Cyril and Elodie have been travelling through New-Zealand on their way to Wellington the capital, then farther to Waiheke island.
“After travelling through the South island, it’s time for us to take the ferry to Picton to reach the capital of New-Zealand, Wellington !
The crossing on the ferry took us 3 hours and it was beautiful ! We sailed through the ‘sounds’ or ‘little fjords’ and we saw beautiful landscapes (we were lucky to have such nice weather.) We even came accross dolphins playing in the waves of the boat : the Hector’s dolphin (the smallest in the world) and the common dolphin.’
The activity of the capital was in contrast with the almost uninhabited island the couple just travelled through. However there were very few vehicles on the roads.
After visiting the capital (25mn on foot to go from one end of the city to the other), the couple began their trip to the North of the island, along the ‘Hut River Trail’. It’s an old railway.
‘Only a part of this trail is really for MTB because of the collapse of a bridge where we have to cross a river. Our Aevon bike trailer meets our expectations. Mud, sand, road, it follows us easily. We almost never have to question ourselves whether the roads we will be using will be compatible with our bike trailer.’
Then Cyril and Elodie continued their trip to Whanganui with a beautiful view on the volcanos.
At Turangi, spas offered to take a hot bath coming from natural sources. Then from Turangi to Taupo, 55km on the bikes offered an amazing view on lake Taupo, the biggest in the country.
‘Upon our arrival to the city of Rotorua, the smell is very strong. The city is build on a sulfur deposit and there are holes everywhere in the city. This is also why the lake looks yellow in some places. The city is famous for its population of Maoris. But here they look and live like anybody else. So we are not sure if we met some of them. Only certain tattoos betray the rank of a person in his tribe.’
Cyril and Elodie took the ferry again, in the direction of Waiheke island, famous for its vineyards and only 15km long for 3km wide maximum.
The item spent their last days there before flying to Adelaide in Australia where we’ll follow them soon !
Ronan, Ewen and Aurel have decided to go on a trip along the West African coast with their bikes and Aevon trailers STD 100 to find the best surfing spots.
With their fat-bikes and their bike trailers fully loaded, each kilometer is a challenge and the maximum speed is 9km/h. In total, they have cycled for 850km along the African beaches and through the jungle with 210kg material (70kg each) to offer you the pleasure of their web series Lost in the Swell that will make you laugh and plan your next adventure very soon. A bike trip in extreme conditions with one goal : THE wave !
Their goal : find a spot, a wave that has never been surfed before, for example : “Bambi’s left” :
‘Bambi’s left is located at 5880km from Paris, 500km from Libreville airport and 58km from Mayumba which is the last village at the South of the country. To cross these 58km and reach our first wave, we needed 3 days and 3 nights. And it was hard to reach ! Our camp was located at the end of the bay, just in front of the wave. Many sitatungas (antelopes) came to dring in the lagoon close to our tents. One of them, less shy, seemed used to the cameras. We guess it was retired Bambi and decided to name this wave Bambi’s left.’
The film for their trip ‘Paradise Lost‘ is currently being shot in many French cinemas where you can meet the 3 men :
Marine and Loïs cycled accross the ‘traversée de l’Hérault’ last summer with their Aevon trailer STD 100.
300km of mountain biking in full nature with 7000m difference in height. Departure : Montpellier. Arrival : La Salvetat-sur-Agout, little village in the South of France, located at 1 087m at its highest.
“Our bike trailer helped us carry all our luggage, our tent and camping stove during the trip.
We cycled on little roads, but mainly paths and single tracks.
The behaviour of the trailer offroad is very good, thanks to the hitch on the seat post and the shock absorber. The only limits were our legs uphill and our brakes downhill. Wherever the MTB goes, the bike trailer follows and we didn’t spare it anything : hills, flooded passages and technicals slopes.
We could carry 25kg of luggage easily.”
The Aevon brand was designed by a mountain biker, he designed it in order to cycle accross difficult passages : aluminium frame, adjustable shock absorber, hitch on the seat post.
“Our next purchase for our future trips will be an Aevon specific waterproof bag.
