Peacefulness is something that everyone strives for in these hectic times, which is why it is so nice to take a kayak out on the water and just unwind for a bit. However, there is also a humanitarian award, called the PIECE PRIZE, that is awarded to individuals or organizations with an active involvement in making neighborhoods, communities and cities more peaceful. This is accomplished through genuine acts of kindness and caring that help others to find their place in society. What ties this in with kayaking is the fact that the founder of The PIECE PRIZE, Mark Fuhrmann, is currently embarking on a 5,600 km solo kayak tour.
Dubbed the “Silent Heroes Tour” his journey began on the 1st of April 2017 from Oslo - Athens. The purpose of this tour is to find and contribute to local people, who they think are “silent heroes” making a positive impact on their communities. During the first half of the total tour Mark travelled through Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Bremen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels as well as Paris. His eventual destination is Athens, which will make for one epic kayaking trip in total.
The first 300 km of the journey took place on the coastline between Oslo and Gothenburg, which is spectacular, but also very treacherous route to travel with a kayak because of all the islands in the area. For food and accommodation, Mark relies mostly on tenting and sleeping wherever he can, along with fishing. His journey doesn’t just follow coastlines either as he also traversed numerous inland routes and canals. Those who are interested in tracking his progress in real-time can visit the LocaToWeb site as Mark is using the GPS tracker app to share his position. He also uses it to post some spectacular photos of his trip.
While Mark has made decent progress on his epic journey, he still has a long way to go and we wish him the best of luck on his trip.