Keiichi Iwasaki left home on a bicycle with 160 yen ($2) in his pocket, planning to bike the length of Japan. Tired of working in his father's air-conditioning factory, he wanted to do something memorable: continuing the trip through South Korea by ferry he has been robbed by pirates, arrested in India, nearly died after a rabid dog attack in Tibet, and barely avoided marriage several times.
He doesn't fly because, “I wanted to see and feel everything with my own skin."
National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog interviewed Keiichi two years ago, and caught up with him again last week to see how things were going. Full story at National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog: