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21 May

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Arrival at Cusco

21 May 2018 | By | No Comments

Just a few days left before Bertrand reaches Cusco, a particularly difficult part of the trip as the difference in height is amazingly high. At 4000m, air is rarer and consequently, it’s more difficult to make physical efforts.

It’s the rainy season when Bertrand reaches the plateau of Perù at more than 4600m. He quickly needs to put on waterproof and warm clothes. Here, the rain transforms into tiny snowflakes that whip his face while he’s cycling.
Fortunately, the sun comes back as soon as he gets down again, along the Río Pachachaca Abancay, on his way to Abancay. The landscape is beautiful and nature is everywhere.

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Between Abancay and Curahuasi (100km of mountains between and 4100m), he finds loads of eucalyptus trees. It smells good but brings an overbearing dampness.

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A last day cycling from 2500 to 3400m and Bertrand reaches a high plateau for the last staight line in the direction of Cusco.

As soon as he gets to Cusco, Bertrand takes a shower and goes for a drink in a local bar with a Greek friend he met a few days earlier on the road of Huaraz.

Despite the first days which were very strenuous and the rainy season, I’m full of joy and well-being after this part of the trip. I’m discovering and rediscovering the joy of moving on by bike and I have a sense of fulfilment..”

My Aevon trailer STD100 is still working fine despite a little accident that bent my swing arm. I have been able to repair it temporarily but a new swing arm will be arriving soon so I can go on my trip serenely. Thank you Aevon for helping me with this !

03 May

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I’m leaving on a bike trip

3 May 2018 | By | No Comments

When and how do you decide to leave for a bike trip around the world ? Amédée tells us about his experience.

After breaking my foot a few years ago, I decided to start cycling to avoid repeated shocks and enjoy an outdoor activity again. I leave in the South of France which is particularly adapted to MTB.
After a few month, I decided to travel by bike and to leave my house and my job. Using a trailer seemed the most suited for this project. I spent some time checking websites and forums to finally conclude that an Aevon trailer would be the best choice.
I bought a KIT L80 and I’m going to the North West of France to see my family. Why a KIT L80 ? I have no idea of the energy needed to pull this kind of weight so that’s a first experiment. I’ll be cycling for 100km each day, in total 1200km along the Mediterranean coast, then along the Atlantic ocean.

After lunch with a friend at Brignoles, it’s the big departure. I tested the trailer with my new MTB and here I go for my first night at another friend’s house. After 76km I’m happy to take a break, to rest and have dinner. The trailer doesn’t move, even at 60km/h downhill, everything is perfect.

My departure from Brignoles :

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I chose this tent to hang up :
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Beautiful view from Marseille :
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10 Apr

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Bike trip around Rio

10 April 2018 | By | No Comments

Here is a new idea for a bike trip to make with your Aevon bike trailer.

Each area in Brazil is full of unexpected tourist attractions. Some places are ideal for hiking, others are perfect for a bike trip with friends or family. At Rio, for example, it’s possible to do outdoor activities. Called by the locals ‘cidade maravilhosa’, it’s mostly famous for its white beaches, the most extraordinary in the world. Also, it’s impossible to talk about Rio without talking about its traditional music and its inhabitants named ‘Cariocas’. Meeting those people ensures a friendly atmosphere.

Rio’s bicycle paths

Riding a bike is a playful way to discover Rio. This means of transport is one of the activities offered to tourists. The goal is to enjoy this beautiful place with no impact on the environment. Among the most famous bicycle paths is Niemeyer. It enables to make a Brazil trip along the coast and going through Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and São Conrado. If you go on cycling along this path, you will see the amazing favela Vidigal. Here begins the adventure towards the moutains of ‘dois irmãos’. The creation of numerous bike paths helps you cycle in the whole city of Rio.

Rio, the ideal place to relax

If you travel to Brazil, visiting Rio is unavoidable. They are many places unknown and preserved from tourism. There you can observe a luxuriant vegetation. Places like Pão de Açúcar deserve a special visit. Of course, discovering the statue of Christ at the top of Corcovado is amazing. It’s known throughout the world and considered as the symbol of the country.

27 Mar

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Travelling through Kyrgyzstan

27 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Here is an idea for your next trip : Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is a country from Central Asia, close to China. The country is mountainous but the main cities are located in the lowest parts of the country, which offers the possibility to do a part of the trip by bike. In the North, the capital city : Bichkek is ideal to start your trip. This city offers a pleasant stroll to visit several monuments built at the time of the USSR, such as the Erkindink statue. You will also find beautiful parks. The park Ala Archa offers visitors several kilometers of hiking through the mountains to the tops with a moderate climate. This park also shelters some rare species of animals, like the snow leopard, wild goats and some marmots.

