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Plasticity – Flexibility – Resiliency

Well, this all started well. 

(french version below)

Géry and I had to leave in 20 days to cross the USA with our bike, to meet those who are working to find solutions, alternatives, new ways to live in harmony on this planet.

COVID 19 has caused us to revise our plans.  No possible plane for Géry, no solar-bike for me, no hotels or campground available, and no possibility for meeting with all those problem solvers.  So, it was a bit "should I stay, or should I go now"?

We both decided to go together but separately.  We are going to travel two continents at the same time: America and Europe.  Some would see it as greed, we see resiliency.

Having lost my co-driver and the "superbike", I turned to what was "close to me" (short circuit ;-): my son Léopold (21 years old) and my everyday bike.

We will be leaving next week, with a sum of compromises that gives, in the end, a rather cheerful cocktail.  My wife Corine will accompany us to provide us with the lodging in an RV, to make us meditate and maybe cure us the sores.  Bay2Bay becomes for the BtoB ("Baudouin to Boulder") cause in United states.  

On the menu of the course, two mountain ranges that are a bit of a scarecrow: the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountain, days between 60km and 160km and 18 days to cover 2000 km.

Here is what it will look like, on a map.

And when we come back, Géry will just have left for a unique "Tour de France" powered by solar energy, and his legs :-).  In Europe, Bay2bay becomes  BtoB ("Belgium to Belgium" .. with a +4.000km loop across Lyon, Britany, Pyrénées and Alpes mountains, before moving back to Belgium).

The sun trip race is unique of a kind in the world long range Ebike amateur race. About 30 "suntrippers", together with their home made solar power generated machines (with 2 or up to 5 wheels), cycle throughout long days over a daily distance from 150 to 350 km. It's certainly a technological adventure, aimed to demonstrate that de-carbonized mobility is possible, even on long distances. But it's at first a human adventure, with people sharing same values such as willingness to discover, share, persevere, care for each other as the goal is to all arrives at the arrival line. 

Here is the map of the race:  

Several "first grade"  mountain passes will have to be overcome such as "le col du Tourmalet" in Pyrenées. After 19 km of continuous laces up to 2.114 m .. the view must be magic !
Col du Tourmalet - Pyrenées

But Bay2bay is more than a single summer trip. It's from now on a life time commitment. Together we want to stay ambassadors of solutions to limit climate change. We'll share our experience throughout our journeys before we are able to reconvene physically at the end of this summer. 

Enjoy your summer !


Bon, tout ceci avait bien commencé.  
Géry et moi devions partir dans 20 jours pour traverser les USA avec notre vélo, à la rencontre de ceux et celles qui œuvrent à trouver des solutions, des alternatives, des modes nouveaux pour vivre en harmonie sur cette planète où nous ne réalisons pas toujours que si nos besoins augmentent et que nos ressources diminuent ; un jour où l’autre les courbes se croisent et cela risque bien de coincer…

Le COVID nous amène à revoir nos plans.  Pas de panneaux solaires pour notre prototype, pas d’avion possible pour Géry, pas de vélo pour moi, pas d’hôtels ni de campings ouverts, et pas de possibilité de rencontre avec tous ces problem solver.  Alors c’était un peu « should I stay, or should I go now”?

Nous avons donc décider d’y aller tous les deux, ensemble mais séparément.  Nous allons parcourir deux continents à la fois : l’Amérique et l’Europe.  Certains y verraient de la gloutonnerie, nous y voyons de la résilience.

Ayant perdu mon co-pilote et le "super-bike", je me suis tourné vers ce qui était « près de moi » (circuit court ;-), et j’ai embarqué mon fils Léopold (21 ans) et mon vélo de tous les jours.

Nous partons la semaine prochaine, avec une somme de compromis qui donne au final un cocktail plutôt réjouissant.  Mon épouse Corine nous accompagnera pour nous donner le gîte dans un RV, pour nous faire méditer et peut-être nous soigner les bobos.  Bay2Bay devient pour la cause BtoB (Baudouin to Boulder) aux Etats-unis.  

Au menu du parcours, deux chaînes montagneuses qui font un peu figure d’épouvantail : la Sierra Nevada et les Rocky Mountain, des journées entre 60km et 160km et 18 jours pour parcourir 2000 km.

Voici à quoi cela ressemblera, sur une carte.

Et à mon retour, Géry sera en route pour un "tour de France" un peu particulier, propulsé par ses jambes et l'énérgie solaire. En Europe, Bay2bay devient "Belgium to Belgium" en passant par une boucle de plus de 4.000 km à travers la France, la région du centre, la Bretagne, les Pyrénées et les Alpes.  

le sun trip est une course unique au monde. Elle rassemble une trentaine de coureurs amateurs pour parcourir une longue distance sur un vélos solaire "maison". Au delà du défis technologique, visant à montrer qu'une mobilité dé-carbonnée est possible, même sur une longue distance, elle reste une expérience humaine forte, rassemblant des personnes autour de mêmes valeurs telles le désir de découverte, de partager, de se dépasser et de s'entra-aider le but est d'arriver tous ensemble à passer la ligne d'arrivée.
Mais Bay2bay est plus qu'une simple expédition d'été, c'est un engagement pour la vie. Nous voulons rester des ambassadeurs de solutions permettant de limiter le changement climatique. Nous continuerons à partager nos experiences et découvertes à ce sujet tout au long de notre voyage avant de nous retrouver physiquement à la fin de l'été dans la mesure du possible.    

très bon été a toutes et tous.  


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