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.

Below are blog entries for every day I was on the road, starting from Day 1 of the skateboard journey (actually Day 323 since I left Japan on my bicycle).


Today’s distance / ???????: 41.1 miles / 66.2km Average speed / ????: 7.3mph / 11.7km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 59m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5565mi plus 377mi (?) / 8957km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 795m Descent / ??: 950m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N37° […]

Day 739 – CHINA (QINGHAI) – QINGHAI DETOUR PART VII: ...


Today’s distance / ???????: 18.6 miles / 29.9km Average speed / ????: 5.2mph / 8.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 3h 35m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5524mi plus 377mi (?) / 8891km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 1455m Descent / ??: 500m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N37° […]

Day 738 – CHINA (QINGHAI) – QINGHAI DETOUR PART VI: ...


Today’s distance / ???????: 44.4 miles / 71.4km Average speed / ????: 9.5mph / 15.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 40m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5506mi plus 377mi (?) / 8861km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 400m Descent / ??: 885m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N38° […]

Day 737 – CHINA (QINGHAI) – QINGHAI DETOUR PART V: ...




Today’s distance / ???????: 4.6 miles / 7.5km Average speed / ????: 6.4mph / 10.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 43 minutes Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5462mi plus 377mi (?) / 8790km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 185m Descent / ??: 315m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N37° […]

Day 734 – CHINA (QINGHAI) – QINGHAI DETOUR PART III: ...


Today’s distance / ???????: 33.8 miles / 54.4km Average speed / ????: 6.2mph / 10km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 26m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5457mi plus 377mi (?) / 8782km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 1,360m Descent / ??: 125m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N38° […]

Day 733 – CHINA (GANSU and QINGHAI) – QINGHAI DETOUR ...



Today’s distance / ???????: 43.2 miles / 69.5km Average speed / ????: 8.1mph / 13km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 20m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5423mi plus 377mi (?) / 8728km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 820m Descent / ??: 45m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N38° […]

Day 732 – CHINA (GANSU) – QINGHAI DETOUR PART I: ...


As I was sitting in the internet cafe waiting for this batch of photos to upload, I managed to polish off about 1kg (2 Jin) of lychees. Lychees are well and truly in season here now, and I am loving it. I see on that Wikipedia link there that by […]

Day 731 (2) – CHINA (GANSU): Luverly Zhangye


Back in Zhangye now. Very jaded after far too long on trains, and a 20-day visa mission in Hong Kong. But I am stoked to be back, and am keen to get back on the road. 2,500km of smooth blacktop await, along with a nice 3,800m high pass to start […]

Day 731 – CHINA (GANSU): Now, where was I?



Sorry, this is really really last minute, but for those readers who are in New Zealand, check me out on Campbell LIVE tonight (Wednesday 16th July) at 7pm on TV3. Spoke to John via satellite today at the Associated Press Office in Hong Kong. Also, a story about my journey […]

Day 725 – HONG KONG: Interviews and news stories


Just a quick report of recent events here in Hong Kong… 1. Repairs to trailer hitch: Check 2. Meeting with legend local skaters: Check 3. Visa ready to be picked up: Check 4. Digital Camera handed in for repairs: Check 5. New skateboard wheels ordered from the US: Check 6. […]

Day 722 – HONG KONG: Still in big city Hong ...


// Gaze up. // Swallowed. // Jagged teeth of the city skyline surrounds. // Dizzy. // Humans, like ants. // Propel progress. // Push forward. // Power. // Consume. // Produce. // Live. // Be. // Subways smooth and chic. // Dazzle. // Cutting edge design. // Create. // Pushed […]

Day 717 – HONG KONG: Dwarfed by the city



What a whirlwind! The 30 hour train ride turned out to be 42 hours, but I made it to Rob Luxton‘s place in Hong Kong unscathed…well, mostly. I got on the 11.22pm train from Lanzhou to Guangzhou with little drama. My skateboard and trailer snugly stowed under the lower bunks, […]

Day 716 – CHINA (HONG KONG): A whirl-wind (and video ...


