Despite receiving this certificate over a month ago, this post has been long overdue. Simply because doing justice to a post like this is hard work. It starts and ends with thanks:
Community is the most essential factor in any successful endeavour. Without the Skatefurther.com community, I wouldn’t have made it across China and to my goal at Shanghai. Period.
Dave Cornthwaite built upon Jack Smith’s success and launched a worldwide phenomenon; long distance travel by skateboard. Thank you for the inspiration, Dave.
To know that there were still yet many others pushing themselves to their limits on boards, or bucking the trend and choosing human power over oil-power to get themselves from A to B on a daily basis was a huge motivating factor. Thank you.
14degrees.org Blog Readers
An especially big thank you to all those readers who made the effort and choice to type encouraging messages and comments during the journey. Some were faithful readers right from the start in 2006, some latched on towards the end. Whenever you did get on line with the trip, you were a huge boost to morale. This blog was for you.
All those who invited me in to stay
Many of those who invited me in to stay will never see this blog post. But to those with access to internet, thank you. Your trust is a beautiful testament to the goodness in this world.
All those who assisted financially
You know who you are. Thank you.
Congratulations to you Rob! You're journey is an inspiration to all of us who dream of/plan on doing something spectacular sometime in our lives!
Congrats Rob, that's pretty special!
Rob I would like to say a very sincere CONGRATULATIONS on this massive achievement.
I'm still mentioning your record as an example for other travellers who surf our "couch".
search the world and find yourself ….
It's a long time since that first recumbent panda shot.
Well done, you're an inspiration.
Congrats on the record and the engagement Rob! Yeeeehaw!
The official certificate is firmly in hand I see. Nice work. A truly amazing accomplishment.
you the man!!!!!!!!
So awesome. Most people can't truly understand what it means to do something like this. Heck, I only made it halfway around the world on a bicycle; I can't even fathom doing it on a skateboard. Congratulations on your accomplishment and the subsequent recognition, and thank you for the inspiration you gave us all along the way.
Great to see Rob. Truly incredible effort, I daresay this record might just stand for more than a couple of years! You deserve it, fella.