Two history-making former University of Puget Sound rowers will soon set out on their newest adventure.
Two years after becoming the first Americans to row across the North Atlantic, Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner plan to row around the Olympic Peninsula.
The men will leave from Gig Harbor on Aug. 4 and row counterclockwise around the peninsula. The Adventure is expected to last two-three weeks.
There route will take them through Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Pacific Ocean. They then plan to return to the sound via Grays Harbor and inland rivers.
“Sections of the river will test the rowers’ route finding abilities, but dazzle them as they encouter jungle-like waterways, lush wetlands, over 40 bird species and rare indigenous wildlife,” said a statement released by the men on Monday night.
The trip is a training row for their 2011 expedition when they plan to row 7,000 miles from New York to Nome, Alaska.