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Around the world by bike

5 December 2017 | By | No Comments

Amédée prepared his trip around the world by cycling around Portugal this summer, with 3000km, 90km a day depending on the weather.

How did you choose the countries you’re going to visit ?
I chose them depending on the weather. Cold countries are not for me. I will begin with South America and Central America. Then I’d like to visit New-Zealand and meet some friends in Australia. Finally I dream of seeing Auroville in India, it’s a spiritual community that has been created about 50 years ago.

What is your everyday budget ?
About 30€ per day. In France that would be difficult but abroad I will be quite confortable. Usually, I like to have a good meal at noon and at night I just nibble on something before fixing my tent between the trees. For this trip, I sold my house, so I should be able to travel for a year and a half, maybe more.
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Why the tent in the trees ?
When you go wild camping, you usually don’t find a nice flat spot. By fixing my tent between 2 trees, I’m sure I will have a good night’s sleep. And I tie my bike underneath.
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How did you decide to go on a bike trip ?
Very sporty, I used to run. After an injury, I had to find another activity and began to cycle, especially with my MTB. I thought it might be a nice way to travel. Travelling alone will enable me to meet more people and be totally free with my schedule.
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And you have chosen to travel with an Aevon trailer ?
After my trip to Portugal, I even changed my mind and chose the electric trailer ! So I left my KIT L80 to go with the STD 100 équiped with a 1000w motor. For me 90km a day is not enough. I’d like to make 150km a day.

22 Nov

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Lost in the Swell in Carnets d’Aventures magazine

22 November 2017 | By | No Comments

Carnets d’Aventures is a magazine dedicated to environment-friendly trips.
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Their latest edition is about Lost in the Swell, this group of adventurers who travelled for a few weeks along the Gabon coast with their fat bikes and Aevon trailers looking for the best waves to surf.

They talk about their incredible journey.

Ronan, Ewen and Aurélien have known each other for more than 15 years. Quickly they found a common passion for surfing and adventure. Ronan also liked to make videos and pictures. Each summer they looked for the quietest surfing spots in Brittany. One day, dissatisfied with their daily routine, they decided to try to combine their passion for surfing with a way of life more respectful of the environment.

Their first experience took place on a deserted island in Indonesia. With 2 chickens, 10kg of rice and 40L of water, they managed to stay on this spot for 23 days, an adventure that brought them closer. The web-series that followed has a little success on the internet and pushed them to go on with their projects.

Their second experience took place on the Solomon islands for 3 months on a boat.

For their trip in Gabon, the threesome wanted to be on the coast, which helps to evaluate the surfing spots. They chose to cycle with their fat bikes with huge tyres and their STD 100 trailers equipped with huge tyres too that they adapted themselves. Each of them carried up to 70kg of equipment. Cycling was very hard in the heat and they had to stop every 15 or 20mn.
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Their adventure became a web-series brodcasted in several cinemas in France and rewarded in several adventure festivals. You can watch all episodes online on their Youtube channel.

14 Nov

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6 months and 6000km with our Aevon trailer

14 November 2017 | By | No Comments

Elodie and Cyril have been travelling by bike for 6 months across New-Zealand and Australia, for 6000km. They took a break for 2 months during which they used a camper to make a little road trip.

They have made a little report on the state of their stuff, now that they have tested it in all types of conditions.

They talk about their mattress, their clothes, bikes and all the equipment they are using, including their KIT L80 trailer.

We find that it’s easy to use and our bag is completely waterproof. Opening the bag is quick and efficient. The trailer follows us everywhere and we can handle it easily.

And we never had a flat tyre !

We decided to put a solar panel on our trailer. We put it on the ground when we’re camping. It enables us to charge our phone batteries and our GPS. When the weather is not fine, we notice a decrease in the productivity of 30%.

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The couple has cycled for 4600km in Australia and was fascinated with the landscape. They also found that people were very friendly and the weather was mild, ideal when you’re travelling by bike.
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After a few holidays with their family, the couple will go to South America : Argentina, Bolivia and Chili. The return ticket hasn’t yet been planned as the pair wants to travel peacefully for a few months, maybe even a few years.

Source : The Retrouvailles website

14 Nov

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Cycling in Indonesia

14 November 2017 | By | No Comments

Very famous among environment friendly tourists, Indonesia is located between Asia and Australia. To discover all the wonders of this archipelago, why not use a bike to cycle around ?

Where can we cycle  ?

Almost all islands in Indonesia can be discovered by bike. You just need to get a little far away from cities to find tracks and nice roads. These are quite calm and seldom used by motorized vehicles. On your way, you will meet the people of Indonesia but also foreigners on their bikes. The interesting thing about trips in the country is that you can stop wherever you want to admire beautiful lanscapes. Around Gunung Kawi, near Ubud, for example, you will see rice fields and sanctuaries inside the rocks. On the contrary, in cities, streets are generally crowded and traffic is difficult. You might also breathe in the fumes of cars. Not very interesting.

How to rent a bike ?

