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Old 02-12-09, 10:30 AM
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The Ultimate Bike Tour | Across the Atlantic in a Pedal Powered Submarine

SOME men mark their 40th birthday by buying a flashy new car, changing jobs or finally getting started on that novel. Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself. Article in New Scientist>>>

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That looks awesome. I hope he actually makes it. I like the ocean and all but I don't really like to be in very deep water. I get a very real sense how out of place I am and how poorly I can maneuver myself in comparison to a shark etc. I would personally be worried that a large shark might think that the submarine is something edible.
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I'm afraid I might get bored after a month or so.
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Apparently this guy used a custom made pedal-powered boat in his 13-year adventure:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7022644.stm

I am not sure if he built it himself or had it built for him, but it is a cool story anyway.

The boat above looks interesting, but i don't know if i could handle being in such an enclosed space for so long.
Edit: And underwater too.....sounds scary as hell!
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Sweet ride! To bad it's not really a bike tour...
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That is insane. I wish him the best, and I hope he makes it.
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That's insane. He's planning to spend 50 days in a wetsuit, breathing through a snorkle, because this thing is a "wet" submarine...
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Anybody wanna put money on this thing every happening?
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He's also going to have a support ship with him at all times. It's not like he is going to be in the sub wearing a wetsuit all the time. It's like these people who swim the Atlantic, they swim for 3 hours, and spend 21 hours aboard a ship, then repeat.

I'd be curious how he can control raising the lowering the sub using only human power.

Still be interesting to see if anything becomes of this.
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I'd be curious how he can control raising the lowering the sub using only human power.
Read the article, it's actually quite interesting. To quote from it, "Buoyancy is provided by PVC foam packed into the shell and from air bladders that can be filled or emptied to keep the vessel at the desired depth."
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o I am so getting ready my propeller pushed sub.

Great if he can do it but wow calories trying to swim.
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I am thinking I should get my appendix removed for my next tour as well.
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