Kulkarni Passes Half-Way Point; On Track for World Record

Vedangi Kulkarni is attempting to break the record for the fastest time cycling around the world by a woman. She is starting and completing her journey in Perth, Australia. She refers to her bicycle as ‘Cappuccino’. The current female around the world record is 144 days by Paola Gianotti in 2014.

On a highway in the Canadian Rockies.

In our last update, Kulkarni was in British Columbia heading east battling smoke from forest fires. Now she is already a good portion of her way across Canada, but not without challenges and a few colorful stories.

Apparently her instinct was to swerve across three lanes of traffic upon encountering a grizzly bear with cub at the side of the road outside Golden, British Columbia.

After her grizzly encounter, Kulkarni explains how she would prefer to bear-proof an outhouse as a safer sleeping option.

After a day of terrible cross-winds in Saskatchewan she reached Elkhorn, Manitoba only to find that the one motel in town was closed. She knocked on the door of a home next-door for information, but the family inside, a couple and their very young children, made the decision to take her in and feed her. Energized from the stay, she was well-prepared to tackle the next day.

The family with whom Kulkarni stayed in Elkhorn, Manitoba.

She has since crossed two more time zones and the last we heard, she was in the province of Ontario, with the celebratory announcement that she had finally reached the half-way point of her journey.

Despite being significantly slowed by numerous visa problems, the Australian stomach bug, and breathing problems from British Columbian smoke, she has made it 9020 miles in 55 days. If she keeps at this rate, this puts her on target for having the fastest around-the-world cycling time by a woman.

Likely in Alberta.

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