It’s a sunny day in Tumbaco on this early September day when we leave Santiago and his family. We landed a few days earlier in Quito, capital of Ecuador, and spent a few days in Santiago’s casa de ciclistas to get ready for the start of our big adventure. We’d been looking forward to that day for a year and a half now, researching the Internet and getting all the equipment needed, and we were excited and eager to set our feet on the pedals. Ahead of us lied the vast expanses of the Andes which we planned to cross until the southernmost city in the world: Ushuaia. This would take us 6 months. The second stage of our trip would then take us in early march 2013 to Turkey, for another 8 months cycling across Central Asia. Our only companions would be two Azub 5 recumbent bicycles, which we chose for their extra comfort and robustness. Lire la suite
Together with the school headmaster and teachers at the primary school of Ensuès la Redonne we had defined a timeline of activities related to Sustainable Development. Several companies working in the field of water, recycling and the environment also offered their support. Workshops took place during the first two weeks of June 2012 and were aimed at Grade 3 children (3 classes, 80 children). Lire la suite
Today 20 % of the world’s population consume 80% of the world’s resources, and create 83% of the world’s waste. And the remaining 20% often dream of living like us. This is of course unsustainable in the long term.
In the past years the concept of Sustainable Development has become increasingly well known to the public and mentalities have started to change. However progress has been very slow compared to the urgency of action needed to prevent a global catastrophe. Lire la suite
Our project will take place over three years, from January 2012 until December 2014.
Before our trip: January – August 2012
In January we contacted several primary schools in our community close to Marseille in Southern France. Three schools were interested in our project, one in Ensuès la Redonne (our hometown) and two in Sausset les Pins, i.e. more than 500 pupils.
Together with the school directors and teachers we have defined a timeline of activities related to Sustainable Development. Several enterprises / association working in the field of water, recycling and the environment are also offering their support. Lire la suite
Our goal is to act as messengers between the western culture and the more traditional societies, since both can learn from each other.
The topic of sustainable development is very dear to us. We believe it is important to educate people in our western world about the flaws of mass consumption, while encouraging people in developing countries, who often envy our way of life, to take care of their environment. Lire la suite
A year on a bicycle …
South America, 6 months
The first part of our trip will take us on the old Inca trail, from Quito the capital of Ecuador to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Along the Andes we will cycle through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Lire la suite
Angélique Pairault (32)
A mountain and travel enthusiast, I practice several outdoor sports such as hiking, cycling, mountaineering, ski touring etc… I love going on long treks and living like a nomad, meeting new people and travelling all over the globe. Lire la suite
Open up to the world…
We, Angélique and Vincent, are a couple fond of travels and wide-open spaces, looking for encounters and adventure. Our departure is planned for September 2012 for a 15 month long trip on recumbent bicycles!
Our goal: pedal along the Andes from Ecuador to the tip of South America along the Andes, and then along the old Silk Road from Ankara to Delhi across Central Asia, i.e. about 18000km and 14 countries. Lire la suite