Moksha Gets a Makeover

Some of you might remember Moksha’s high vis orange paint job for Expedition 360, and the names of hundreds of individual supporters printed either side of the hull.

That was then. Now for our #GB360 series of expeditions officially starting around Wales next week, we’ll be working with artists we meet along the way on a graphic series entitled “Fading from View.” The project aims to highlight lesser known animal and plant species indigenous to the UK that are literally fading from existence due to the overbearing pressure of just one species – our own.

We’ll be discussing why these organisms are important, both to overall biodiversity and our own ability to survive longterm as a species. Ultimately it is the little things that run the world, fragile lifeforms to which our own fate is inextricably linked. 

Over the last week we got to work with wildlife artist @Eilbhe Donovan from @sevenheadsstudio on the first round of threatened species celebrated on Moksha’s hull. 

The Grey Long-Eared Bat (Plecotus austriacus) is one of the UK’s rarest mammals. They are intelligent animals that hunt for moths and other insects by night over wildflower meadows along the south coast of England. They are long-lived and social, the females giving birth to their single babies in maternity roosts. But there could be as few as 1,000 of these bats left, and we know their numbers are still falling.

Why are they endangered?

Due to industrial farming practises, the grassland these bats need has been lost from most of our countryside in the last century, making it difficult for them to find safe routes between their roosts and the places where they can find food.

Why are they important?

Bats eat flies, moths and other insects and thereby control insect populations very effectively. Some bats also serve as pollinators and help distribute the seeds of important plants, so they can reproduce and create more fruit for us humans to eat and enjoy. Without pollinating and seed-dispersing bats, many ecosystems would gradually die.

Want to help?

The Back from the Brink project, led by the Bat Conservation Trust, is working with landowners to retain precious habitat. You can volunteer to help monitor the Grey Long-eared Bats in your local area to ensure they have the habitat they desperately need.


The Great English Sewage Scandal

Ever heard of “sewage fungus”? Probably not. But it’s something to be aware of next time you feel like taking a dip in an English river.

Chances are you’ll be swimming in a toxic soup of untreated sewage that includes human excrement, condoms, sanitary pads, and toilet paper, not to mention microplastics and antibiotic resistant bacteria.

This according to The Guardian newspaper, who recently revealed that England’s nine water companies dumped raw sewage into rivers and watercourses on 204,134 occasions in 2019, totalling 1.53m hours. The discharges caused widespread fish kills, habitat destruction, and endangered human health with deadly diseases such as leptospirosis. Continue reading

Dark Waters adapted for Young Adults

It’s 10 pages lighter without the coarse language and bad behaviour, but the trade-off is we now have a version of the Expedition 360 story suitable for Young Adults, published June 1 by BillyFish Books. Supplemented with an educator discussion guide, the first volume in The Expedition trilogy is aimed at 13 through 18-year-olds (although there’s no reason why anyone of any age can’t enjoy it, including grandparents).

Young Adult version of Dark Waters by Jason Lewis

Inevitably, this meant the Plumb Line story from day 92 of the Atlantic crossing (think pus thirsty maggots and sensitive body parts) had to be axed, along with several other anecdotes likely to raise the eyebrows on a concerned parent or teacher. But there’s still enough raw adventure in there to (hopefully) hold the attention of the average fifteen-year-old.

Dark Waters (adapted for Young Adults) is available worldwide through local bookstores and online retail outlets. Here’s a list, or search under ISBN 9780984915576.

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Stuart Smith 1939 ~ 2016

Some sad news to share with you all: Stevie’s father Stuart lost his battle with terminal cancer a week ago last Wednesday. He died peacefully in his sleep.


Stuart was one of the early driving forces behind the expedition. When few others took Steve’s embryonic idea seriously, Stuart became a walking, talking evangelist for Pedal for the Planet (the original project name), especially in his local watering hole. His infectious enthusiasm regularly convinced customers to hand over ten pounds for a vinyl name on a boat that didn’t even exist yet. This was the early seed money that helped purchase materials to start building Moksha, the unique craft that Steve and I would use to cross the world’s oceans by human power. Continue reading

Stem Cell Treatment & High Mileage Expeditions

“What is it like transitioning from a multi-year expedition back to regular life?”

This has been a frequent question since completion of my thirteen-year circumnavigation, and I usually talk about the psychological implications of coming home: of reintegrating back into society, of refocusing from the primary motivation of making miles west, and reacquainting myself with family and old friends.

Pedal boat Moksha powered by adventurer Jason Lewis heading out in the Atlantic wilderness on the Expedition 360 human-powered circumnavigation

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Dark Waters finalist for ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Awards


March 11, 2013—ForeWord Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Book of the Year Awards. The finalists were selected from 1300 entries covering 62 categories of books from independent and academic presses. These books represent some of the best books produced by small publishing houses in 2012. For a full list of the finalists, searchable by genre, Continue reading

Outside Magazine Q&A

It’s not often the media allows you to scratch below the surface of an expedition. Normally they just want the facts, best and worst moments, quarrels between team members – the usual tabloid drama. This time I got to delve a little deeper, revealing, amongst other things, regret for not valuing time with my late father. He tried introducing me to the wilderness, but as an immature teenager with authority issues I didn’t care.

My loss. My Perfect Adventure >>

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THE EXPEDITION wins the 2012 Southern California Book Festival Award!


HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 17, 2012)  The story of a man’s amazing journey trying to circle the world using just the power of the human body has been selected as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Southern California Book Festival, which honors the best books of the fall.

“The Expedition: The True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth” is the first of an anticipated trilogy by Jason Lewis, the intrepid globe trotter. Lewis used his expedition to reach out to thousands of school children, calling attention to their shared responsibility for the earth.

But the book is also a tale of human triumph and foibles, and is laugh-out-loud funny at times, gripping adventure in others. The page-turning work is thoroughly entertaining. Continue reading