Adventurer Sarah Outen is putting her feet up in the Big Apple after cycling from one coast of North America to the other.
Sarah, 29, from Oakham, arrived in New York on Friday. She has spent the last six months cycling through the US and Canada on her bike Hercules as part of her attempt to navigate the world by manpower alone.
“Reaching New York city represents a big milestone in the journey, being this close to home, relatively speaking, and having survived the North American winter,” said Sarah.
The former Stamford High School pupil has already cycled across Europe, Russia and Asia; kayaked to Japan; and rowed from Japan to Canada. Sarah was forced to abandon her first attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean after her boat, Gulliver, capsized in Tropical Storm Mawar.
She is now enjoying a few weeks of rest before embarking on the home leg of her journey, which will take her across the Atlantic and back to London.
She said: “Some friends have flown out to see me so I am spending some time with them, alongside giving some talks and activities for my sponsors before the final 400 miles of riding up to my Atlantic launch point on Cape Cod, Massachusets.
“Once I arrive on the coast I have four weeks of sorting, packing and getting my boat Happy Socks and myself ready for the voyage. I hope to launch in early May, weather depending.
“Even though there are only a few thousand miles left of the journey, I am mindful that they will be challenging ones across the ocean. As ever, there are no guarantees.
“Thanks from over here to everyone at home for all your support.”
Sarah has written a diary of her travels online at www.sarahouten.com.
In recent days she has posted about the sensory overload of New York compared to the rural isolation of Pennsylvania.
Sarah wrote: “For my own part it was a novelty to strip off some layers and enjoy air on my skin rather than covering up top to toe.
“It really felt like spring was here – beautiful riding conditions and I grinned a lot, happy to be alive and nearing the goal.
“At the same time, I got emotional thinking back on the last 6.5 months of riding and all the wonderful people I had met on the way, the ups and downs, the landscapes and skyscapes – everything.”