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September 30th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,vids

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Without adue, footage of the final 1,200km or so of the longest journey by skateboard. You can watch it on the Vimeo video below, or see the Youtube version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O36qc1ufk9o. What’s the difference? On some computers, the Vimeo version can be a little jerky and slow loading. But, it is much better quality than the Youtube version, which loads quicker…nothing like more choices to make life more complicated, aye?

I have really been enjoying spending time with Michele and other English speakers here in Shanghai the last couple of days. I have loved skating without a heavy trailer attached to my board. I have relished in spending some time cycling around central Shanghai while Michele skates on my board. I have devoured delicious western food. I feel revived with some cooler weather for a change.

On a bike for the first time in months in Shanghai, China

Fisheye extreme at the Bund Creative Center in Shanghai, China Michele Travierso showing how it's done in Shanghai, China

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Comment by Scott — October 1, 2008 @ 10:54 am | post a comment

Rob, mate, dude: What a long, strange trip indeed. This journey will haunt the rest of your days. Super well done, and I look forward to a few posts from New Zealand as you get back in touch with home.

Take care!


Your 'bent riding fan in California

Comment by Rich — October 1, 2008 @ 11:07 am | post a comment

You've done it, man. Congratulations Rob!!!

Comment by Jason — October 1, 2008 @ 12:14 pm | post a comment

Awesome trip, congratulation. Been following your trip for a long time. It has been a great read.

I hope we will all get to be a part of another one of your adventures.

Take care.


Comment by Peter Parnes — October 1, 2008 @ 12:41 pm | post a comment

WOW!!!! Congratulations! You made it!!!!! I look forward to all you future adventures!

/Peter, Google Sweden

Comment by Rene — October 1, 2008 @ 1:06 pm | post a comment

Gotta luv the change of transportation ! ;) looks like that bike came out of the razor scooter factory haha..

Comment by wim harwig — October 1, 2008 @ 2:35 pm | post a comment


you've done it …….

And now some "cooling down" your muscles for three weeks on your recumbent. Perfect way to end this journey.

have a happy ride home,


Comment by Keith Winnersh — October 1, 2008 @ 3:14 pm | post a comment


Comment by Ruosi — October 1, 2008 @ 3:17 pm | post a comment

Hey! You did it!!!!!!!

Welcome home Rob, take good rest and we'll see ya in good old New Zealand!!!

Comment by Laura — October 1, 2008 @ 4:18 pm | post a comment

You legend. You absolute legend. Well done, and thank you SO much. Your last video, well I'm done – that's me, I've been crying my eyes out for the last hour. Sort it out Hatwell, that's what I've been saying, but I'm so happy for you SO SO HAPPY!


Comment by Shaun Morrison — October 1, 2008 @ 4:39 pm | post a comment

Congratulations Rob — what an achievement. I have appreciated your candor in these pages.

Shaun (a 14 Degrees follower since the beginning).

Comment by James — October 1, 2008 @ 5:08 pm | post a comment

Well done, mate. I've been watching your progress, just before you left for Seoul.

Enjoy some time of your life being in one place for a wee while. No doubt, if I'm not caught up on my own little adventure, I'll tune into your next big one, whenever that may be.

"Some other beginnings come from some other beginning's end."

Comment by Chrissy — October 1, 2008 @ 6:49 pm | post a comment

WEKA! I am so EXCITED for you! How amazing are you and you've done? SO COOL!

God only knows the impact you have left on the many people you have met over the course of your journey, and on yourself, it must feel amazing. What an unbelievable accomplishment!!

Now I can tell all my friends the picture of the guy that has been hanging on my refrigerator HAS DONE IT! wooo!

I've said this before, but from the bottom of my heart, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!

congradulations, please write a book?

Sending the biggest hugs,

Chrissy xx

Comment by Tom & Shirley Sm — October 1, 2008 @ 8:12 pm | post a comment

Way to go, Congrats from Okinawa. We look forward to following your next journey or reading about this one again but in book form. What an adventurer you are. We are honored to have gotten the opportunity to meet you. Tom and Shirley Smith

Comment by kathy o — October 1, 2008 @ 8:34 pm | post a comment

I'll add my admiration and, of course, the congratulations that everyone else had already expressed. You are truly an inspiration. Lots of thoughts and prayers are heading your way…

from California, USA

Comment by brian — October 1, 2008 @ 9:38 pm | post a comment

Awesome, big congrats man!

Comment by mahmoud — October 2, 2008 @ 1:06 am | post a comment

nice one bro. very well done.

Comment by Katey B — October 2, 2008 @ 2:39 am | post a comment

I find it so funny when you say 'I've only got 60 K to skate' as to me that's a massive distance. However, when you think of what you achieved I can see where you're coming from.

All the best for the rest of your stay in Shanghai and your trip down the length of NZ. May the locals treat you right and the wind always be at your back.

Mm mmm. Lamb and honey…


Comment by maki — October 2, 2008 @ 4:28 am | post a comment


Namida Namida Namida no Kandou desu!

Comment by Kumiko — October 2, 2008 @ 5:50 am | post a comment

Omedetou! Yokatta ne.

Comment by harydial — October 2, 2008 @ 7:12 am | post a comment

Hey Rob….awesome stuff one of the best decision in your life you can make……congratulations God has been with you all the way….I am inspired!!!

Comment by Cornell — October 2, 2008 @ 9:54 am | post a comment


Congratulations on reaching your goal. I have been with you for the past almost 2 years. You have opened my eyes to what is possible and thanks for the great reading and allowing me to live vicariously through your journey around the world.

Will follow you through NZ, a country that I just loved visiting ten years ago. Take care buddy!

Comment by ChrisJ — October 2, 2008 @ 9:49 pm | post a comment

Nice work Rob.

Never doubted your journey would end successfully. Time for a well deserved break and the comforts of home.

Comment by Aunty Les — October 3, 2008 @ 1:52 pm | post a comment

Great video, Rob, as per usual. You really do have lots of video footage to use for a documentary when you get back to the land of the long white cloud.

Comment by Joe — October 3, 2008 @ 10:32 pm | post a comment

Rob –

I'm a long time reader – I've been reading your blog since nearly the beginning of your trip. I've never posted a message, but I have checked your site diligently weekly if not daily over the past two years. Your adventure has been inspirational, educating, exciting – I could go on and on.

I just want to congratulate you and thank you for sharing such an amazing adventure.


Comment by Mark — October 4, 2008 @ 1:34 am | post a comment

congrates on one hell of a mission!

Mark – The Pelican, HK

Comment by Gareth — October 4, 2008 @ 10:56 am | post a comment

Rob, Congratulations!

Have enjoyed following your trip. Come back to Dunedin soon!

Gareth (from Dunedin, currently in Vancouver)

Comment by LongBoardLarry — October 14, 2008 @ 12:10 am | post a comment

Congrats Rob

I have enjoyed reading and being apart of your epic trip.


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