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Joe Bowen detiene il Guinness World Record per la distanza più lunga percorsa con i trampoli: 3’008 miglia. Partito nel 1980, camminò attraverso gli Stati Uniti raccogliendo fondi per la ricerca contro le distrofie muscolari.

 

“I like the old farm story about the difference in being involved and being committed. When it comes to making breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the hog is committed. Just like that old hog, I am committed. But I’m committed to Kentucky.” -Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen has a passion for all that is Kentucky. From the time he was born in the town that bears his name, Bowen, Kentucky, he has worked to improve the lives of Kentuckians.

Joe, with his four brothers, grew up on a hillside farm in Powell County. Joe was an avid horseman and is still locally remembered for riding two stallions standing up with a foot on the back of each horse. He also rode his horse to remote “hollers” to cut the hair of the local kids, for free, to “keep them looking sharp.” He graduated from Powell County High School in 1962.

In 1967, fresh out of the Air Force and with $43 dollars in his pocket, Joe rode his bicycle from California home to Eastern Kentucky. Rather than taking the direct route, he decided to discover America. His 14,000-mile odyssey earned him many friends, much publicity, and the legacy as the first person recognized to extensively tour the United States by bicycle.

In 1980, Joe Bowen walked 3,000 miles across the United States on stilts to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy research. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he holds the world record for the longest stilt-walk. He also stilt-walked in five European countries to raise money for philanthropic purposes.

In the course of his humanitarian activities, he met with six governors and many celebrities including Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Elvis Presley, and many others.

However, don’t get the idea that biking and stilt walking are Joe’s only interests.

While in the Air Force, Joe twice gathered and delivered a military cargo plane full of presents and clothes to the Dessie Scott Children’s Home in Wolfe County, KY.

Joe envisioned, designed and raised the money to build a statue of legendary Eastern Kentucky horse trainer, Woody Stephens. With the help of Seth Hancock, a statue unveiling banquet was held in Woody’s honor that raised $80,000. This money was donated for Multiple Sclerosis research. The statue now stands at the Powell County Courthouse.

Joe was part of the Taylorsville Cemetery Restoration Project, a two-year effort to restore the cemetery and boost community pride.

Joe also bought, rescued and completely restored a gazebo originally built in 1898. He then moved it to where it now proudly stands as a landmark on the grounds of Spencer County High School.

Joe Bowen has researched and rediscovered the mystery of Felix Grundy Stidger, a spy for the Union Army, born in Taylorsville, who infiltrated the Confederate army. Stidger’s clandestine service was so significant and remarkable that Adjutant General Holt in his report to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton gave Stidger credit for winning the war. Joe is leading the effort to turn the house where Stidger was born into a historic site.

Joe Bowen is actively involved in the Eastern Kentucky Heritage Monument, which he describes as, “The single most important project for Appalachian Kentucky. Not only will it be a tremendous economic development project for the entire region, it will improve the image of all of Kentucky.” Joe was the first individual to contribute financially to the Eastern Kentucky Heritage Monument project which is co-sponsored by the Mountain Parkway Trails Corridor and the Appalachian Heritage Alliance.

Joe was the guiding force in building the statues to honor the memory and legacy of Governor Bert T. Combs. The first statue stands in Powell County just off the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, the undisputed lifeline of Eastern Kentucky. The others stand in Prestonsburg and Manchester.

As Joe travels across the country on his bicycle-education tour, he will be promoting all of Kentucky. He will also be singing the praises of the newly designated Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway located in Powell, Menifee and Wolfe Counties.

He’s published a book, “Stiltwalk,” and has authored many magazine articles for sports, exercise and tourism publications. He has written four articles for the Kentucky Explorer Magazine.

For his commitment, Joe has won a multitude of awards. Twice, he has carried the Olympic torch. Twice he has been featured in “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” He’s won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Humanities Outstanding Service Award from the University of Louisville, and the Ambassador for Life award from the U.S. Jaycees. Also, he’s currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest walk on stilts.

