A family from Magny-Cours on their way to a round-the-world bicycle tour that will last between three and four years

Since Michaël Morand, 45, an industrial radiologist, and his partner, Isabelle Gilliot, 40, senior manager of a fast-food chain, have been talking about their project, their idea can be summed up in a nutshell: “You will be cycling around the world walk? “. Disbelief. Desire. Chills.

The project matured slowly

For Michaël, the phrase “cycling around the world” isn’t quite accurate, but it sets the tone for the adventure he is having with his partner and their two children, Fleurette (12 years old) and Marley (3.5 years old). will be a year old girl). The project, in their heads for three or four years, quietly matured over time. To the test of confronting their life, desires, desires and accumulation of information with the changing reality (Covid-19, war in Ukraine, etc.).

bonus Firmin Jondot, born in Sougy, and Alexandrine Cabarbaye back from their trip to South America

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To fully understand the project, you need to have the answers to the questions: why leave everything, and most importantly, what for? How do you overcome such a distance? How do you imagine the steps? What precautions are taken to avoid endangering the “stem” as far as possible? How can school work be ensured for children? And what will her return be…? The family had already reconsidered their way of life in recent years. From the desire to get closer to nature, from concern for savings in anticipation of this adventure, from a refusal of the superfluous. A sane life.

“Colombia and we move on to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina”

Two donkeys were seen in the meadow next to the house. On the surrounding paths one could also come across one fitted with a pack-saddle to pick up the litter that Fleurette picked up everywhere as she walked. And then an event led to the car being abandoned for bicycles. Habits (the bad ones, of course) related to the way of life, the food, the “killing” of time were lost.

An ecological awareness was strengthened in order to create a different way of structuring and looking at time. The step of imagining a future and breaking with tradition was skipped. The “why” was clear. The “why” would of course intrude: to become master of one’s own life, to resist the constraints of society, to get out of the formatting of “the norm”, to meet the other, to discover spaces, horizons, peoples, experiences.

Vancouver, the beginning of the adventure

The journey will be by bike, as much as possible on dedicated roads, but also by plane, by train. Bike to Roissy (in two weeks) to fly to Vancouver (Canada). Beginning of the real adventure. The Great Road to Calgary. Then descend along the West Coast of the United States to see Yellowstone Park, the Grand Canyon, Sequoia Park, and San Francisco. In the USA, our visas are valid for three months. So we will reach Mexico by train. The bike to Cancún, the plane to Colombia and then on to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. We need two years for that. And once we’re in southern Chile, maybe we’ll go to Japan. We wanted to return via lands east of Russia and via Mongolia so Fleurette could see the horses – she is passionate about horses and riding – but…”

Now the state of mind combines the expectation of departure, the desire to start, reasonable optimism and belief in yourself. What benefits!

Travel: User’s Guide

How do you design the stages?

They consist of travel time, about forty kilometers a day, following the rhythm of the seasons, mealtimes and rest periods, exchanges with the children to ensure school knowledge. Technology and dedicated locations will be the means to acquire the essential concepts. For the bivouac we land where permitted, perhaps with private individuals, with the opportunity to exchange our work for lodging, food or currency. The language barrier ? We both can communicate in English and Spanish and have even started working on sign language (smiles).

What about the precautions to take?

We have anticipated diseases (numerous vaccinations!), the question of teeth, glasses and a well-stocked care set. As for safety, it shouldn’t be much different than it can be in some corners here. Anyway, in this crew we will surely attract the attention of law enforcement. We will try to use it.

Departure. The adventure begins on Sunday April 3rd. Appointment with friends, family, various supporters to meet at 10am in the cemetery parking lot. A moment to say to yourself, “See you again in… three or four years.” With a smile on her face and a thought of those who see her leave with a little apprehension. Sometimes badly hidden.

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