Mike Jones’ Solo Kayak Journey Around Ireland – Two Weeks In
Two weeks ago, we told you about Mike Jones, an amazing adventurer who is attempting to break a world record by paddling solo in his sea kayak around the country of Ireland in only 35 days. Mike set off on June 4th from Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland with only the things he could pack in his kayak, and of course the WaterBlocked iPod Nano we sent him to keep him company during his trip! Last week, Mike tweeted,
MrMike_Jones: “@HzOinside nano was great company yesterday 13hrs on the water would probably have gone crazy without the music.”
We are glad the iPod nano is still going strong, and that he is putting it to good use!
Mike is two weeks in and almost halfway through his goal of circling Ireland in 5 weeks. Although he has encountered some rough weather along the way which kept him grounded for several days at a time, he hasn’t let that slow him down. Mike has to consume an average of 5,000 calories a day to keep his energy up for his journey- though occasionally he is lucky enough to get a hot meal, courtesy of the local Coast Guard. Every night Mike sleeps in a tent, which is also tightly packed in his kayak, and rises with the sun to continue paddling toward his goal.
If you want to follow more details of his trip including a bear encounter, check out his blog, Twitter, and Facebook which he updates in the little spare time he has. One of greatest things about this experience is that you can actually track Mike’s whole journey live, thanks to a GPS tracking beacon provided by ZAGG before he left.
The best part is, not only is Mike trying to break the world record, but is also trying to raise €10,000 (which equals about $12,000 US Dollars) for the Children’s Sunshine Home and Laura Lynn House- both organizations that care for children with life limiting conditions. Make sure you stop by one of his social media pages and leave him a few words of encouragement or donate to his cause, and keep looking for more updates on Mike as he continues to complete his amazing journey!