Despite frostbite, double pneumonia, a breast cancer scare, and nearly 30 marriage proposals from miscellaneous strangers, Rosie Swale-Pope, 61, is only a few hundred miles from completing her 20,000 mile around the world journey. She started out in 2003 at her home in Wales after the death of her husband from prostate cancer, reports the Times of London, and has subsequently run across the continents, and sailed the intervening oceans. Of her 29 marriage proposals, the self-effacing Rosie says, "I think most of them were simply because I looked strong and handy for hauling logs and things. I had nine in Poland alone." This isn't Swale's first time in the press for her death-defying feats. In the '70s, she made headlines for yachting around the world โ€” and sailing through the Caribbean in her birthday suit. Her more recent round-the-world trip will land her in the Guinness Book of World Records, and included two filling-cracking winters in Siberia.

Though the physical hardships were many, Swale remains "full of beans." In a way, her voyage has really been an extremely long and arduous musing on the nature of grief, as she did embark on this in the wake of her husband's death. "The purpose of my journey has been to highlight the preciousness of life. I had to do something and this was a small thing really - just putting one foot in front of the other."

Adventurer, 61, Lands In Britain For Last Leg Of Her Global Run [Times of London]