Definition of the word Nexus
nex•us [ néksəss ]
Definition:
1. connection: a connection or link associating two or more people or things
2. connected group: a group or series of connected people or things
3. center: the center or focus of something

[Mid-17th century. Latin nex-, past participle of nectere "bind"

Translated Introductions
Click a flag below for general information about Nexus Expedition in Chinese, Mongolian, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Turkmen, Persian and Arabic!
Expedition Route
2018: The continuous red line shows what has been completed and the dotted line shows what remains to be completed in our human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

About & Expedition History
USA: 2005-2006
USA
2005-2006
Russia: 2006-2012
Russia
2006-2012
Mongolia: 2012-2013
Mongolia
2012-2013
China: 2013
China
2013
Kazakhstan: 2013
Kazakhstan
2013
Kyrgyzstan: 2013-2014
Kyrgyzstan
2013-2014
Tajikistan: 2014
Tajikistan
2014
Uzbekistan: 2014-2015
Uzbekistan
2014-2015
Turkmenistan: 2015
Turkmenistan
2015
Iran: 2015-2016
Iran
2015-2016
Oman: 2016
Oman
2016
UAE: 2016-2017
UAE
2016-2017
Saudi Arabia: 2017
Saudi Arabia
2017
Jordan: 2017
Jordan
2017




Nexus Expedition began in February of 2005 at Knik Lake in Alaska. Dimitri Kieffer competed in the Iditarod Invitational Race, traveling 1,100 miles in 37 days by foot and snowshoe from Knik Lake to Nome.

From this beginning, Dimitri would embark on a human-powered journey to circumnavigate the world, progressing intermittently, according to local visa restrictions and weather conditions.

To this day, Dimitri has covered 24,215 kilometers (15,046 miles) from Anchorage, Alaska to Tala Bay, Aqaba (Jordan).

At first, trekking, swimming, skiing and rowing across Alaska, the Bering Strait and Chukotka (Russia).

And since 2011, in company of his wife Gulnara Kieffer, cycling through Far Eastern Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman and United Arab Emirates.

While in Iran, Dimitri was able to secure all of the proper permissions from the Iranian and Omani authorities so that he could be allowed to swim and kayak across the Strait of Hormuz, which he accomplished in January 2016.

Then, Dimitri and Gulnara cycled across Oman (Musandam Peninsula) and United Arab Emirates together.

Afterwards, Dimitri cycled alone across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (since Gulnara, as a female cyclist, was not able to receive a visa).

As of August 1st 2018, Dimitri is currently working with the Jordanian and Egyptian authorities to secure permissions to kayak across the Red Sea from Tala Bay to Taba Heights and being able to continue his human powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Gulnara is going to join him again in Sudan so that they can cycle down together towards the southwestern coast of Africa, where the row across the Atlantic Ocean will begin.
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