14 Degrees off the Beaten Track is the online home of Rob Thomson, a Kiwi based in Hokkaido, Japan. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the longest journey by skateboard (12,159km/7,555miles - story here). He also previously cycled from Japan to Switzerland via Central Asia (articles here) and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. He currently spends time exploring the summer and winter backcountry offerings of Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, producing route guides and trip reports in English.
Guinness World Record Journey by Skateboard
From June 24th till the 28th of September, 2008, I skateboarded a Guinness World Record breaking 12,159km across part of Europe, right across the United States, and from west to east across China. The ...Read more »
Across the Eurasian Continent by Bicycle
From July 2006 till April 2007, I cycled 12,000km from South Korea to Switzerland via China, Central Asia, the Caucuses, Turkey, and Adriatic Sea Coast. In some ways, this was a much more difficult journey ...Read more »