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

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 path 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 used to be a brief 8,300 kilometre journey 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 area that if he can go back and forth 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 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 monitor of the horizon. Such strength and volatility could were breathtakingly appealing, if we have been observing from approximately at any place else, and if it weren’t for the truth that it was once all only a prelude to a killer storm.

It was once demanding to think that another tropical cyclone used to be heading our manner. We had selected the worst typhoon season in recorded background to make our five-month, 10,000 km unsupported rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, months into our voyage, it regarded in all likelihood our excursion may 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. to this point 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 storm Epsilon to arrive us, I cursed myself for ever believing i may in attaining such an very unlikely quest.”

—From Beyond the Horizon

From the Hardcover edition.

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