London-2-London: Expedition Launch

Sarah Outen kayaking (Photo:

At 1pm tomorrow, Friday 1st April, Sarah Outen will begin her two and a half year journey around the world from Tower Bridge, London.

Departing by kayak from beneath the bridge, Sarah and Justine Curvengen will be paddling downstream along the Thames. Over the following three days they will make their way towards Dover before crossing the English Channel for Sarah to begin her cycle across Europe and Asia.

She is inviting people to come down and wave her off. If you can make it then your options for the best view are either on Tower Bridge itself, along Butler’s Wharf on the south bank or at St Katherine’s Docks on the north bank.

At one o’clock a horn will sound and Sarah’s expedition will begin. I hope those of you able to attend in person will mark the occasion appropriately.

Once she’s on her way you will be able to track her progress on a world map, follow her Twitter updates, read her blog posts and listen to podcasts from the road. It may take a few days before all of these functions get smoothed out but you’ll soon be living her adventure vicariously from your computers.

See you tomorrow.

(Photo courtesy of Nigel Millard)

About Tim Moss

Logistics Manager for the L2L Expedition, Tim runs adventure website The Next Challenge offering free advice and support for anyone planning an expedition or dreaming of one.
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8 Responses to London-2-London: Expedition Launch

  1. Tristan says:

    Good Luck Sarah!

    Sorry I can’t be there to see you off, but will be following your progress and wishing you luck, fair winds and fun times.


  2. Alex Smirnov says:

    Well then, good luck and stay safe. I will be following your travels on twitter.

  3. Hello Sarah,

    Good luck to you! Unfortunately I am too far from the UK to visit London today but I am with you. I will follow your entire journey.

    My kindest regards,
    Tamas (el-amigo)

  4. Eleanor Nicholson says:

    Good luck!
    Trying to escape from work to wave you off, but a metaphorical wave if I can’t. Have an amazing journey.
    Ellie x

  5. Will Unwin says:

    Hi Sarah,

    What a fitting way to start your journey! A privilege to be there and thrilled to have played a small part. The numbers of people who turned up provide testament of the support you have for your epic journey. Paddle hard and we wish you all the best… paddle hard!! ;-D


  6. Farouk says:

    Good luck young lady on your Herculian endeavor. Do keep the blog going as I shall be following your journey.

  7. Andy, Meriel, Sam and Amy says:

    We had a card, everything was set up to say goodbye and to wish you luck on your epic journey . . . but we missed you. Sorry. Anyway, thank goodness for technology – “Good luck and have a fantastic time”

  8. Christine & Kathleen says:

    Dear Sarah, Nleson and Justine

    What a wonderful send off. It couldn’t have gone any better. We were all so proud to be part of it and it was really great to met so many lovely folks.

    Have a great journey which we will have the priveldge of sharing with you, we shall be folowing every day.

    Just enjoy youself and take great care.

    Looking forward to hearing your blogs.


    Christine & Kathleen

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