Charles Brigham was 28 when he got on his bike to go on an ecological tour of the world but could be 33 by the time he returns home to Madison, Wisconsin, in the US.
“I love bikes and wanted to travel,” he told AFP while in Paris to recharge his batteries.
“I don’t think it’s natural to fly in a plane or even travel by car. People weren’t meant to travel so quickly.”
So Brigham, who studied electrical and computer engineering but hates technology, set off in September 2007 with a good bike, US$3,000, a pair of trousers and 30kg of camping, cooking and first aid gear.
“I packed a bunch of stuff, threw a party and rode out of town,” he said.
After cycling to the Atlantic port of Norfolk in Virginia to cross the Atlantic, Brigham realized there were only freighter boats “that were not ecological.”
So he cycled to Miami instead to find “nothing but power yachts, huge gas-guzzling things that were even worse than a freighter. So I decided to become a sailor.”
After sailing to the UK via Ireland, Antigua and the Azores he eventually took a ferry ride to mainland Europe when bad weather stopped him from sailing.
“I have vowed since to completely boycott even ferry rides and I haven’t participated in the oil industry since.”
The point? “I want to promote bicycles. I’m working against addiction to speed. That’s what makes people burn oil,” he said. “I want people to realize there’s an alternative.”(AFP)
Kenneth: So is everything ready for your sailing trip?
Wilbur: Yes. The boat and crew are ready to sail.
Kenneth: Is all your equipment ready?
Wilbur: Yes. We have a new anchor and the sails have recently been replaced.
Kenneth: When do you think you’ll be back?
Wilbur: The trip will take about 10 months.
Kenneth: That’s a long time. What do you think you’ll do when you get back?
Wilbur: I have no idea. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
cross that bridge when you get to it
When you say you will cross a bridge when you get to it, you mean you will wait until a problem arises before trying to solve it.
當你說你會「cross a bridge when you get to it」，意指問題臨頭時再見招拆招。