Do you feel tough? Do you feel awesome? Guess what. You’re not. Aleksander Doba, in the photo above, is tougher than you could ever hope to be. Why? Let me quote.
Aleksander Doba, a 64-year-old native of Poland, took off from Dakar, capital of the west African nation of Senegal, back on Oct. 26. After 98 days, 23 hours, 42 minutes at sea, Doba and his custom 23-foot-long, 39-inch-wide human-powered kayak landed at Acaraú, a city on Brazil’s northeast coast. The trip covered some 3,320 miles in all, and Doba became only the fourth known person to accomplish such a feat, and the very first to do it nonstop.
Are you an American and utterly ignorant of geography? Let me provide a map for you.
Holy shit. This guy is so bad ass you are probably hiding under your covers right now worrying that he’s going to come after you if you drink all the vodka. Be careful. This man exists.
Read more about it here: 64-Year-Old Kayaker Completes Trans-Atlantic Voyage
Oh, you’ve been to Europe? Boring. Do you want to read the intro paragraph for the most killer obituary I’ve ever read?
Sure you do.
At 17, he was living with natives in the South American jungle and, like them, wore a loincloth, got traditional tattoos, ate monkey and danced with the gods. He fell in love with a beautiful young woman, Mina, who reciprocated. They married. She soon died of malaria, and the young man pondered suicide.
Right? That makes all your vacations to warm places seem utterly banal, doesn’t it?
Read the rest of the obituary on The New York Times. This guy was epic.