Renting a bike is quite easy in Indonesia. During your trip, you will find rental spots in big cities, especially in touristic places. If you’re in a village, check in advance if your accomodation offers this type of service during your stay in Indonesia. If you intend to go to Bali with your kids, note that it is possible to rend a MTB with a baby seat. If your kid is older, he can enjoy trips on his own little bike. Generally renting a bike costs between 25 000 and 30 000 rupees.

Some advice

You will need some accessories for your bike trips in Indonesia. In your backpack add a tube of sunscreen and a bottle of water. To complete your sunscreen, don’t forget to wear a hat or even better, a helmet. Cycle in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid the heat.

 

25 Oct

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From Holland to Lille

25 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Elisa & Valentin have cycled around Scotland with their bike and trailer UNO 100. After a few weeks, they decided to reach Holland by taking a boat from Newcastle, in England.

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We cycled in Holland for about 300km before the rain pushed us out of the country. We managed to sleep once in the open air but there is very few wild space in Holland so it’s quite difficult to find a space with a tent. Everything single space is used, either by houses or by fields.
In Brussels, we stopped at some friends’ house and discovered the city. The center was beautiful and we had a very nice weather. After that we cycled through Belgium and met some amazing forests along the road. We spent one night in a camping site in a small village.

To get to Lille, it was possible to cycle along a canal. It became very hot and sunny, we even had to find our sunscreen again, at the bottom of our bag. In Lille we met some family, they cycled with us for the last 30km. In all, we cycled for 2080km with our UNO 100 trailer and are quite proud, as we very seldom cycled before that.
For the winter, we would like to find a job so we can wait until Spring and get back on our bikes.

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Holland is the country of the bike with its numerous cycle paths and ferries to cross the many canals along the way. It is very nice to cycle there. Unfortunately, you have to make sure to choose the right season and pick up places to stay at night.

17 Oct

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In Pablo’s footsteps (Colombia)

17 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Bertrand is in Colombia after 2 days by boat from Panama. With his bike and STD 100 trailer he tells us his first feelings about the country.

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The first days in Colombia are beautiful. I cycle in little valleys, green pastures, with small palm trees. The roads are easier to ride too, with trees along the way, so I get a little shade. There are little huts everywhere, people smiling, music in all the huts, fruit sellers all the way… There is a beautiful energy…

Bertrand spends his first night at the fire station : the fire station only has one pick up, a hut with a kitchen and lavatories. They welcome all the kids from the neighbourhood.
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On the first day, Bertrand meets Oscar, a baker on a motorbike who offers him some bread and some religious advice.
On the second day, he meets Juan from Bogota. He’s also by bike for one month and he travels to Medellin so they decide to cycle together. This is the beginning of the Columbian mountains.

The road runs along one of the main rivers of the country, the Rio Causa.”It weaves, goes up and down with the river and is lined with little green valleys where cows and horses graze peacefully… This road is so beautiful, I feel very lucky to enjoy it by bike…”

At Medellin, Bertrand is greeted by many of the locals and the last 40km are very slow as everyone wants to offer him a drink. Here, Bertrand will stay for a few weeks to catch up with his family coming from France. He will spend some time retracing Pablo Escobar’s footsteps.

To be continued…

11 Oct

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In Pablo’s footsteps

11 October 2017 | By | No Comments

After Panama City, Bertrand immediately found a boat for him, his bike and his Aevon STD 100 trailer.

His goal was to stay for a few days in Panama City to organise his passage to Colombia by boat.

An agency offered him a trip of 5 days with a detour by the San Blas islands for 550$, a little too expensive. Finally, Santiago, a Colombian offers a departure the next day in the afternoon. Bertrand has to leave early to get to Puerto Lindo

To save some time on the road, I try to shorten the trip. The idea is to cycle on the highway, it will shorten the trip by 20km. In many of these countries, a bike on the highway is not unusual.

At the toll booths, the guy doesn’t even lift his eye from his phone. A few kilometers after that, I cycle past a police station on the side of the road. No reaction.

A few kilometers later, a pick up overtakes me and an officer asks me to stop… The next exit is 25km away but he asks me to get out of the highway immediately. I really need to get to the next exit. He tells me to put my bike and my STD 100 trailer in the pick up. I enjoy 25km in an air-conditionned pick up before getting back on the road under a rain that won’t leave me until I reach my destination…’

Bertrand passes by the sole WIFI post of the village, no message from Santiago, no news.
The end of day slowly arrives, he decides to go to the marina to explain his situation. The captain of the sailing boat ‘La Sangria’ accepts to take him on board.

I will work on the sailing boat until we reach Cartagena. The boat leaves early in the morning after a night of heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms that were raging a few days ago above the islands of Saint Martin, Saint Barth & Barbuda…’
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Bertrand spends 3 days sailing between the San Blas islands with a few stops along the way to admire the landscape. On his way, he see Santiago’s boat a little farther up…
At Cartagena, it’s the day of the pope’s visit. The captain offers Bertrand to sleep on the boat as long as he needs as he’s not planning to leave until October 18th.

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06 Oct

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From Panama with my Aevon trailer

6 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Here is the next episode of Bertrand’s adventures with his bike and STD 100 trailer in Panama.

