OYAMA — Unlike most people who depend on their vehicles to travel up and down the valley, Markus Pukonen put on his skis for his trek from Vernon to Kelowna. The Tofino man has made a vow to travel without using a motor for five years as he circumnavigates the world.
If that sounds unrealistic, Pukonen is already proving that it is possible. He started his journey in Toronto nearly 200 days ago, and has relied on a trike, canoe, pogo stick and other un-motorized modes of transportation.
As the founder of Routes of Change, the purpose of his five-year trip is to spread awareness on various environmental and social issues by meeting with local non-profits in the communities he travels through.
“Part of the issue with these small non-profits is they don’t have money to market themselves — some of them don’t even have websites — and that’s where I come in. I find them as I’m traveling around and I help to get some attention for them,” he says.
To learn more, visit Routes for Change.