Joe was the recipient of the first "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Award." It was presented to him by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Joe is involved in the KY Rails To Trails Council. Currently, they are trying to turn thirty-six miles of the abandoned R. J. Corman Railroad in Breathitt, Magoffin and Johnson Counties into a hiking, biking and horse-riding trail.

After eight years of balancing a full time job with night and Saturday classes, Joe graduated from the University of Louisville in 1978.

His proudest accomplishment: his three daughters – Shawna, Lonna and Natalie Anne.

Not bad for a 63 year old construction worker from Bowen, Kentucky. A committed guy with an Unbridled Spirit for Kentucky.

http://www.appalachianheritagealliance.org/joe-bio.html

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Stefano Bolliger e Angelina Perrin sono partiti partiti nel 2007 in bicicletta da Lugano alla volta dell’India.

Giro del mondo in bici: partiti!
Angelina e Stefano hanno iniziato il loro viaggio in bicicletta, che li vedrà percorrere la Via della Seta.
Sono partiti. Sono montati in sella alla loro bicicletta e hanno iniziato il loro percorso che li porterà a visitare diversi paesi, fino ad arrivare in India.

Angelina Perrin e Stefano Bolliger sono partiti poco fa da Pazzallo, per questo singolare e suggestivo viaggio in bicicletta.

In un anno, come già vi abbiamo spiegato ieri, la coppia di giovani attraverserà l'Italia, la Grecia, la Turchia, la Siria, la Giordania, l'Egitto, l'Uzbekistan, l'Iran, la Cina, il Pakistan, fino ad arrivare in India.

Vi ricordiamo che il loro viaggio sarà monitorabile da metà settembre sul sito Internet http://sionroulait.blogs.marieclaire.fr.

http://www.tio.ch/News/Ticino/341712/Giro-del-mondo-in-bici-partiti/


Ils s'en vont pour 14 mois... à bicyclette !

Une jeune vendéenne et son compagnon sont partis hier de Suisse pour rejoindre l'Inde... à vélo. Objectif  : la défense de ce mode de transport propre.
Quatorze mois de vélo, de Suisse jusqu'en Inde ! C'est le projet un peu fou de la Vendéenne Angélina Perrin et de son compagnon Stéphane Bolliger. Dimanche, c'était le jour du grand départ : « Ça nous trottait dans la tête depuis plus de deux ans, raconte Angélina. Au début, c'était un simple rêve. Puis un jour, on s'est mis à y réfléchir plus précisément. On a regardé des cartes, imaginé l'itinéraire. C'est là qu'on s'est dit qu'il fallait vraiment qu'on le fasse. »

Le moteur de l'aventure · Promouvoir l'usage du vélo comme mode de transport alternatif et écologique, autant au quotidien qu'en vacances. « Le vélo fait partie de notre vie de tous les jours. Moi, j'habite désormais Paris, explique la Vendéenne. Je fais 26 km de vélo chaque jour, pour aller et revenir du travail. Sur un deux-roues, tout est plus pratique, on se sent libre. On profite mieux de la ville et on se sent en meilleure forme physique. Et puis c'est gratuit. »

Cette aventure, Angélina et Stéphane y ont déjà un peu goûté. Voilà des années que ces baroudeurs louent des deux-roues lors de leurs voyages à l'étranger. Au Maroc, à Bali, au Mexique... « C'était fabuleux ! On ne nous regardait pas comme des touristes sortant d'un bus ou d'un gros 4*4. Alors, on nous accueillait à bras ouverts. C'était fort de rencontres. »

L'été dernier, ils ont fait un galop d'essai : 600 km de Lugano, en Suisse, jusqu'à Venise : « Voyager ainsi change tout : on échappe aux voitures, on contemple des paysages fabuleux. Et quand on arrive à destination, on est contents, on l'a vraiment méritée cette destination de rêve ! Notre état d'esprit de vacanciers s'en trouve complètement bouleversé. »

« Pas des masochistes »

Angélina Perrin n'a pas hésité à vendre son appartement et prendre un congé sans solde pour que le rêve de son couple prenne corps. Tente de camping, réchaud et filtre à eau dans leur besace, ils prennent la route ce matin. Départ de Lugano, en Suisse, pour l'Italie puis la Grèce via un ferry. Puis viendront les Cyclades, la Turquie, la Syrie, la Jordanie... Jusqu'en Iran et la Route de la Soie. Cap vers l'Inde.