We recommend this trailer to those who are looking for a reliable product.”
This track is maintained by the Hérault department with many B&Bs along the way for cyclists and hikers.
Cyril and Elodie’s bike trip has started in New Zealand on the banks of the Timaru and Omarama lakes.
Their first encounters with the people were very pleasant because “the Kiwis are extraordinarily kind, welcoming, easy and patient.” To spend as much time with the New Zealanders as possible Cyril and Elodie have chosen to stay at the locals’ homes thanks to the websites Couchsurfing and Warmshowers. When they can’t find a place to stay they’ll go camping.
For the beginning of the trip the roads are quite easy to cycle, there are lots of cycle paths and the others users are patient and careful.
“The first kilometers enabled us to test the material, make some adjustments, recover from the flight and the jetlag.” In 5 days, the couple has cycled for 220km.
“The concept of city centre doesn’t really exist. It seems the English tried to establish this way of living but it didn’t work. Usually there is one main street lined with a few shops in the middle of the city, the houses are set around this main street and the farms are at the entrance and exit of the city. You won’t find a central area with restaurants and bars like in Europe !”
After stopping at Fairlie, Cyril and Elodie took the road to the lakes through the State Highway 8. Steep roads and a strong wind forced them to reduce their speed until Lake Tepako 710m high.
Then the pair reached one of the most famous bike trails in New Zealand : the ‘Alps 2 Oceans Bike Trail’ to reach lake Pukaki, the biggest lake in New Zealand with Mount Cook (3754m high) in the background.
“On the way to Omarama. To reach this village we were quite lucky : wind in our backs, a slight slope, we can cycle up to 30km/h easily, it lifts our spirits up.”
“All our stuff is easily carried in our AEVON bike trailer which follows us everywhere ! It’s really handy and completely waterproof ! Our total load was quite heavy and when we’re going downhill it doesn’t waver (up until 71km/h). The fact the trailer is suspended (with a shock absorber) is very handy as you can climb any type of obstacle without any damage to the rim or tyre. We are happy with our choice and recommend it to other bikpackers like us.
The photovoltaic panel was a brilliant idea, our GPS and phones’ batteries are always full. That’s exactly what we needed !”
Benjamin and Jean-Charles realized their dream of a trip by bike around the world with their STD 100 in 2012 and 2013. Today they are back with a book about their adventure and they need your help to publish it.
“You want to but you think it’s impossible… Welcome into our big adventure and maybe one day you will be the one on the road.”
Raid Planète Secours is the team of two firemen, real adventurers. In September 2012 they began their world tour by bike and Aevon trailer STD 100. Personal challenge but also humanitarian action, they used their skills to teach first aid techniques along the way, in partnership with the Red Cross.
“You will discover the magic that comes from dreaming and travelling, the strength to believe in the impossible, the generosity that human and nature can offer you when you open your arms to them…
You will feel what is is to be free !
Life showed me how lucky I am to be born in France. I never really knew hunger, war or sickness. Everyday, I look around me and enjoy my freedom.”
Today Raid Planète Secours need your help to publish their book. From 5€, you can offer them the opportunity to share their bike trip and to take you along in their adventures. Maybe they will also give you ideas so that you can start your own travelling projects.
The goal is to cycle from Mexico to Ushuaïa. To start, the road will go along the south coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the bay of Campeche (bahía de Campeche) and through different Sierras : of Villa Alta, of Miahuatlán.
After saving money for a few months Bertand prefers to travel alone, so as to be completely free and enjoy his bike trip the way he likes. First step : choosing the material. Each gram counts so you have to leave with only the essentials. To carry his stuff, Bertrand chose the Aevon trailer STD 100, large enough to carry clothes and bivouac stuff. With its shock absorber, the STD 100 trailer is able to follow the bike on all types of tracks. Leaving for a bike trip of at least 2 years through countries with different climates requires to take the most technical gear.
First step, the city of Campeche.
After two days of more than 90km with wind, I decide to listen to my body and to rest for a day in Campeche, a beautiful city with a colonial atmosphere. It’s a fortified city from the 17th century. It is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and essentially lives from petrol and shrimps.
