By WILLIAM M. HARTNETT
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
CLEWISTON – Of all the paths taken by the hundreds of people who sought refuge from Hurricane Frances in a middle-school gym, surely none was as monumental, as inspirational, as essentially implausible as that of Jose Castro.
The native of Brazil is five months into an expected 2 1/2-year boat trip from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, a journey in which Castro’s legs and a pair of bicycle pedals rigged to a propeller are the only engine aboard.
Castro set out on his 14,000-mile route on March 22, powering his custom-made 14-foot pontoon boat, Liberty, down the East Coast an average 25 to 30 miles a day.