« Ce n'est pas un voyage de masochiste que nous entreprenons ! Nous ne sommes pas des têtes brûlées qui souhaitent braver tous les dangers. Non, nous voulons simplement montrer que si nous parvenons à le faire, c'est qu'il est possible pour beaucoup de monter sur un deux-roues. Au moins au quotidien. Et pourquoi pas faire Nantes-Bordeaux à vélo pour les vacances ? Stéphane et moi, on a convaincu des amis. Ils l'ont fait. Ils sont conquis ! »

http://www.larochesuryon.maville.com/actu/actudet_-ils-s-en-vont-pour-14-mois...-a-bicyclette-_15-432077_actu.Htm

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Viaggio in camper di una famiglia australiana.

John Ahern had it all: a high-flying job, big house, loving wife and two great kids. But if this was success why did he sense he was failing as a husband and father? So John does something completely insane. In the midst of a high-powered board meeting he blows his career apart. He quits the working world, sells the car, rents the house, and with wife Mandy, buys a busted-up old campervan online with one grand goal in mind: a year travelling together as a family…on the road with kids. Disconnected from phones and email, John and his family criss-cross 30 countries on a funny, messy and often confronting voyage of self-discovery. From the North Pole to Africa’s highest peaks, they get mugged by monkeys, charmed by snake handlers and harlots, and inspired by their fellow wanderers. Along the way John sheds the skin of the working zombie and creates a life less ordinary as he evolves into a connected partner and Dad. On the Road with Kids is a hilarious and poignant adventure all families will connect with. It’s a life-changing trip. Take it!

 

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Lotan Baba è un santone indiano che promuove la pace viaggiando in una maniera singolare: rotolando. Ha percorso circa 30'000 km tra le città indiane, percorrendo in media 10-12 km al giorno. Detiene il record per il tratto più lungo percorso rotolando (9'846 miglia, 15'846 km).

'Rolling' saint blocked at Pak border

An Indian holy man trying to promote peace by rolling on the ground all the way from India to Pakistan has been barred from crossing the border because he has no passport, officials said on Monday.

Mohan Das, best known as Lotan Baba or Rolling Saint, began his 2,500-kilometer (1,560-mile) journey on January 28 shortly after the leaders of South Asia's nuclear-armed rivals initiated talks aimed at ending five decades of hostility.

But his bruising expedition hit a major roadblock over the weekend as he approached Wagah, the main land border checkpoint between the two countries. Indian border officials stopped him because he didn't have a passport, said Kultar Singh, Amritsar's police chief.

"I had applied for a passport long ago. But the government never responded," Das said on Saturday. "I spent about 10 days chasing the officials. Nothing happened," he said. Photos of Das rolling just a stone's throw from Pakistan were published in Lahore newspapers on Monday, and Pakistani officials at Wagah said they saw the holy man close to the iron gate that separates the two countries.

"He never came to our side," Capt. Mohammed Fahim said. He would not say whether they would allow the saint in if he rolls over to Pakistan.

Das is well known for his rolling exploits and claims to have covered 30,000 kilometers (18,750 miles) to various cities in India, including Kashmir. He reportedly travels about 10 to 12 kilometers (six to eight miles) a day rolling on the ground, sometimes smoking a cigarette while in motion.

According to media reports, Baba, 55, began his life as a mystic after leaving home at age 12, and once undertook penance for 12 years by standing in one place and eating grass. "He is a brave man," said Das' aide, Bhubaneswar. Das is camping now at a village near Wagah and plans to wait a few more days to see if the border officials will change their minds. Otherwise, he says he will return to where he set off from - his hometown, Ratlam, in Madhya Pradesh.