Discovering Issyk-Koul lake

To visit Kyrgyzstan, you must visit Issyk-koul, the largest alpine lake in Central Asia. It’s at the top of a mountain. Many travellers choose to do a little mountaineering. While climbing, visitors will admire the beautiful landscape that you can see among the farmers’ villages. The village of Tamtchy, located along the lake, should be visited. Travellers will enjoy bathing in the big pool as these waters have healing powers.

Why not stay a few days in Och?

With this particular name, this area seems very mysterious. It’s the second biggest city of the country. Tourists will be attracted to this place because of the numerous sites to visit. Among them, the mountain Takhti-suleyman, considered as a place of pilmigrage. Some religious buildings are quite famous, such as Dom Babura mosquee. The Och bazaar, one of the biggest markets of Asia, will seduce visitors with multiple objects displayed : hats, traditional knifes or fruits, but also clothes and shoes.

21 Mar

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Doing a safari by bike

21 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Cyling in Kenya, an activity offering beautiful emotions

You need to get in touch with African nature ? There are thousands of ways to realize this experience and cycle touring is part of it. This activity enables to see beautiful landscapes and lots of wild animals. While pedalling, you will discover new places but also reduce stress as cycling is very healthy. Many tourists go to Africa to do safaris by MTB. You’d like to know how that feels like ? The best way would be to go to Kenya and visit authentic addresses by bike.

Doing a MTB safari at the national park of Hell’s Gate

Are you determined to make a trip to Kenya ?
Why not doing it by MTB ? This activity will offer you an experience full of emotions. Travellers can for exemple cycle through the national park of Hell’s Gate, a huge site at the South of the Naivasha lake in Kenya. Easy to reach, this reserve is located at 14km from the old road that connected Nairobi and the Naivasha lake. It’s also close to the Valley of the Grand Rift, which will enable you to do some hiking and climbing. People in search of sensations will be happy to cycle in the direction of the beautiful red cliffs of this natural space. There you can take a break to take a picture of this amazing landscape. Explorers can use a hybrid bike to visit the places where the girafes, zebras and impalas leave. To end this tour, a passage at the Buffalo circuit is recommended. After 15km, this part of the park will certainly please those who like to take risks.

Cycling in West Kenya

Kenya is the ultimate touristic destination and will give foreigners the chance to come accross bike tracks. If you like cycling, this African territory is the ideal place to do this activity, considering the diversity of landscapes you can find there. In order not to miss one thing, you can cycle with a MTB from Nairobi to the North and then reach a track that will bring you to the Bogoria lake. If you go on pedalling you will reach Eldoret, then Kabarnet before camping in Iten.

14 Mar

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From Huaraz to Cuzco

14 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Still travelling in Perù, Bertrand gives us some news.

After spending a few weeks hiking around Huaraz, it’s time to go to Cuzco.

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These few weeks in Huaraz seriously reduced the initial plans and the tourist visa will soon expire. There is only one solution : take the bus for a few miles. But when you’re travelling by bike, taking the bus is a real issue.

You’re not really taking the bus are you ? Our personal pride really takes a hit… The sense of taking it easy, betraying yourself, not respecting the rules you made for yourself…

In the end Bertrand will take the bus until Nazca, to avoid the road of Lima, particularly complicated to cycle on. Then he will get back on his bike, after 2 months without pedalling. There are 10 days to go to his next destination : Cuzco. 10 days uphill.

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In the first 2 days, Bertrand climbs 3800m by bike. He reaches the Pampas Galeras reservation. This national reservation is located at 4200m and covers about 6000 hectares. The rangers are particularly welcoming and even have a special dormitory for travellers like Bertrand.

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Bertrand spends some nights in churches and restaurants. As it’s the rainy season, it’s really pleasant.

Father Efren, from Puquio church, will even feed me dinner and some beer and offer a hot shower and the Internet ! Awesome !

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The landscape is beautiful with stony mountains without a single hiker, such as Hatun Machay.

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14 Feb

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Peru by bike, the follow-up

14 February 2018 | By | No Comments

We find Bertrand on the road to the White Andes Moutains.

During the first 10 days by bike, Bertrand notes that Peru is not better on the environment issue than its neighbours. The roads are lined with garbage.

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On New Year’s Eve, he arrives in a town called Sullana, North of Peru.

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It’s hard to find a place to stay that night. “3 firemen stations won’t let me stay as there is almost no one on site that night. They’re all going to party ! At a bend, I find a family. They own a car wash and parking lot. They offer me a roof for the night and a shower.”

There follows 2 days cycling in the desert for 250km. Quickly, cabins are getting scarce, bushes too, the wind is stronger and the sun is hot.

Wind, day and night. That’s the plan for the following days .”

