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2008-2014 Expeditions

 

  • Italy

July 2008. My first year as a school teacher just came to an end. Inspired by Michel Déon’s Le Jeune homme vert (French novel about an abandoned child adopted by a gardener, who later has different adventures in France and Europe), I spend my vacation crossing the French and Italian Alps on my bike. Twelve days of evasion. I do not realize yet the importance that the freedom of which I just had a taste will have in my life.

 

  • Romania

July 2008. My first year as a school teacher just came to an end. Inspired by Michel Déon’s Le Jeune homme vert (French novel about an abandoned child adopted by a gardener, who later has different adventures in France and Europe), I spend my vacation crossing the French and Italian Alps on my bike. Twelve days of evasion. I do not realize yet the importance that the freedom of which I just had a taste will have in my life.

 

  • Lozère (French Department)

May 2010. I just finished my training as a lumberer, in Lozère. I have had enough of trips shared with motorists and I now wish to visit less accessible places. Having no experience in trekking, it is with a pedagogical purpose that I undertake a tour of Lozère by foot. Painful initiation, but the idea of walking seduces me.

 

  • Austria

August 2011. I challenge myself to leave from Montmelard (Saône-et-Loire) by foot to get into Austria, 800 km away, and to come back by hitch-hiking. While crossing Switzerland, I take time to escalade the Bishorn (4157m) and visit the Château d’Oex, the residence of Mike Horn, an adventurer whom I admire.

 

  • Norway

Having left Oslo on June 14, 2012, I pedaled 1200 km on my bike (Oslo – Arctic Polar Circle) and walked yet for 1400 km (Arctic Polar Circle – Kinnarodden), entirely crossing Norway. This solitary adventure lasted two months during which I had to do with catastrophic weather (50 rainy days on 60), a 3-week delayed summer and numerous contingencies. I had to go through snowfalls and heavy rain downpours, as well as to get across glacial rivers and mosquitoes-infested marshes. Motivated by fabulous landscapes and with the help of more than warm inhabitants, I met all the challenges that the Arctic placed on my way.

 

  • The Loire (french river)

July 2014. More than 3000 km of rivers and lakes await me next year, when I will be crossing North America from east to west. An excellent preparation was my 20-days 900 km trip aboard an inflatable kayak (packraft), from Puy-en-Velay down to Nantes; during that trip, I discovered the virtues of fasting. The aquatic environment of the last European « wild » river, together with its myriads of birds and its splendid structures (castles and bridges), ravished me from the beginning to the end of my trip.

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