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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.

17 Jan

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Colombia by bike

17 January 2018 | By | No Comments

We meet up again with Bertrand at Medellin in Colombia, famous for being the most dangerous city in the world. From the 80s to 2000, the city was affected by violence and acts of revenge. Today the city is much more peaceful and young people use street art and hip hop to give energy and happiness to the Comuna 13 area, particularly affected by these difficult times.

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After one month in Colombia, it’s time to get back on the road with bike and STD 100 trailer in the direction of Quito in Ecuador.

On the road, Bertrand meets lots of trucks towing at least 4 trailers each. They are filled with sugar cane to be transformed into organic fuel. Teams spend their day on the side of the road waiting for these trucks so they can close the road to other users and let the pass through.

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On the famous Panamérica, Bertrand also comes accross roadblocks organised by the indigenous people of the South of Colombia (Naza people). Treaties were signed between these people and the state and were not always respected. This kind of event happens from time to time at special dates.
“You need to negotiate at each roackblock with people armed with machetes, hoods and shovels, in order to pass through. It’s quite hard for about 2 days. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to take pictures as they threaten to seize my camera.”
Luckily, the bike and the trailer help to communicate with these people.

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To be noted on this trip :

  • I cycled up to 3300 metres high for the first time
  • I reached the speed of 75km/h, with a total weight of 140kg (bike + trailer + load + me) !!!
  • 20 Dec

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    On the road to South America

    20 December 2017 | By | No Comments

    After New-Zealand and Australia, our adventurers : Cyril & Elodie are getting ready for their trip by bike and Aevon trailer in South America.

    Before their departure, they are back in their families in Belgium to rest for a while and enjoy some time home. This pause is also the moment to check the material, repair some of it and replace others.

    Going on a new continent also means a change in the weather conditions. The weather will certainly be a little different from Australia and they need to get ready for winter temperatures. So they change their tent for a stronger one. Cyril also replaces his sleeping bag for a model adapted to temperatures below 9°C.

    They also add some clothes : winter jackets with goose feathers and technical underwear so they can wear several layers.

    Their bikes need some replacement parts such as the cassettes and the braking systems, which is easily understandable after thousands of kilometers on all types of roads.

    And we changed the wheel’s bearing of the Aevon Kit L80 bike trailer : even if the trailer was riding fine, a little noise made us think it might be safer to change it.. It’s easy and quick to do ! .”

    Here is the video of this operation that only takes a few minutes :

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    14 Dec

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    Australia with my KIT L80

    14 December 2017 | By | No Comments

    John recently toured for 40 days through Australia.

    I purchased the Aevon KIT L80 (sans wheel) from Cycloboost in France and I fitted a 20” wheel with a 250W hub motor.

    I caught the train from home to Mount Victoria, assembled the trailer then headed for Lithgow.

    From Lithgow I rode to Oberon then Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Molong, Wellington, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Tooraweenah, Warrumbungle National Park, Coonabarabran, Binnaway, Black Stump, Coolah, Cassilis, Merriwa, Sandy Hollow, Denman, Bulga, Wollombi, Wisemans Ferry then home.

    I travelled over 1400km mostly on paved roads, but around 200km on corrugated gravel and sandy roads.

    It snowed and sleeted in Orange on my first rest day. It rained 3 times in the month I was on the road, twice at night and on my last day whilst riding home, for about half an hour.
    I experienced temperatures from -3°C to 36°C.

    I saw an echidna, wombat, kangaroos (they nearly ran me over), emus, wild goats, rabbits and fox.

    The Kit L80 bike trailer performed beautifully, most of the time I forgot it was there. The quick release hitch made it it easy when I needed to unlatch the trailer. The bag kept the rain and dust out.

    Getting ready to fold trailer and items into duffel bag
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    All ready to go at Mt Victoria
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    On the way to Oberon
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    Me, bike and trailer.
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    Country NSW
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    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.

    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.’

    07 Jul

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    Through Nicaragua with my STD 100

    7 July 2017 | By | No Comments

    Bertrand sent us some news from Nicaragua where he spent some weeks at playa Popoyo Guasacate.
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    There he met very nice and positive people and found beautiful surfing spots. A life barefoot without any stress where time gets a new dimension.

    With his brother, Bertrand went to the island of Omotepe located on the Cocibolca lake, the third biggest lake in Latin America after Titicaca. Then they went to the Maderas volcano, 1394m high, for a nice hike under the rain with a Dutch man they met there.

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    Bertrand then took the road again with his bike and Aevon trailer STD 100 to reach Playa Hermosa. After several weeks with no cycling, the first few days were a little hard on the legs and he met many cyclists on the way, mostly with carbon bikes.
    When he found the ocean again, he made this beautiful pic :

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    I come from a tiny place, where everyday a pickup truck full of vegetables and fruits, passes through to supply the inhabitants to a small village, full of tourists with big cars, where all places to sleep or eat are quite expensive. But the wave is good here and you can always find something cheap.”

    The Aevon STD 100 trailer is still a pleasure and is now decorated with the flag from Vendée (France) !
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    Source : article ‘Pura Vida’