Das' attempted peace mission to Pakistan comes days ahead of a crucial meeting this week between the leaders of the two nations in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. Pakistan and Indian have so far agreed to restore travel links and diplomatic ties, but the peace talks could still come unstuck on the thorny issue of Kashmir, over which Pakistan and India have fought two wars.

https://web.archive.org/web/20050409145356/http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7242_1016205,00180007.htm

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Il 15 ottobre 1923 i tre membri del Bombay Weightlifting Club Adi B. Hakim, Jal P. Bapasola e Rustom B. Bhumgara si lanciarono nel giro del mondo in bicicletta. Il percorso di 44'000 miglia fu coperto in tre anni e tre mesi e venne descritto dai tre avventurieri in un libro che ancora oggi è fruibile in una versione pubblicata da poco: "The world on a bicycle".

Around the world bicycle trip memoirs to be released after 80 yrs

Vadodara, April 18 One of the three men was a Barodian; almost 80 years after it was first published, his son will release a new edition of the book today

Just in their twenties and living off a shoestring budget, three young Parsis, one from Baroda, ventured on the first ever trip around the world on bicycles on October 15, 1923. The trio covered 44,000 miles in three years and three months across 27 countries and four continents. On their return, Adi Hakim from Vadodara, Jal Bapasola from Mumbai and Rustom Bhumgara from Pune, who later became a freedom fighter, wrote a book of their memoirs from the epic journey, of which but a few copies still exist. The original book includes a foreword by Jawarharlal Nehru and comments from leaders around the world like Benito Mussolini and Calvin Coolidge.”

Now, after five years of labour and commitment, Hakim’s son Daryous will release a new edition of the book in Vadodara on Saturday, almost 80 years after it was first published.

Says Daryous, who is fondly called Dara: “The original line-up of cyclists was six, but only three completed the tour, with three others returning to India for various reasons. In their book, the trio believed they wanted to take India to the world, even as they were caught up in the fervour of the freedom movement.” He says the three were left with not much money and did odd jobs while travelling, for meeting their expenses for food, clothing and shelter. They decided on the trip after meeting at the Mumbai Weightlifting Club, he says.

Dara and his wife Roda began their own quest to re-publish the epic memoir in 2003. “Talking to my six brothers in the early nineties, I realised that all of them did not even have a copy of the book and neither did many of the grandchildren,” says Dara.

But as Roda says, not everybody seemed interested in the book till finally Delhi-based Roli Books agreed to publlish the book.

“Even then it took five years for the release of the new edition. It was a famous book when it was released sometime around 1928. But now we have no idea how many even exist. We believe this is a tale that people should know about,” says Roda.

“When the publisher agreed, it took a huge load off our minds, but it was more contentment than anything else. Strangely, My father-in-law and his friends returned from their trip on April 18, 1928,” says Roda.

She adds that they even managed to get in touch with the families of Jal Bapsola and Rustom Bhumgara mostly through the Internet and Parsi magazines. “They seemed even more excited about the release as even they had but few copies of the book,” Roda says.

Dara says it was the spirit of adventure in the book that inspired him to join the Indian Navy in 1951. “It is written in a very witty style full of awe of an unseen world. After reading it in my teens I was enthused to join the Navy, where I served for 10 years,” says Dara, who left the services to pursue a career in management. The book will be released at the Godrej Hall, Parsi Dharamsala in Fatehgunj.

https://parsikhabar.net/history/around-the-world-bicycle-trip-memoirs-to-be-released-after-80-yrs/964/

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Iscrizioni: Noble cycle & motor Co. - This Royal bassett (?) bicycle was used by the world tourists in their tour round the world. The machine has done 40.000 miles

Nazionalità: Indiana

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Riferimento geografico: Giro del mondo

Mezzo di trasporto: Bicicletta, monociclo, triciclo

Riferimenti complementari: Hakim A. B., Bapasola J. P., Bhumgara R. B., With cyclists around the world, Roli books, 2008

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Aldo Arrighi e Carla Figini hanno percorso le coste europee partendo da Como, destinazione Capo Nord, per un totale di 24'000 km percorsi.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Europa

Mezzo di trasporto: Bicicletta, monociclo, triciclo

Riferimenti complementari: Arrighi A., Figini C., A Capo Nord, Portogruaro: Ediciclo, 2004

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Negli anni Dieci del Novecento partì per un giro del mondo di 10'000 km. Ad accompagnarlo, un barile di 300 kg.

