By Colin Angus
In June, 2004, Colin Angus left Vancouver on his bicycle. approximately years later, he rolled again in, taking a look like a castaway, and having accomplished the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
Angus cycled, skiied, and rowed a direction that took him to Alaska, around the Bering Sea and the Siberian iciness, throughout Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then around the Atlantic to Costa Rica–a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it was once a quick 8,300 kilometre trip again to Vancouver. alongside the best way he burned via 4,000 chocolate bars, seventy two internal tubes, 250 kgs of freeze-dried meals, 31 dorado fish (caught from the sea), 2 offshore rowboats, four bicycles, eighty kgs of garments. And he confirmed the realm that if he can shuttle 43,000 kilometres with no polluting the planet, then the remainder of us can get off our butts, and freshen up our personal acts.
“We lay within the rowboat cabin because the seas swelled and the sky boiled like a devil’s cauldron. Slanting yellow solar beams reduce among black squalls, and corrugated cirrus clouds interlaced the rest components of blue. large anvil heads roiled and billowed, like slow-moving atomic explosions. Flashes of lightning illuminated the IMAX reveal of the horizon. Such power and volatility could were breathtakingly appealing, if we were looking at from approximately at any place else, and if it weren’t for the truth that it used to be all only a prelude to a killer storm.
It was once challenging to think that one more tropical cyclone used to be heading our method. We had selected the worst typhoon season in recorded historical past to make our five-month, 10,000 km unsupported rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, months into our voyage, it appeared most likely our excursion could come to an abrupt finish.
Our voyage around the Atlantic used to be just a a part of a far greater excursion: an try and entire the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the planet. to date we had trekked, skied, cycled, canoed, and rowed continuous throughout 3 continents and have been half-way throughout our moment ocean. Now, as I huddled within the dog-house sized cabin with my fiancée awaiting the storm Epsilon to arrive us, I cursed myself for ever believing i'll in attaining such an most unlikely quest.”
—From Beyond the Horizon
From the Hardcover edition.