Over the course of nearly three months, Bryan Brown traveled 2,400 miles on the Colorado and Green rivers.
He encountered fierce rapids, sweltering heat and long stretches of isolation. But he also passed through breathtaking rock formations, canyons carved over millions of years and beautiful swaths of wilderness.
Brown will share tales from his journey at two speaking engagements in Johnson County, and one in Barthlomew County. The Columbus native will present “100 Days on the Mighty Colorado River — A 2,400-mile Solo Kayak Odyssey” to the public at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson County Shrine Club.
He also will speak at 5 p.m. Monday at Franklin College.
Brown dedicated his journey to his older brother, Bruce, a Trafalgar resident who died from muscular dystrophy in 2012. The men had planned to take the kayaking trip for years but never had the chance to do it. To honor his brother, Bryan Brown completed it himself.
“I truly cannot believe I accomplished this. The odds against it were outrageously high. There’s a profound sense of accomplishment,” he said. “I’m sorry I didn’t do it while my brother was alive. I would recommend to people to not put these things off. Some things are important even if they’re not significant in day-to-day life.”
His voyage took him from Wyoming to the U.S.-Mexico border. He followed the route that renowned explorer John Wesley Powell originally intended to take. In completing it, he became the first recorded person to travel both legs of the river.
A Wall Street market strategist by trade, Bryan Brown has been an active adventure traveler throughout his life. He has hiked the length of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail and completed a 3,000-mile solo bicycle ride across the U.S.
From rounding Cape Horn in South America to snorkeling with Minke and humpback whales, Brown has traveled on six of the world’s seven continents.
His presentations will be free and open to the public.
Additional appearances in the area include 7 p.m. Thursday in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, at Hanover College near Madison and at Indiana University in Bloomington.