Live on his bike around the world [PHOTOS]

Vivre sur son vélo autour du monde [PHOTOS]

Pierre Bouchard and Janick Lemieux are not an ordinary man. The 53-year-old native of Quebec and his wife of 47 years, Saint-Hyacinthe, have to two about 300 000 km in the legs and the pedals, having made more than three times around the world as a whole bike. They currently present the result of their wanderings in the form of lectures offered in thirty regions of Quebec.

“I live as a nomad on my bike for 30 years and, for this journey of 21 000 km over 21 months, which has made us of Norway to Tanzania, we decided to go to the meeting of the nomadic peoples. This is why we have named our conference Nomades2!” said Pierre in the Sun at the time of giving the first of his lectures in Baie-Saint-Paul. The couple will be in Quebec city on Sunday to present two lectures at the space LaScène of Lebourgneuf at 13h30 and 19h.

Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and holds a certificate in creative writing, Peter took a liking to the odyssey on two wheels during the summer vacation after his bachelor’s degree. “Then I took a two year sabbatical to ride in Europe and Africa. Finally, I never went back. I am typing on a world tour of five and a half years!” says the one who traveled first with a friend, Steve Bellemare, and would sometimes have breaks between the two “odyssey” in Whistler, British Columbia. It is there that he has known Janick, another globe-trotter who loved to travel the world with a backpack.

Vivre sur son vélo autour du monde [PHOTOS]

In Tanzania

Provided by Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard

Meeting

“It was known and our relationship became more intimate. When Steve has been traveling with me, Janick went to work in Australia for a year while I was going for a ride! This was before the Internet, so we wrote letters by the post office. One day, we had planned to see in New Zealand and I put one knee and I proposed to him to “move in” on the road with me and she said yes!” he remembers.

The pair, who are now hiring a “base camp” in Charlevoix between his travels around the world, took a break from the road for five years from 2009 to 2014 after having done it for six years down the road of the active volcanoes of the Pacific ring of fire. “It really confirmed our choice of life. Our returns stretch a little more, because it is also involved in the development of the bicycle in the region, but we always look forward to starting afresh,” says Pierre.

Vivre sur son vélo autour du monde [PHOTOS]

In Ethiopia

Provided by Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard

It is from June 2014 to April 2016 that took place on the great trip that they tell in their lectures and in which they are taken 35 000 photos and hours of video. “It was a trip very diversified with a lot of movement, because the nomadic people move a lot and we, too, are moving. The heat, the water have been logistical challenges in the north of Africa, including Sudan in July during ramadan. Fortunately, there was the Nile, not very far away!” he says. Pierre and Janick have also tasted the bitter winter temperatures in the Taurus mountains, in Turkey.

Nomadism

“We found that nomadism is a way of life in danger of extinction. Their children, often more educated, want a different life, less hard physically,” says Peter in speaking of the Roma, of the cattle producers in Northern Europe, but also of the pygmies of Africa or the Hadza, a people of hunter-gatherers of Tanzania that are not more than 300.

Vivre sur son vélo autour du monde [PHOTOS]

In Turkey

Provided by Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard

“It is still sad when you look at the situation of the pygmies, displaced from their ancient forests from which they drew their subsistence to national parks. We are now encamped in the ghettos,” he continued.

Once their series of lectures supplemented, Pierre and Janick have the intention of returning to Africa to continue their exploration of the nomadic peoples. “The project is to return to Tanzania down to South Africa by making a trip to Madagascar and then back to the west coast to Morocco, and perhaps cross to the iberian peninsula.”

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