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(Some Guy)   From Alaska to Miami - on a jetski   ( divider line
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10674 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jun 2006 at 4:14 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-06-17 04:15:49 PM  
No farkin way
2006-06-17 04:17:16 PM  
2006-06-17 04:17:16 PM  
It would be classier if he did it..

"In a brandy snifter"
2006-06-17 04:18:52 PM  
they'll follow the west coast of North America south to the Panama Canal before crossing to the Atlantic Ocean

Figures. Pussies are taking the shortcut.
2006-06-17 04:19:22 PM  
Countdown to the "unoccupied jetski found at sea" followup in 3.. 2.. 1..
2006-06-17 04:19:46 PM  
Yeah, but they're cheating by going through the Panama Canal.
2006-06-17 04:19:49 PM  
What on earth possesses someone to say, "So...we have three months to kill...want to ride from Alaska to Miami on jetskis?"
2006-06-17 04:20:24 PM  
Wow. Wish I had that kind of time to fark around doing something like that. A jet ski through the panama canal, eh? And only 250 miles between fill-ups? Seems to me there are some very long stretches of coasline between alaska and panama...they may just be SOL..hope they have a marine band radio!
2006-06-17 04:22:50 PM farked. Behold the power of Fark!
2006-06-17 04:23:28 PM  
Wow, thats a long way. I went from port huron to mackinaw before, and that beat the hell out of me.
2006-06-17 04:27:33 PM  

Aye, but the fudge is WORTH it. So are the pasties. And non-michiganders, those are not the things strippers put on their nipples.
2006-06-17 04:29:15 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Tim Callister talks with du Plessis at the small-boat launch Friday morning. Callister made sure the adventurers had contact information for Coast Guard search and rescue before du Plessis and Marais set out for a journey to Miami.

Looks like a scene from a John Travolta movie.
2006-06-17 04:30:35 PM  
If I accomplished this, I'd never admit to having done it with two guys named Adriaan and Marinus.
2006-06-17 04:31:49 PM  
"We don't really know the (North American) coast," du Plessis said.

"We've got no idea what to expect." He admitted he was nervous.

Somehow, I do not think you thought your cunning plan all the way through.
2006-06-17 04:33:57 PM  
neofox87: exactly



This is like pole sitting and eating entire cars.
2006-06-17 04:33:58 PM  
If they need to get rescued, they'd better have to pay for the coast guard's troubles.
2006-06-17 04:34:02 PM  
That's not a jetski. That's a runabout.

I was about to be impressed. Guy should get a medal if he could do that on an X2 or a 550.
2006-06-17 04:34:36 PM  
Pasties are awesome if we are talking about the same thing.
2006-06-17 04:36:30 PM  
thats like 9 straight days of jetskiing... without stopping..

have fun!
2006-06-17 04:37:27 PM  
Pasties are awesome if we are talking about the same thing.

[image from too old to be available]

2006-06-17 04:40:14 PM  
That's gonna take a hell of a lot of gas.

According to wikipedia, the average Personal Water Craft can hold no more than 25 gallons of gas -- and these guys are actually carrying more than that, and still hope to fill up every 250 miles.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like they're getting less than 10 MPG, so this stunt is going to consume a minimum of 1,300 gallons of gas each, or 2,600 gallons between the two of them.

It's a grand old 13,000 mile fossil fuel wasting wank-fest!
2006-06-17 04:40:46 PM  
Man, This would be a seriously cool way to spend the summer... I say 'Good Luck!' to these guys.
2006-06-17 04:43:08 PM  
Flaming Asshat: This?

2006-06-17 04:44:31 PM  
Me thinks we need a Yoopers of Fark group.
2006-06-17 04:49:16 PM  
I want someone to do it in a swan shaped pedal powered canoe, and start from Point Barrow Alaska to some place in Greenland, by way of going around the southern tip of South America.

Then I'll be impressed.

I would do it myself...but I have to...plans that night...
2006-06-17 04:50:07 PM  
yeah and could you write your social security number on your arm too.
2006-06-17 05:00:25 PM  
Cunning Plan?