For his first night in Tolé, Panama, no firehouse and no Red Cross for Bertrand to stay so he chose the option : ‘church’. The house of the priest is a kind of camp where you can also find a school, a canteen and a few buildings. Bertrand shares his dormitory with three other people. These people haven’t got the means for a place to stay and some of them are stick. That night, Bertrand slept with a father and his son :

The father had an hernia operation a month ago. They still haven’t got back hom because Tolé is only 1 hour from the hospital whereas their house is much farther. The father isn’t well. I’m not a doctor but his situation is painful to see. His son is there to support and help him with everything : to get up, go the bathroom, eat… He spends all his time in bed. This father really loved me.

In Panama, like many countries, there is no social security.

Bertrand puts his alarm clock at 5.45am each morning to get on his bike as soon as possible. So for his first morning in Panama, he was running 1h late… due to the time difference.

After a few kilometers, he met Cyril, a French guy from the South of France, who’s been travelling by bike for 2 years and has cycled for 50000km. On this road, he meets many other bike travellers, one of which is Marc, an English guy who’s going from Ushuaïa to Alaska.

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The first two days by bike are hard with a temperature of 40°C and dense traffice near Panama City. The outskirts of big cities are always complicated by bike, whatever the country.

In Panama City, Bertrand is currently looking for a boat to go from Panama to Colombia. We’ll find him soon in South America.

My bike trailer is amazing. Easy to ride, very steady when going downhill at full speed. My stuff is easy to load and stays dry thanks to the waterproof bag. It goes anywhere and people are surprised. The shock absorber‘s pressure is adjustable to any types of roads, it’s really useful.’

03 Oct

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From Costa Rica to Panama

3 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Bertrand is travelling by bike and Aevon trailer in central America. His last message was written between Costa Rica and Panama.

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Bertrand spent the month of July at Playa Hermosa (Costa Rica) enjoying surfing, in a little hut 50m from the beach. At the end of July, some friends joined him for a few weeks. Bertrand left his bike and Aevon trailer at Playa Hermosa to enjoy the time spent with his friends, as travelling by bike would take longer.

They went to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica :

We spent some time with our flip-flops in the national park of Cahuita, then walked to the Arenal volcano to enjoy the warm and cold rivers and biggest lake of the country (which is artifical and located at the foot of 2 volcanos), and replaced our flip flops for something a little more waterproof in the national parc of Nuboso. We put back our flip flops at the end of these 3 weeks on the Pacific coast for some surfing and a few beers…

After 2 months without cycling, Bertrand took off again to cross the border between Central America and South America. The next surfing stop is planned for December in Ecuador.

The plan is to join the Caribbean coast of Panama, at Panama city, to find a boat going to Colombia. Going from Panama to Colombia is possible by air or by sea. The famous PanAmericana (road that goes from North America to South America) stops here, in an area called the Darien. The Darien is a dense jungle full of mosquitoes, snakes, crocodiles and other nice animals…’

Bertrand crossed the frontier to Panama after a 30mn customs control :

The customs officer took a look at my stuff (he got closer, bent to watch inside my bags and bent backwards, all in 2 seconds) and asked me what I was carrying in my bike trailer. I answered with a big smile (they know what I’m carrying on a bike trip) : camping stuff, a tent, some clothes… The idea crossed my mind that I should say I was carrying drugs but seeing his attitude, the size of his best friend attached to his belt and the position of the cap on his head, I admit I decided against it…’
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The roads were under construction, some of them were closed to cars, ideal for Bertrand and his bike.
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For his first night in Panama, Bertrand stopped at Tolé.

20 Sep

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Famous Loch Ness

20 September 2017 | By | No Comments

Elisa & Valentin decided to try and meet the Loch Ness monster with their bikes and Aevon trailer UNO 100. They tell us all about their latest adventures.

“We cycled alond the East coast with its beautiful beaches. We even got the chance to meet a sea lion that was swimming in the bay. We can find many castles and distilleries along this coast, so we visited both.

The castle of Brodie, close to Dyke, helped us learn everything about the history of Scotland, with its numerous clans and the castle of Cawford really looked like a fairytale castle with drawbridges and French gardens.
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Then we went West along the Caledonian canal and finally reached the famous Loch Ness to sleep on the banks.

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the famous monster but we were attacked again by the famous ‘midges’.

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Today we are on Sky Island after catching a train and a ferry. The train wasn’t so easy with our bikes and our bike trailer but people at the station were very helpful and helped us get everything safely on the train. We crossed the famous bridge that you can see in ‘Harry Potter’ and discovered the lakes with mountains around and little islands in the center of the lakes. The landscapes were amazing !

Yesterday we went for a little trip through the mountains and along the sea, we could smell the tide and the sheep.

Unfortunately, today it’s raining but we plan to stay in a coffee shop until the weather gets better.’

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Scotland is not necessarily the first country you think about when you decide to go on a bike trip. But if you dare to face the weather that might not always be good, the landscapes are beautiful and are really worth the trip.