Some things are done because, well, somebody has to do them. And somebody definitely had to do this:
Dr Mark de Rond and Anton Wright will row the entire length of the Amazon River in September of this year. If they are successful, they will be the first in history to achieve this feat.
They aim to start rowing in Peru on 1 September 2013, with the goal of reaching the Brazilian coast six weeks later.
Twenty-two hundred miles!
Actually, this seems too short by half: most non-Brazilian sources list the length of the river as around 4300 miles. But if they’re starting in Peru well, no matter. This is a major feat no matter how you look at it.
Oh, the title? It’s in here somewhere:
Don McLean did a wonderful remake of this song in 1972.
(With thanks to Fausta.)