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Out of the desert, Bertrand finds green lanscapes again, with rice, onions, hot pepper and potato fields. “Peru is famous for its diversity : in the landscape, the food and culture in general.”

Soon follows the ‘Cordillera Negra’ and its mountains. “No vegetation. Rocks, sand. I feel like I’m cycling in a quarry and I feel very small.”

Crossing a pass at 4219m, Bertrand sees for the first time Huaraz and the White Andes Mountains. “My first snow ! To celebrate, as there are only 25km left to reach Huaraz, I get an extra piece of chocolate, my best friend on special days.”

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Bertrand arrives at Huaraz under the sun despite the rain season.

08 Feb

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Peru by bike

8 February 2018 | By | No Comments

In Ecuador, Bertrand gains altitude with his STD 100 trailer. Time to think about this one year bike trip : “Time goes so fast !

In the direction of Cotopaxi park and Rhuminaui mountain (5897m), the road gets very difficult, with rocks, under the rain and uphill.
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The day after, departure for the Quilotoa volcano with a descent in the crater and 3 days hiking. The landscape is breathtaking.
The Quilotoa is a dead volcano. Its crater is filled with water. We are 3900m high…

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The goal is to reach Huaraz (3000m), cycling for 3 weeks. It’s opposite the White Cordillera.
The first few days are quite hard with a passage 3880m high. I can feel it in my muscles …

Bertrand gets back into his routine of finding a place to stay at the end of each day. For Christmas, firemen offer to share their meal with him.

Finally comes the Peruvian border.

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January, Feberuary, March. Three months in the full winter season. There will be rain and temperate climate in the mountains. The coast will be dry with sun and wind. Here the seasons imply different climates depending on the location.”

He meets little vultures and lizards sunbathing along the road.
For his first night in Peru, Bertrand finds shelter in a Jehovah community. He sleeps in a little cabin with his hammock.

After a week, Bertrands takes a break at Mancora, a seaside resort. “Last swim and last beautiful sunset on the Pacific Ocean.”

29 Jan

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From Scotland to Lille : the movie

29 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Elisa & Valentin share with us their adventures by bike and Aevon trailer. From Scotland to England, from Holland to the North of France, they tested the transport of their trailer by plane, by train and even by ferry :

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Their trip enabled them to test their material in all weather conditions as rain was falling in Scotland but most of all in Holland.
For this kind of trip, especially on the road, they recommend to use the UNO 100 trailer. It helped them to carry their stuff but also to start a conversation with people. Some of them allowed the couple to camp in their gardens. Their trailer was a real curiosity.

They found Scottish landscapes beautiful but it was hard to live with the ‘midges’, which were particularly greedy at night.
Elisa & Valentin are athletic but they rarely use their bikes. However they quickly cycled for miles at a time. Downhill they reached up to 70km/h with the trailer.

Their trip made them take the plane, the train and then the ferry, attesting that the trailer can follow you anywhere.

The UNO 100 is dedicated to a use on passable roads because it’s made of steel and isn’t equipped with a shock absorber. For your trips on hard tracks, prefer a trailer made of aluminium and equipped with a shock absorber such as the STD 100 or the KIT L80. The KIT L80 is handy for plane trips as it’s entirely foldable.

26 Jan

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Cycling About tested the KIT L80 in Japan

26 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Alee is an expert in bike travelling and manages the website Cycling About. His trip in Japan enabled him to test the KIT L80 trailer and give us a feedback about his experience.

Handling ability

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Alee underlines the handling ability of the trailer compared to the use of bags. He also finds that you quickly forget you’re even towing a trailer.

Of course, you need to adapt your driving when you’re cycling in narrow spaces, in town for example, by taking larger anglers. But the trailer is narrower than a bike saddled with bags on all sides.

Cross country

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That’s where Alee found the trailer the most useful.
As weight is entirely at the back, the bike seems light and can change direction quickly. It’s perfect when you’re riding on single tracks.

The KIT L80 is equipped with a shock absorber on the rear, a real asset when you’re riding on difficult tracks. It’s possible to adjust the pressure to adapt to the weight you’re carrying.
For long distances on tracks, Alee would definitely choose the trailer over side bags.

The waterproof bag

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Alee added some smaller bags inside the waterproof bag of the trailer. When he parked, he took out what he needed and left the waterproof bag inside the trailer.
He confirms that the bag is perfectly waterproof. If the bag is full, it may be necessary to use an extra waterproof protection on the top, to prevent the rain that fell on the bag from getting inside when you open it.

Meeting with a bear

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It wasn’t really part of the plan but Alee had the ‘chance’ to test the strength of the KIT L80 when a 500kg bear decided to jump on it, leaving the trace of his claws along the bag.
To know more about this trip, watch this video :

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