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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) !!!
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    My adventures in South America

    10 January 2018 | By | No Comments

    Bertrand has been travelling in South America for 1 year by bike and STD 100 trailer. We have asked him some questions about his experience.
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    What is your everyday budget for such a trip ?

    “I don’t really have a daily spending limit. I left with a certain amount and it should last for about 3 years. It is quite difficult to imagine how much you will spend as each country has a different cost of living. After 1 year, I have spent about 500€ a month, knowing that I spent 90 days on the bike and the rest was surfing and climbing mountains.
    This implies that for 8 to 9 months, my living cost was much higher as I had to pay for lodgings. On the bike I sleep outside or at the firemen, churches, etc… I only have to spend money on food.

    For 2018, my living cost will be reduced as I will spend more time on the bike.”

    When is the end of the trip planned ? Do you think you’ll go back to la Rochelle when your trip is over ?

    “I think the end of the trip should be in Autumn 2019. And I don’t think I’ll go back to my place. When you leave like that, you make new experiences and meet new people everyday. You evolve and grow up all the time.
    In what I call “the life before”, these experiences were rare, you don’t evolve so fast.

    Coming back is always a shock, as you feel like nothing has changed around you, whereas you are totally different.

    The rest of the trip is planned this way :

    3 months in Peru enjoying the mountains with 2 big breaks at Huaraz and Cusco for hiking and climbing.

    Then Bolivia for 2 months where I’ll climb Huayna Potosi and Illimnai (2 peaks at 6000m).

    Finally 1 year in Argentina, stopping at El Chalten to work for 4 months during the summer. In February or March 2019, I will be in South Patagonia and will reach Ushuaia and the end of the famous Ruta 40. ”

    What was your job before you left ?

    “I had been working for 7 years in a little company of 25 people at Périgny (close to La Rochelle), specialized in the design of high and very high pressure equipment. I was an engineer in mechanical design. It was very interesting but the need to travel was stronger.”

    Have you already thought about your next project ?

    “During this trip I had the chance to travel by boat from Panama to Colombia and I must admit that a boat trip will be one of the projects in my life but I need some money for that.

    When I’m going back, I’ll work for a few months in Switzerland and then I’ll go with my brother and his truck in East Europe, enjoying some skiing and hiking.”

    What does travelling mean to you ?

    “I’m living a life I chose, I enjoy new experiences every day, I see things in a more positive way, even in situations that might seem tricky, I meet beautiful people, I learn all the time, learn to communicate. I discover myself and my hidden skills.
    Travelling makes you richer, opens your eyes, ears, frees your spirit, gives you energy !”

    Which country did you enjoy the most so far ?

    “It’s not really the country, it’s the experiences you lived there and the people you met.
    I’m a big fan of Mexico. People are super cool and the country is rich with history, culture, landscapes, colours.
    Guatemala is also rich with history and culture. My experience with the people there was different, I didn’t feel such energy when I crossed it.

    Nicaragua is full of history, varied landscapes. I surfed a lot there.

    Costa Rica is a holiday destination, life is more expensive there. But this country gathers 3 to 5% of the world bio-diversity, so it’s beautiful to see.

    Colombia is very pleasant. I had the nicest bike experience there.

    To sum up :

    · Good atmosphere with the bike : Columbia

    · Where I could easily stay for a long time : Mexico

    · To chill and surf : Nicaragua & Mexico

    · Tourism : Costa

    · Tourism with history and cultural sites : Guatemala

    · A little of everything (mountain, surf, kite) : Equador

    · The people : Columbia & Mexico

    Do you think the same trip could be made by a girl alone ?

    “OBVIO !!!! (Obviously in Spanish)

    Yes, I think a bike trip can be made by most of us. The bike is a means of transport but also helps to communicate. People on the road are curious and very positive. This helps to generate a situation of trust. And we’re far from what is being told about these countries.

    As a man, I certainly meet less situations where I should be careful but girls have an easier contact with the local people.
    You should always keep your eyes and ears open and communicate. Learning the language is one of the keys for a good trip.

    I meet girls a lot on the road and seeing the smile on their faces, I’d say we’re all enjoying this a lot!”

    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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    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.

    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.

     

    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.’

    30 Jan

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    ‘Retrouvailles’, New Zealand : from Timaru to Omarama

    30 January 2017 | By | No Comments

    Cyril and Elodie’s bike trip has started in New Zealand on the banks of the Timaru and Omarama lakes.

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    Their first encounters with the people were very pleasant because “the Kiwis are extraordinarily kind, welcoming, easy and patient.” To spend as much time with the New Zealanders as possible Cyril and Elodie have chosen to stay at the locals’ homes thanks to the websites Couchsurfing and Warmshowers. When they can’t find a place to stay they’ll go camping.

    For the beginning of the trip the roads are quite easy to cycle, there are lots of cycle paths and the others users are patient and careful.

    The first kilometers enabled us to test the material, make some adjustments, recover from the flight and the jetlag.” In 5 days, the couple has cycled for 220km.

    The concept of city centre doesn’t really exist. It seems the English tried to establish this way of living but it didn’t work. Usually there is one main street lined with a few shops in the middle of the city, the houses are set around this main street and the farms are at the entrance and exit of the city. You won’t find a central area with restaurants and bars like in Europe !

    After stopping at Fairlie, Cyril and Elodie took the road to the lakes through the State Highway 8. Steep roads and a strong wind forced them to reduce their speed until Lake Tepako 710m high.

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    Then the pair reached one of the most famous bike trails in New Zealand : the ‘Alps 2 Oceans Bike Trail’ to reach lake Pukaki, the biggest lake in New Zealand with Mount Cook (3754m high) in the background.

    On the way to Omarama. To reach this village we were quite lucky : wind in our backs, a slight slope, we can cycle up to 30km/h easily, it lifts our spirits up.

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    After 480km and a hill of 1750m, the pair is quite enthusiast about the KIT L80 bike trailer :

    All our stuff is easily carried in our AEVON bike trailer which follows us everywhere ! It’s really handy and completely waterproof ! Our total load was quite heavy and when we’re going downhill it doesn’t waver (up until 71km/h). The fact the trailer is suspended (with a shock absorber) is very handy as you can climb any type of obstacle without any damage to the rim or tyre. We are happy with our choice and recommend it to other bikpackers like us.
    The photovoltaic panel was a brilliant idea, our GPS and phones’ batteries are always full. That’s exactly what we needed !

    We will follow Cyril and Elodie along their trip, don’t hesitate to read their blog.