C: A big blue wobbly thing that mermaids live in.
2006-06-17 05:06:39 PM  
I want someone to do it in a swan shaped pedal powered canoe, and start from Point Barrow Alaska to some place in Greenland, by way of going around the southern tip of South America.

Blindfolded. Non stop. With an owl.

And then do a victory lap.
2006-06-17 05:08:53 PM  
Blindfolded. Non stop. With an owl.

And then do a victory lap.

backwards, with one hand
2006-06-17 05:13:56 PM  
I was at a SCUBA shop on Catalina getting air tanks filled about 5 years ago. Some guy that looked like Spicoli walked up to us, and without so much as an introduction or even polite nod, says: "Dude - I'm riding a Jet Ski to Hawaii. Pass it on." - and just walked away. It took about 5 minutes for us to regain our composure after he left. One of the funniest things I ever experienced.

/of course, after proof-reading my post, it doesn't seem quite so funny... Oh well, "Add comment" here we come
2006-06-17 05:15:57 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Can you even tell which one is which?

2006-06-17 05:33:04 PM  
Someone needs Sailing lessons
2006-06-17 05:36:20 PM  
Great. Last thing we need down here is a couple more obese frogs.

I hope they ride straight into a hurricane.
2006-06-17 05:37:38 PM  
I just want to say...

I'd be just as impressed with an LA to Miami run!

Well, not JUST as impressed, but sufficiently.
2006-06-17 05:38:26 PM  
Blindfolded. Non stop. With an owl.

You had a pretty good Friday night too?

2006-06-17 05:40:15 PM  
And, if they make it, who cares?

/I don't
//nobody cares that I don't care
///as it should be
2006-06-17 05:42:52 PM  
Between various national navies and coastguards and pirates, they'll be lucky if they don't get shot at.
2006-06-17 05:44:23 PM  
This is a Darwin Award waiting to happen. You'd think that they might have taken a few weeks to, I dunno, study some coastal charts before going 13,000 miles. At the very least, so they know where they can stop for gas and rest.
2006-06-17 05:46:55 PM  

I'm more upset thinking of all of the fossil fuels wasted in extracting the natural resources, powering the plants where the computers and disc drives were manufactured and that run the power plants that supply electricity to the numerous servers and routers, etc.. to enable me to read that post of yours.
2006-06-17 05:48:20 PM  
Hey I just realized that this has been written about before in a song. John Denver I think, and made popular by Peter, Paul and Marinus:

"I'm leaving, on a jetski,
Adriaan and Marinus du Plessis"

I'm pretty sure that's how it goes.

/no, I will not put this beer down
2006-06-17 05:49:14 PM  
Doesn't it normally cost a small fortune for ships to use the canal?
2006-06-17 05:55:54 PM  
She only charged me $50
2006-06-17 05:57:38 PM  

Count me in.

/goes to MTU
//will probably be going there until the end of time
2006-06-17 06:14:36 PM  
So on which rocky coastline will they meet their doom?
2006-06-17 06:19:02 PM  
Will they even allow a jet ski through the Panama Canal?
2006-06-17 06:26:48 PM  
"Doesn't it normally cost a small fortune for ships to use the canal?"

I think they cut you a break if you piggyback with the larger ships. I'm no expert on this, but when I went through I remember the guy telling us about that. We were on a huge ship, and had a couple "dinky" 20 or so footers following us.
Actually, I'll leave it to someone who knows what they're talking about.
2006-06-17 06:27:00 PM  
Next year's Darwin award winners.
2006-06-17 06:27:01 PM  
I wouldn't have noticed it, but my wife was locking over my shoulder and said. That looks like John Travola (no she hadn't read your comment yet).
2006-06-17 06:30:58 PM  
Do we have a "pointless" tag?
2006-06-17 06:39:32 PM  
Seriously, I think it's cool. It's the sort of stupid, pointless, waste of time but with big risk of death thing I'd love to be able to look back on as senility sets in. Or maybe I just imagined it.

The most exciting and daring thing I did today was steal some office supplies.
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