Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet

By Colin Angus

In June, 2004, Colin Angus left Vancouver on his bicycle. approximately years later, he rolled again in, having 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 wintry weather, throughout Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then around the Atlantic to Costa Rica–a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it used to be 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 commute 43,000 kilometres with out 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 sunlight beams lower 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 monitor of the horizon. Such strength and volatility may were breathtakingly attractive, if we have been staring at from approximately anyplace 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 not easy to think that one more tropical cyclone used to be heading our means. We had selected the worst typhoon season in recorded heritage to make our five-month, 10,000 km unsupported rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, months into our voyage, it regarded possibly our excursion may possibly come to an abrupt finish.
Our voyage around the Atlantic used to be just a a part of a far higher excursion: an try and entire the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the planet. thus far 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 watching for the typhoon Epsilon to arrive us, I cursed myself for ever believing i may in achieving such an most unlikely quest.”

—From Beyond the Horizon

From the Hardcover edition.

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With the boat loose drifting, we have been vacationing at approximately 1. five knots in the direction of the cyclone, pulled in the direction of a tremendous black gap just like the Starship Enterprise—and with out Scotty to mend our engines. It used to be now past due afternoon. The cloud ceiling was once altering quickly, alternating among thick gray clouds and blue skies that defined corrugated cirrus clouds, just like the bleached ribs of an extended useless animal. The winds blew from the southeast at approximately 20 knots, and the air was once tremendous muggy, maybe 28 levels. bodies have been greasy with perspiration.

Not like the development in northeastern Siberia, mostly concrete constructions designed by way of a critical planner a continent away, the following within the south the houses have been just about all wood and seemed as if that they had been outfitted by way of the occupants. contemplating the remoteness of the tough land round, i used to be surprised on the satisfaction humans took of their icy houses. just about all the homes have been decorated with brightly painted and infrequently intricately carved shutters. The home windows harboured purple geraniums or tomato vegetation. The Hansel-and-Gretel houses could perpetually function a cow or loitering approximately with the chickens.

Yet as I approached the city’s gray skyline, prepared opposed to the horizon like a frown of damaged tooth, stories from a prior stopover at there made me re-examine even the sort of short remain. In September 2001, I’d accomplished the 1st descent of the Yenisey River and acknowledged see you later to my day trip pals in Dudinka, close to the river’s mouth. From Dudinka I flew via Air Krasnoyarsk to its mom urban. In Krasnoyarsk, i'd look ahead to the educate to Beijing, from the place i'd fly domestic finally to Canada. The teach didn’t depart till the subsequent morning, so that you could get a better price, i made a decision to stick the evening within the station instead of publication a lodge room I wouldn’t desire for lengthy.

Studying or writing sooner than going to sleep was once subsequent to very unlikely. as soon as cocooned in the vapour barrier and snoozing bag, we wanted to drag the draw twine tight, with simply our mouths and noses sticking out, protecting our fingers and palms limited in the bag. This was once the main cozy second of the day—lying hot and comfy in our high-tech sound asleep baggage without having to depend on cardiovascular job to maintain hot. regardless of the heat, every one breath of frosty air nonetheless felt uncomfortable, like breathing in shards of glass.

This distance elevated to an arm’s size. All lets do was once watch the notable sight of 26,000 tonnes of metal sliding via for what appeared like an eternity. ultimately, the transom of the tanker handed. We regarded up and will make out the ship’s identify, Norca. Julie and that i checked out one another in wordless surprise. I felt extra susceptible than ever. regardless of out boat’s radar reflector, which is helping make a bigger sign on a ship’s radar, and brightly painted shades, not anyone within the freighter had visible us, even in large sunlight.

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