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風采英雄

Issue 1
www.yeefungtoy.org/village/Heroes.html 2007/02/15

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風采英雄


難以置信的環游世界自行車手-劉益明 抵達休斯頓

經過五年多的艱難跋涉,現在單身一人騎自行車環球旅行的小學體育教師,為挑戰金氏世界紀錄, 持續五年千里單騎環遊世界,二零零六年十月十二日晚抵達休斯頓。

這位來自於中國湛江市的自行車環遊世界的勇士名叫劉益明,今年四十六歲,六年前他和他的兩位同伴王煕賢、劉永佳決定騎自行車 環繞全球, 一來是爲宣傳二零零八年北京奧運會。(他是在二零零一年十一月八日從家鄉出發開始單車環球旅行的)。

以下就是余頌輝用英文作,余浩杰用中文譯的「難以置信的環游世界自行車手-劉益明」的感人事迹報導。

Houston YFT
                Officers dinner with Liu

劉益明(中) 和休斯頓余風采堂職員合照

二零零六年十月十三日,在一個濕漉漉,寒冷的雨夜,劉益明從新奥爾良騎自行車來到休斯頓。 當他踏足休斯頓唐人街的三禾酒家,老板娘李安妮還以為他是來討一頓免費晚餐的流浪者。 他把騎自行車將環游世界一圈的雄偉計劃向她娓娓道来。他向世界宣傳二零零八年北京奥運會和歌頌世界和平的美好意愿並没有深深 地打動這位司空見慣的老板娘。 但她還是提供他一碟熱騰騰的叉燒飯。當然,這已成為過去了。 劉益明,這位湛江人,確確實實是一位能與連續七屆環法自行車賽冠軍阿姆斯唐匹敵的英雄。


劉益明騎自行車環游世界的消息傳開了。我决定去中國活動中心的一個短會拜訪這位傳奇人物。在會上,他立刻得到了寥寥聽眾慷慨 相助的三千美元。 他提出說想参觀美國宇航局太空中心,我十分樂意地領他前往。中領周鼎與我們在「OTTO'S」, 一家本地毫不起眼但頗負盛名的燒烤店就餐。公眾人物,前總統布什和前國務卿貝克爾正是這家餐廳的常客。無論去到哪堙A劉益明 堅持背着背包。 我告訴他背包可以放在我的車廂堙C 他婉拒了。 他告訴我在秘鲁的不愉快經歷使他不相信任何人。 那天他在一家中國餐廳問路,出來後發現他的自行車和行李都不翼而飛。 盡管他在休斯頓遇到了地道好人,他還是自愿全程背着背包走完宇航太空中心之旅。

十月十六日,明湖地區傾盆大雨,並且部分地區雨水泛濫。 暴雨中,開着我的四驅車在泥濘的路上,我有充足的時間去認識劉益明和聽他旅途中的故事。 當地中文報紙已報道了他的一些驚險經歷。

在過去五年内,他涉足的國家(不按年份排序)有老撾、柬埔寨、泰國、利比亞、埃及、撒旦、也門、阿曼、阿聯酋、加特、巴林、 不丹、黎巴嫩、塞比尼亞 和黑山、波斯尼亞、告里斯尼亞、匈牙利、斯洛文尼亞、波蘭、捷克、德國、 比利時、法國、英國、巴西、烏拉圭、巴拉圭、 阿根廷、智利、秘鲁、厄瓜多爾、哥倫比亞、巴拿馬、哥斯特尼加、尼瓜拉瓜、洪都拉斯、古巴和美國。到休斯頓前,他先後到了紐 約,邁阿密和亞特蘭大。 從休斯頓,他準備騎車到奥斯汀,然後到達拉斯。他還計劃穿梭奥克拉河馬,新墨西哥州,亞利桑那州,加洲。最後在二零零八年奥 運前他會到達澳大利亞,印度尼 西亞, 馬來西亞,新加坡,越南和台灣。由於安全措施,他要穿梭鄉間小路,而避開州際高速公路。

我被他自我犧牲和成就深深地感動着。他的精神代表堅忍,耐心和毅力。我感到十分自豪:一个中國人成就了一件值得載入吉尼斯紀 錄的偉績。 余風采堂是少數幾個全力支持他的宗室團體。 很可惜,在他逗留休斯頓期間,没有足够時間在中華公所例會議程包括他的偉績。 難道我們一道為這位英雄歡呼打氣,不是一件寬宏大量美妙的事嗎?


Our Heroes and Role Models

Message from the Editor

Our Role Models

Our Heroes


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the Yee Fung Toy Heroes and Role Models, bringing you stories of heroic feats and other achievements from within the Yee Family, or outside.

Thanks to:

  • Frank Yu of Houston
  • Phoenix chapter

We look forward to your feedback!

Jim Yee

The Incredible Round-the-World Cyclist Liu Yik Ming

Liu pedaled into Houston from New Orleans, soaking wet, on a cold and rainy night, October 13, 2006. Annie, manager of Tan Do, his first restaurant of call on Bellaire China town, thought he was one of the vagrants begging for a free meal. What Liu told her about his round the world solo cycling mission—promoting goodwill of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and world peace, did not impress her. She, nevertheless, gave Liu a hot plate of charshiu rice and then sent him on his way. The rest, of course, was history. Liu, from Jianjang, is, indeed, a hero and his accomplishment rivals that of Lance Armstrong, another cyclist better known for his 7th consecutive Tour de France triumph.


The news about Liu soon spread and I decided to check out this Liu character at a briefing at the Chinese Civic Center. He received spontaneous support from the sparse audience, who promptly plopped down $3,000+ cash, on the spot. He said he would like to visit NASA and I volunteered to be his host. Consul Zhou Ding joined us for BBQ at Otto’s, a local greasy-spoon, yet frequented by such dignitaries as the Bushes and Bakers. Liu insisted carrying his backpack wherever he went. I told him to leave it inside my car. He said he would not trust anybody ever since his tragic experience in Peru when he went inside a Chinese restaurant asking for directions. Upon coming out, his bike and belongings were gone. Notwithstanding that he was now in good hands (me, Frank) and in, no less, Houston, he preferred to lug his backpack throughout the entire NASA tour.

Frank and Liu
                  at NASA

It rained cats and dogs on October 16th with partial flooding in the Clear Lake area. While driving and sitting out in my SUV to dodge flooded streets, I did have ample time to get more acquainted with Liu and learned more about his trip. Some of his adventures have already been published in the local Chinese newspapers.

Briefly, not in any chronological order, countries he cycled and camped out over the last 5 years included Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Costs Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba and USA. He then cycled from New York to Miami, Atlanta, and New Orleans before reaching Houston. From Houston, he cycled to Austin and then to Dallas. He is projected to pedal through Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and California, whence Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and definitely Taiwan before the 2008 Olympics. He would need to zigzag through country roads to avoid cycling on Interstate highways due to safety regulations.

I am touched by his sacrifice and accomplishments. It defies pain, endurance, and perseverance. I am particularly proud that a Chinese has done something worthy of Guineas World Record. Yee Fung Toy Association was among the very few clan associations that feted him. Wouldn't it be magnanimous had this ACOH meeting been scheduled earlier during his brief stopover so that we all could chip in to enable him to finish this remarkable journey?

Frank Yu, Houston