We will follow Bertrand’s adventures in the months to come. Don’t hesitate to check out his blog full of adventure and encounters.
I’m writing from Puerto Escondido, a beer in one hand, with the sound of the waves in the background. The sunset was beautiful, like the body board session I enjoyed this evening. Real holidays begin, chill, beach and surfing…;)
Elodie and Cyril have launched the project ‘Retrouvailles’, a trip of about 3 years that will take them from New-Zealand to South America and then North America.
“Our project ‘Retrouvailles’ is about coming back to essential values, like living with Man and Nature (versus the need for performance, materialism, consumption …) The goal is to make a break in our intense lives dominated by work and duties and meet ourselves, individually and as a couple, as well as meeting other people.
‘Retrouvailles’ means to us : find the time to live with essential values, find ourselves back and enjoy meeting people, make discoveries of other cultures and landscapes … ”
Elodie and Cyril will travel by bike equipped with a KIT L80 trailer so they can carry up to 35kg of material and carry it on the plane as this trailer is completely foldable.
The bikes are MTB from Canyon with fully suspended frame in order to travel on all types of tracks. A little study enabled them to choose a new bike for Elodie and adapt both bikes so they can be as confortable as possible. Their goal is to live with 10€/day so they will bring a camping stove to be able to cook anywhere.
The preparation took months, an important step when the couple slowly detached itself from the material to keep only the absolutely necessary. They admit that this project brings them through different emotions : joy and excitement of course, but also fear and stress before leaving.
Pierre is just back from his journey through Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with his MTB and KIT L80 bike trailer.
“Praise to the iron horse.
It dealt brilliantly with the road and made the journey all the more enjoyable. Minor servicing was enough to keep the beast going.
I saw several people who had problems, broken steel frame and broken paniers. Also, the unpaved sections were a lot smoother on my ride, especially downhills. It didn’t look enjoyable riding without suspensions. And I was much faster in rough terrains. I had a peace of mind knowing that my rig would deal with the bumps and holes and that my powerful disc brakes would not dangerously fade during long descents, as I saw riders with calipers brake struggling to slow down during long heavy braking sections.
I didn’t see anyone else with a bike trailer, and the other tourers were quite interested in my setup.
I would not change for a regular touring bike with panniers for this kind of journey.
Those who did not have problems had relatively new and expensive touring bike (they can be really expensive).”
Here is an extract from Pierre’s blog :
I have now reached Khorog, the biggest town in the Pamir. I have followed the valley of the Panj river for a few hundred km. On my right side was Afghanistan and what was merely more than a footpath along the river as the asphalted road I used was on the Tajik side. What a contrast. Afghan villages are beautiful and the landscape is breathtaking. There are natural springs which are a blessing, finding fresh cold water now fulfills me with joy.
I have slowed down a bit, actually no, I just ride less km per day. I don’t want to arrive tired when the climbing and altitude will get serious.
I see a lot of local people, grown ups, just waiting, sitting on their heels at the roadside, seemingly waiting for time to pass. There are a lot of children, stopping you with “hello” and “bye bye” without distinction, and recently they wanted high five, even when you are suffering like a beast in an ever so steep climb, or flying downhill. No distinction.
However, from around age 7 I would say, the kids run the business in the smallest villages. They are in charge of the food stalls, dealing with foreigners, laundry, collecting wood, shepherds, you name it. Of course adults also work, but I see a lot of child labor. It does not look terrible, and they still play, but they kind of help a lot. From what I can see of the Afghan side, there are also lots of kids, but those I see are usually bathing in the river. I saw a few times what were probably big schools for the children of the area. The Afghan wear traditional clothes. Sometimes it feels like you could touch the other side.
There is a Saturday market here in Khorog, in a no man’s land managed by customs of both countries where locals from both side can come and exchange stuff. Quite interesting. The Afghans I saw were very kind and open-minded.”
Read about Pierre’s adventures on his blog : click here.
Aevon bike trailers do not just carry your stuff around, they also help to create contact anywhere !