Beach native Markus Pukonen sets out on five-year ‘adventure of a lifetime’

News Jul 15, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Surrounded by 60 of his closest friends, loved ones and supporters, Beach native Markus Pukonen launched his five-year circumnavigation of the planet without a motor the evening of July 13 in The Beach.

Aptly, Pukonen, whose first home was at 161 Silver Birch Ave., kicked off his adventure just steps from his childhood residence. A tree is planted nearby in honour of his late mother and his late father’s ashes have also been placed there.

“I had to come back here to start my trip,” Pukonen, who attended Balmy Beach Public School and Malvern Collegiate, told a reporter while canoeing in Lake Ontario Tuesday afternoon near the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, which is 70 kilometres east of Toronto.

“It feels pretty surreal. I’ve been dreaming about this for six years and now to make it happen. It’s an adventure of a lifetime.”

Dozens of people joined Pukonen Monday evening as he walked the first kilometre of his adventure called Routes of Change, through which he’s aiming to raise $10 million for a healthier earth.

The Monday launch was especially timely as Pukonen, who has lived in Tofino, B.C. for the last six years, turned 33 the same day. His goal was to set off on his trip by his 33rd birthday.

Pukonen’s close friend Rein Tammemagi will be paddling with him until August 1 on his recently christened canoe, Margaret Riocea, which is named in honour of his late mother, Margaret, and his two nieces, Rio and Ocea. Algonquin Outfitters gifted the canoe to Pukonen for his adventure.

During Routes of Change, Pukonen – who has gone on a number of long-haul, self-powered adventures in preparation for his global circumnavigation – will paddle, walk, cycle, run, ski, rollerblade and skateboard among other things while aiming to inspire change through communication, education, and entertainment.

On each leg of the route, he’ll be partnering with local social or environmental organizations with the goal of building the movement toward a sustainable future for generations to come.

At this point, Pukonen’s plan is to head eastward to the Trent-Severn Waterway up to Port Severn in Georgian Bay, through Sault St. Marie to Lake Superior and up to Thunder Bay. He’ll then be cycling westward to Winnipeg, Manitoba and has plans to cross that city using a pogo stick in late September.

“A lot is subject to change depending on the weather and a lot of other influencers like how I’m feeling,” Pukonen said, adding he hopes on skiing in The Rockies and swimming across to Vancouver Island.

Despite financial challenges, he felt the time was right to start Routes of Change.

“It’s just about taking that first step. Pretty amazing things can happen,” said Pukonen, who will be documenting his adventure every step of the way on social media and blog posts. People can also visit his website, http://routesofchange.org, to view a live-tracking map or to make a donation. A Routes of Change crowdfunding campaign has also been set up. Visit https://goo.gl/sCQGcy for more information or to make a contribution.

To read about his nearly successfully crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat in 2013, visit http://goo.gl/jvdPOg

Beach native Markus Pukonen sets out on five-year ‘adventure of a lifetime’

Human-powered global circumnavigation launched Monday evening in The Beach

News Jul 15, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Surrounded by 60 of his closest friends, loved ones and supporters, Beach native Markus Pukonen launched his five-year circumnavigation of the planet without a motor the evening of July 13 in The Beach.

Aptly, Pukonen, whose first home was at 161 Silver Birch Ave., kicked off his adventure just steps from his childhood residence. A tree is planted nearby in honour of his late mother and his late father’s ashes have also been placed there.

“I had to come back here to start my trip,” Pukonen, who attended Balmy Beach Public School and Malvern Collegiate, told a reporter while canoeing in Lake Ontario Tuesday afternoon near the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, which is 70 kilometres east of Toronto.

“It feels pretty surreal. I’ve been dreaming about this for six years and now to make it happen. It’s an adventure of a lifetime.”

Dozens of people joined Pukonen Monday evening as he walked the first kilometre of his adventure called Routes of Change, through which he’s aiming to raise $10 million for a healthier earth.

The Monday launch was especially timely as Pukonen, who has lived in Tofino, B.C. for the last six years, turned 33 the same day. His goal was to set off on his trip by his 33rd birthday.

Pukonen’s close friend Rein Tammemagi will be paddling with him until August 1 on his recently christened canoe, Margaret Riocea, which is named in honour of his late mother, Margaret, and his two nieces, Rio and Ocea. Algonquin Outfitters gifted the canoe to Pukonen for his adventure.

