Cycling Phileas Fogg in Greece

A 68-year-old Italian man, currently in Greece on his latest leg of a mammoth, 100,000 kilometer cycling journey through 100 countries on his way to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, told Kathimerini yesterday that he just felt like doing something extreme. Janus River arrived in Greece 10 days ago for the final stretch of the European section of his tour. River has pledged to camp out for the duration of his adventure and get by on a budget of less than seven euros a day. «I feel like I am a citizen of the world. I always liked adventure and traveling. I traveled constantly when I was a war correspondent and manager of athletes and artists. So, I did not want to spend my life at home and decided to do something extreme,» said River, who was born in Russia. River, who embarked on his journey four years ago, has already cycled through Latin America. In the next few days he plans to visit Ancient Olympia, the Aegean islands and Crete; the government has instructed local authorities to help him in any way they can.