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A South African couple decided to end all odds and embark on a 6,500 mile journey from Morocco to the Big Apple on a row boat.

Riaan Manser and his girlfriend Vasti Geldenhuys made the strenuous expedition in a small 23-foot row boat named ‘Spirit of Midiba’ starting 6 months ago on December 30th and ending yesterday at the Statue of Liberty.

They didn’t row gently down the stream. The Atlantic Ocean took them by surprise with the rough waves.

“We were naïve. We thought the Atlantic would be this calm little pond that you just row across,” said Manser, 40. “By the fifth day, we were saying to each other, what is going on? Goodness gracious. It should be a lot calmer. The sea was very, very, very angry.”

According to the NY Post, the exhausted couple went through 2 liters of sunscreen, used their lifejackets as pillows , and did around 3.6 million rows to get to the Big Apple!

They made pit-stops in the Caribbean, as well as Miami, where they took a short break. Their workout began early in the mornings, lasting for 8 hours, splitting between 4 hour blocks, a day. Talk about team work!

Manser and Geldenhuys relied on a small portion of food that was brought aboard and also freshly caught fish. This isn’t Manser’s first extreme adventure. He has biked the entire perimeter of Africa!

“We made it! Thanks everyone,” he tweeted.

We wonder what crazy adventure the couple will take on next.


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