During Routes of Change, Pukonen – who has gone on a number of long-haul, self-powered adventures in preparation for his global circumnavigation – will paddle, walk, cycle, run, ski, rollerblade and skateboard among other things while aiming to inspire change through communication, education, and entertainment.

On each leg of the route, he’ll be partnering with local social or environmental organizations with the goal of building the movement toward a sustainable future for generations to come.

At this point, Pukonen’s plan is to head eastward to the Trent-Severn Waterway up to Port Severn in Georgian Bay, through Sault St. Marie to Lake Superior and up to Thunder Bay. He’ll then be cycling westward to Winnipeg, Manitoba and has plans to cross that city using a pogo stick in late September.

“A lot is subject to change depending on the weather and a lot of other influencers like how I’m feeling,” Pukonen said, adding he hopes on skiing in The Rockies and swimming across to Vancouver Island.

Despite financial challenges, he felt the time was right to start Routes of Change.

“It’s just about taking that first step. Pretty amazing things can happen,” said Pukonen, who will be documenting his adventure every step of the way on social media and blog posts. People can also visit his website, http://routesofchange.org, to view a live-tracking map or to make a donation. A Routes of Change crowdfunding campaign has also been set up. Visit https://goo.gl/sCQGcy for more information or to make a contribution.

To read about his nearly successfully crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat in 2013, visit http://goo.gl/jvdPOg

Beach native Markus Pukonen sets out on five-year ‘adventure of a lifetime’

Human-powered global circumnavigation launched Monday evening in The Beach

News Jul 15, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Surrounded by 60 of his closest friends, loved ones and supporters, Beach native Markus Pukonen launched his five-year circumnavigation of the planet without a motor the evening of July 13 in The Beach.

Aptly, Pukonen, whose first home was at 161 Silver Birch Ave., kicked off his adventure just steps from his childhood residence. A tree is planted nearby in honour of his late mother and his late father’s ashes have also been placed there.

“I had to come back here to start my trip,” Pukonen, who attended Balmy Beach Public School and Malvern Collegiate, told a reporter while canoeing in Lake Ontario Tuesday afternoon near the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, which is 70 kilometres east of Toronto.

“It feels pretty surreal. I’ve been dreaming about this for six years and now to make it happen. It’s an adventure of a lifetime.”

Dozens of people joined Pukonen Monday evening as he walked the first kilometre of his adventure called Routes of Change, through which he’s aiming to raise $10 million for a healthier earth.

The Monday launch was especially timely as Pukonen, who has lived in Tofino, B.C. for the last six years, turned 33 the same day. His goal was to set off on his trip by his 33rd birthday.

Pukonen’s close friend Rein Tammemagi will be paddling with him until August 1 on his recently christened canoe, Margaret Riocea, which is named in honour of his late mother, Margaret, and his two nieces, Rio and Ocea. Algonquin Outfitters gifted the canoe to Pukonen for his adventure.

During Routes of Change, Pukonen – who has gone on a number of long-haul, self-powered adventures in preparation for his global circumnavigation – will paddle, walk, cycle, run, ski, rollerblade and skateboard among other things while aiming to inspire change through communication, education, and entertainment.

On each leg of the route, he’ll be partnering with local social or environmental organizations with the goal of building the movement toward a sustainable future for generations to come.

At this point, Pukonen’s plan is to head eastward to the Trent-Severn Waterway up to Port Severn in Georgian Bay, through Sault St. Marie to Lake Superior and up to Thunder Bay. He’ll then be cycling westward to Winnipeg, Manitoba and has plans to cross that city using a pogo stick in late September.

“A lot is subject to change depending on the weather and a lot of other influencers like how I’m feeling,” Pukonen said, adding he hopes on skiing in The Rockies and swimming across to Vancouver Island.

Despite financial challenges, he felt the time was right to start Routes of Change.

“It’s just about taking that first step. Pretty amazing things can happen,” said Pukonen, who will be documenting his adventure every step of the way on social media and blog posts. People can also visit his website, http://routesofchange.org, to view a live-tracking map or to make a donation. A Routes of Change crowdfunding campaign has also been set up. Visit https://goo.gl/sCQGcy for more information or to make a contribution.

To read about his nearly successfully crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat in 2013, visit http://goo.gl/jvdPOg