The project

A year’s cycling trip around the world as a family was the idea that emerged very spontaneously at the end of 2021.

We are not great adventurers, nor even globe-trotters, and this is the first time we are going abroad as a family.

The possibility of taking a break in our lives, opening up to new encounters and other cultures, shaking up our certainties, finding ourselves as a family, living an itinerant experience… this is what motivated our project.

It’s decided, we’re leaving on August 1st 2022 from Embrun (Hautes Alpes) for a trip that we envisage in 4 stages:

  • Europe (crossing the Po plain, down the Adriatic coast through the Balkans and to Athens)
  • South East Asia (route between Cambodia, Laos and Thailand)
  • South East Australia (Melbourne -> Brisbane)
  • North America (circuit to be defined around the west coast of the continent).

We will be equipped with 2 Pino HASE tandems, which offer a semi-recumbent front position for the child, and a classic seated rear position for the adult.

Read more about the preparation of the project:  blog post

We opted for the bicycle:

  • for the feeling of freedom it gives,
  • for the potential it offers to meet people,
  • for the simplicity it represents,
  • for the material sobriety it requires,
  • and for a thousand and one other reasons…

Églantine – 4 years old: bubbly and cheerful, the youngest of the team will follow her Grande Section of nursery school on the trip. She likes: animals and unicorns. She doesn’t like: storms. What she dreams of experiencing on this trip: seeing kangaroos in Australia!

Timéo – 6 years old: sensitive and attentive, the big brother will follow the CP class on the trip. He likes: space, the solar system, and trains. He doesn’t like: black pudding.

Prêle – 38 years old: Queen of organisation and interim teacher, she left a happy team of accountants (no, no, it’s not an oxymoron) to carry out this trip project.

Laurent – 39: In charge of the itinerary, he took advantage of the end of a professional mission to get ahead of the mid-life crisis.

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1896)