 53-DAYS to pedal from the Presidio Yacht club in San Francisco to Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. School visits and cultural exchange programs on the island are initiated.
>> FEB 1999: JASON, STEVE, EDIE LEITNER (CA), Travis Perkins (CA - 12th grade student), Scott Morrison and Avery (Kona, HI) hike 80 miles across the big island from Hilo to Kona in 4 days.
>> FEB 1999: STEVE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO LEAVE the expedition and pursue other interests including a sustainable development project in New Zealand. Jason prepares to cross the remainder of the Pacific solo.
>> MAY 3RD 1999: JASON AND MOKSHA depart Kailua-Kona on the east side of the island bound for Tarawa - a small island atoll in the Republic of Kiribati (a chain of 33 atolls), 2,200 miles to the southwest. The voyage is expected to take approximately 60 days.
>> JULY 1999: 73 DAYS LATER JASON ARRIVES IN TARAWA. The voyage has taken much longer due to being trapped by countercurrents in the ITCZ for two and a half weeks. Jason also contracted septicemia (blood poisoning) half way and is lucky to survive. Maurice Jacobsen (US media team) and April fly into film Moksha's arrival and coordinate school's activities.
>> SEPT-APRIL 2000: THE EXPEDITION IS ON HIATUS during the southwest Pacific typhoon season.
>> APRIL 2000: CHRIS TIPPER (one of the original boat builders) JOINS JASON on Tarawa to pedal the 1,100 miles to the Solomon Islands. Jason is looking forward to company again after the isolation of the previous voyage.
>> JULY 2000: WITH THE SOLOMON ISLANDS EMBROILED in a worsening state of civil unrest, Jason and Chris eventually manage to land on the central island of Tulagi, a safe-haven from the fighting between the Malawian Eagle Force (MEF) and Guadalcanal militia.
>> JULY 2000: APRIL MANAGES TO FLY IN and Chris fly out on the only airplane (operated by Air Nuiguini) that uses a temporary lull in the fighting around the airport to land and take off again.
>> JULY-AUG 2000: JASON AND APRIL DEPART from Tulagi to pedal the remaining 1,100 miles to Australia. After 32 days of constant battling against the SE trades and NW flowing current they are still 130 miles north of their intended landfall of Cairns. With April in desperate need of medical help and the boat just a few miles from being shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef they call on Kenny Brown (the expedition cameraman) for assistance.
>> AUG 2000: KENNY ARRIVES JUST IN TIME with a hired support craft to tow the boat off the reef to the safety of Lizard Island. April is flown to a hospital in Cairns while Jason and Moksha make it the last 60 miles north to Port Douglas.
>> SEPT -MAY 2000: JASON FUNDRAISES FOR AUSTRALIAN LEG in the Cairns/Port Douglas area. Moksha is put on display in a local shopping centre to attract potential buyers of expedition t-shirts and names on the boat. Jason also starts planning a 100-day mountain bike trek through the heart of the Australian outback, from Cairns, Queensland via an antipodal point west of Alice Springs to Darwin in Northern Territory.

>> JULY 2001: JASON ATTEMPTS TO KAYAK the gap of 30 nautical miles to the mainland from where Moksha was towed through the Great Barrier Reef. After only 13 miles the rudder snaps off and the kayak starts sinking. Cameraman Todd Paulsen rescues Jason in his own kayak.

>> JULY-OCT 2001: JASON IS JOINED BY AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM of teenagers and professional educators to ride 3,000 miles through the Australian Outback. As well as riding 100kms per day the students, under teachers supervision, develop daily lesson activities in maths, science, geography, history, IT and Sustainable Development that are uplinked to the expedition website for classrooms to utilize. 88 days later they arrive in Darwin.
>> OCT 2001-MARCH 2005: FACED WITH OVER $45,000 from the Pacific and Australian legs Jason works regular jobs for over three years to pull the expedition out of bankruptcy.

>> APRIL 2005: JASON RETURNS TO SETTLE THE SCORE with the Coral Sea, kayaking from Lizard Island to mainland Australia to keep the human powered circumnavigation thread unbroken. Upon landing on the Queensland coast, approximately 100-miles north of Cooktown, his kayak is attacked by a 17-foot saltwater crocodile.

>> MAY 2005: California native Lourdes Arango joins Jason to pedal Moksha 450 nautical miles across the Arafura Sea from Darwin to Dili on the island of East Timor.
>> JUNE - NOV 2005: Lourdes and Jason are joined by April and Chris Tipper for a 6-month, 3,000 nautical mile island hopping adventure by kayak and bicycle up the Indonesian chain of islands to Singapore. Jason is attacked by bandits north of Palembang on the island of Sumatra.
>> MAY - NOV 2006: following more fundraising Jason bikes northwards through Malaysia into Thailand. Melissa Mak, an Outward Bound instructor from Singapore, joins in Bangkok to ride through Laos as far as southern China. Jason then continues alone up onto the Tibetan Plateau to avoid Myanmar. After crossing the Himalayas into Nepal and southwards through India he arrives in Mumbai, 10,000kms later.
>> FEB 2007: AFTER PREPARING PEDAL BOAT MOKSHA, which has been shipped independently from Singapore, Jason and old friend Sher Dhillon, an Indian national, depart Mumbai and pedal 2,000 miles across the Arabian Sea to Djibouti in NE Africa in 46 days.
>> MAR - JULY 2007: THE AFRICAN LEG BEGINS FROM DJIBOUTI. Jason will ride solo through Ethiopia to Sudan, paddle a canoe or kayak across Lake Nasser to Egypt, then continue northwards by bike through Jordan, Syria to Istanbul in Turkey.
>> JULY - OCT 2007: ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL Jason will reach Oostend in Belgium by the second week of October, before the European winter sets in.
>> OCT 2007: THE COMPLETION: Moksha will be waiting in Oostend ready to pedal cross The Channel and up the River Thames to finish crossing the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory where the circumnavigation started over 13 years ago. Total distance - 40,000+ miles.





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