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Thrills for armchair adventurers

March 7, 1997
Web posted at: 1:44 p.m. EST (1844 GMT)

From CNN Interactive Staff Writer Liza Kaufman Hogan

Who says there are no great adventures left in the world? On any given day on the Web you can track the travels of modern-day La Salles and Lindberghs, as ordinary people attempt to set world records or reach their own heroic personal goals.


Rough Sailing

Take Karen Thorndike. She's attempting to become the first American woman to sail solo around the world and not having an easy time of it. After traveling from San Diego to the Falkland Islands, she has had to take a temporary break from her adventure to deal with serious health problems that arose while weathering a nasty storm four days from Port Stanley. She and her 36-foot yacht "Amelia" were rescued by the Royal Navy and plan to resume their trip shortly.

You can get updates on Karen's trip at the Global Online Adventure Learning Site. GOALS is also following other adventures, including Mick Bird's attempt to become the first person to row around the world.


Serious cycling

Not far, relatively speaking, from where Thorndike was waylaid, are Bill and Nancy Holmes, who are attempting to bicycle through South and Central America.

Outside Online is documenting the Seattle couple's "Andean Adventure" which they started in January in Tierra del Fuego. When they last checked in, on February 16, the Holmes were in Argentina exhausted and bumping along Route 40. Outside Online is also following the McRory family as they sail around the world, and other expeditions.

If cycling really spins your wheels, check out Project New Zealand which is tracking Mike Esordi's and John Patzman's month-long trek from Invercargill on New Zealand's South Island to Auckland in the north. The site has daily updates on their trip. Answers to visitors' questions are posted to the site.


Peak experience

Climbing Mount McKinley is no small feat for any adventurer. Imagine what it must be like for a group of resolute cancer survivors. Five of the nine Tested Positive team members who plan to scale the 20,230-foot Denali summit this summer have battled cancer themselves while others work with cancer patients. The expedition, which begins on June 10, will help raise money for children's' cancer camps.


Rolling along

Through the centuries, intrepid travelers have circled the globe in boats, planes and balloons. Why not skates? Fabrice Gropiaz of France is attempting to become the first to skate around the world on in-line skates. Fabrice began his journey last year. Having rolled from San Francisco to Charlotte, North Carolina, he is on temporary hiatus in Paris with plans to resume the European leg of his trip this spring.


Related sites:

Event Media's Adventure Online
Outside Online: Expeditions
Global Online Adventure Learning Site
Trailshead Virtual Expedition
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