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I'm a 25-year old pilot, flight instructor, and adventure traveler, with a background in writing, acting, and modeling. I grew up on a farm in rural Texas. In my short adult life, I've been on five expeditions by bicycle, paddle, and oars, both domestic and international. Those journeys add up to a total of 18 months and roughly 10,000 miles - nearly all of which were human-powered and half of which were solo.


My motivation and mentor for these trips has always been my brother Patrick, who died suddenly in 2016. I dedicate all of my expeditions to him, and even when I'm traveling by myself, never feel as if I'm traveling alone.




I'm a 25-year old pilot, flight instructor, and adventure traveler, with a background in writing, acting, and modeling. I grew up on a farm in rural Texas. In my short adult life, I've been on five expeditions by bicycle, paddle, and oars, both domestic and international. Those journeys add up to a total of 18 months and roughly 10,000 miles - nearly all of which were human-powered and half of which were solo.


My motivation and mentor for these trips has always been my brother Patrick, who died suddenly in 2016. I dedicate all of my expeditions to him, and even when I'm traveling by myself, never feel as if I'm traveling alone.




Many people who have done source to sea descents of a river will tell you that when they got to salt water, they felt the pull of the ocean. I rowed the entire Mississippi River and she dropped me off in the Gulf of Mexico...it’s time to get a bigger boat. And if I have a boat that is capable of ocean travel, I can follow the water all the way around the world.


If I go far enough and long enough in one direction, that makes my destination the very place I am traveling away from. There's something hopelessly poetic about that.



This expedition is registered as a nonprofit organization, and any money left over will be donated to various causes that will reveal themselves as I row. I have years of rowing to think about what organization I will give leftover money to. This is not a business venture. Right now, I'm focused on getting enough donations just for my nonprofit to succeed, and when I have excess donations it will be given back to causes in need.

I am giving a lot back as I go: I will be raising awareness of the state of our world's oceans by providing a personal insight into the effects of climate change on storm patterns, seasonal winds, currents, and places that are threatened by rising water levels.


I'll also be endorsing the idea of women in solo travel. Many times when I travel people express concern for me being alone and a woman. I want to keep showing that women shouldn't be robbed of the life-changing experiences of solo travel just because we're women. We can travel alone, we can be pilots, we can be ocean rowers, we can be strong and we can go far.


This is a human venture, powered by dreamers and believers in this world of uncertainty. This expedition is a cause in itself, a cry to say, "How far can one woman go?" I am gaining nothing but the experience itself and the opportunity to share this story with others, and perhaps inspire people for the better.



“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

-T.S. Eliot



A route is considered a circumnavigation of the globe as long as it starts and ends at the same location, and crosses all lines of longitude as well as the equator. My route, roughly outlined here, meets those criteria. The proposed route starts and ends in my home state of Texas. It is about 40,000 miles and all of it will be human-powered in a rowboat.

Eve. She's a 24-foot carbon fiber ocean rowboat with two cabins. Equipped with an electrical system which draws power from solar panels to run my water maker, GPS, and collision avoidance and radios, she's self-righting and made for open ocean travel. She's built by a reliable company whose boats have proved themselves in ocean crossings all around the globe. I don't want to cut corners when it comes to the integrity of my lifeline, my boat. She is as important as me when it comes to making this expedition a success.

This really is just a human endeavor, and the raw insight that will come from it is something humanity will benefit from and could use right now. The real answer to the question of "Why?" is that I feel it is my path. And if I can inspire people to live their paths, that's how we can make the world a better place.


It is not the point but it may be noted that nobody has ever been recorded to do a circumnavigation of the world entirely by rowboat. This expedition will not only push the limits of the human body, but also the human spirit. The human spirit is one of the least understood but most needed assets of humanity, especially in these times. Think of it like we're sending an explorer out into space - except even though the explorer is traveling with a destination, they are equipped with a pen to do the real exploring with.


What will we find at the ends of the soul? I'll do my best to tell you about it.


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