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Adventurer Reveals How a Conversation on a Bus Changed Her Life

Adventurer Katie Spotz told Joe Rogan it was a conversation on a bus that led to the biggest quest of her life. Spotz is the youngest person to solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the amazing task in 2010 when she was 23, starting out in Dakar, Senegal, and rowing 3,000 miles to Guyana.

“I was on a bus and I was talking to someone who was sitting next to me and we were talking about endurance challenges and I was a stubborn, know-it-all 19-year-old, so of course I was like, ‘I’ve heard it all, I know people climb Mount Everest, I know people sail around the world. I know about all these things.’ And then he mentioned his friend rowed across the Atlantic and that was just stopped me in my tracks. I was like, ‘What? People can do that?’ It was so far beyond anything I ever imagined,” Spotz told Rogan on an April 2021 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Two years later, after research, training and logistical preparation, Spotz hit the water and spent 70 days alone on the Atlantic Ocean.

Learn more about Katies journey across the Atlantic Ocean, written by Tom Cleary.


May 8, 2022

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