I guess I should be out exporing the city. I’m not. I’m in an internet cafe watching streaming new release movies for free. How this works, I do not know, but it does. See if it works where you are: http://192.168.0.251/MovieList.aspx?moviecatid=1004 Click on the ‘Play Movie’ button at the bottom […]

Day 713 – CHINA (GANSU): Biding time


The dreaded day has arrived. Time to start my way towards Hong Kong for a new tourist visa. Thankfully, internal overland travel in China is extremely efficient, and there were about 12 different bus times to choose from for the 7 hour, 500km journey to Lanzhou. The ticket was 97RMB […]

Day 712 – CHINA (GANSU): From Zhangye to Lanzhou by ...



I love cross cultural communication. What I thought I ordered was pork and cabbage. What I got, was pork, and cabbage. But when the mis-communication only costs you an extra 0.50 Euro, I’m not about to start complaining. On the order of business today was booking a hotel for my […]

Day 711 – CHINA (GANSU): Organising and resting in Zhangye


Today’s distance / ???????: 53 miles / 85.3km Average speed / ????: 10.1mph / 16.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 14m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5380mi plus 377mi (?) / 8659km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 175m Descent / ??: 100m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N38° […]

Day 710 – CHINA (GANSU): Gaotai to Zhangye


Website updating day today in the lovely city of Gaotai. I arrived back to my hotel after a five hour session at the internet cafe (five hours cost me 10RMB; that’s 1 Euro), and the place was seething with lycra-clad western cyclists. None of them could speak English. Makes sense […]

Day 709 – CHINA (GANSU): Rest day in Gaotai



Today’s distance / ???????: 51.8 miles / 83.4km Average speed / ????: 9.1mph / 14.6km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 43m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5327mi plus 377mi (?) / 8573km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 300 Descent / ??: 475 End-of-day GPS coordinates: N39° […]

Day 708 – CHINA (GANSU): From Qingshui to Gaotai


Today’s distance / ???????: 42.6 miles / 68.5km Average speed / ????: 8.9mph / 14.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 46m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5275mi plus 377mi (?) / 8490km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: n/a Descent / ??: n/a End-of-day GPS coordinates: N39° […]

Day 707 – CHINA (GANSU): From Jiuquan to Qingshui


Today’s distance / ???????: 51.3 miles / 82.6km Average speed / ????: 9mph / 14.5km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 41m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5233mi plus 377mi (?) / 8422km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 225m Descent / ??: 520m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N39° […]

Day 706 – CHINA (GANSU): From Qinquan to Jiuquan



Today’s distance / ???????: 42.3 miles / 48.1km Average speed / ????: 10mph / 16km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 15m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5179mi plus 377mi (?) / 8335km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 365m Descent / ??: 85m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N39° […]

Day 705 – CHINA (GANSU): From Rumen to Qingquan


There will be some changes. No more early mornings. After looking at how I have been travelling over the last month, I realise that I have been pushing myself to amazing extremes. Effectively I have only been getting four to five hours sleep a night. Despite the long breaks in […]

Day 704 – CHINA (GANSU): Resting in Rumen





Today’s distance / ???????: 43 miles / 69km Average speed / ????: 9.8mph / 15.8km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 22m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5053mi plus 377mi (?) / 8132km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 105m Descent / ??: 585m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N40° […]

Day 699 – CHINA (GANSU): From Xonliuyan to Guazhou


Today’s distance / ???????: 54 miles / 87km Average speed / ????: 8.6mph / 13.8km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 20m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 5010mi plus 377mi (?) / 8063km plus 606km (?) Ascent / ??: 315m Descent / ??: 385m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N41° […]

Day 698 – CHINA (GANSU): From Xinxinxia Pass to Xonliuyan