bat shit crazy

The Friday Files

John Martin III set out last summer to sail from Alaska to China alone in an 8-foot dinghy, a plan that sounded crazy to everyone but him.

To the surprise of many, Martin, a homeless activist who once camped out for months on the sidewalk outside Anchorage City Hall, made it as far as Russia, washing up on the Siberian coast in August.

The 45-year-old has been detained there for the past four months. Now Russian authorities are trying to deport him — but he has to find the money to get home.

Read on, courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News.