 

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Iscrizioni: Le Tour du Monde. 10 000 kilomètres en roulant un tonneau du poids total de 300 kilogrammes par BARUET "Le Déménageur", ex-champion de lutte à l'exposition de 1889, auteur et recordman de la voiture à bras : 1 200 kilos.

Nazionalità: Francese

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Riferimento geografico: Giro del mondo

Mezzo di trasporto: A piedi con botte

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Le signore Fay e June Shea, accompagnate da Kittle Bebertz, percorsero a piedi le 700 miglia che separano Portland, Oregon, a San Francisco. Lo scopo era di raggiungere la Panama-Pacific International Exposition che si tenne nel 1915 nella città californiana.

 

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George Burston fu tra i temerari precursori amanti del velocipede. Prima dell'introduzione della camera d'aria, fissò il primato sulle 100 miglia (161 km) su strada in 8 ore e 9 minuti. Il 1 novembre 1889 iniziò il giro del mondo in compagnia di Harry R. Stokes: furono i primi australiani a lanciarsi nell'impresa. Con i loro velocipedi (penny-farthing machines) partirono da Melbourne, direzione Sydney. Il loro percorso toccò Java, Singapore, l'India, l'Egitto, l'Europa. Rientrarono in Australia passando dagli Stati Uniti, dove però non utilizzarono i loro mezzi. Descrissero il loro viaggio nel libro "Round the World on Bicycles".

Bicycle - H. Bassett & Co, Melbourne, George Burston, 1888

High wheel bicycle of the 'ordinary' or 'spider' type with a 1.422m (56-inch) wheel. This 'Victory' model was assembled in Melbourne from imported components by Henry Bassett & Co. of 4 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne in 1888-89. The frame was nickel-plated. This bicycle was used by Melbourne Bicycle Club member (later President) George Burston on a round-the-world' bicycle journey in 1889-90. Along with his companion H.R. Stokes, Burston left Melbourne on 1 November 1889 and rode to Sydney. The by steamship to Brisbane-Batavia. They rode around Java and then went by ship to Singapore and Calcutta. After riding in India they travelled by ship to Egypt and rode in Palestine and Syria. This was followed by another sea voyage to Turkey, Sicily and Naples. After riding through Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Holland they boarded a ship to Britain and rode extensively in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They returned to Australia via the United States but did not ride there. The journey was recorded in their limited edition book "Round the World on Bicycles' (George Robertson, 1890).
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Bicycle painted black with large front wheel and small rear wheel. Both wheels have hard rubber tyres. The pedals are fixed directly to the axle of the front wheel. On top of the large wheel are low metal handlebars with wooden handles and a leather seat. The leather seat sits on a 'cradle spring' mounted on a frame formed from a length of steel tubing. Under the seat is a metal plate (not visible) with the inscription 'MBC' (Melbourne Bicycle Club). Attached to the handlebars is a lever to operate a 'spoon brake' pushing a scalloped piece of iron down onto the front wheel. The bike weighs 21 kg.

https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/408343

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Nascita-morte: 1859-1924

Riferimento geografico: Giro del mondo

Mezzo di trasporto: Velocipede

Riferimenti complementari: Booth Anne L., Riding high: Burston & Stokes centenary ride, 1888-1988, Bicycle Victoria, 1988 Burston G. W., Stokes H. R., Round the world on bicycles, Melbourne, George Robertson and Company, 1890

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Danilo Elia è un giornalista, scrittore e viaggiatore italiano. È conosciuto per i suoi viaggi compiuti a bordo di una Fiat "500 R" del 1973. Nel 2005 partì da Bari, in compagnia di Fabrizio Bonserio, con destinazione Pechino, dove arrivò dopo cento giorni. Nel 2007 compì in compagnia di Zivile Linkeviciute un giro di 10.000 km intorno al Mediterraneo.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Asia, Europa

Mezzo di trasporto: Automobile o altri mezzi a motore

Riferimenti complementari: Elia D., La bizzarra impresa, In FIAT 500 da Bari a Pechino, Cda&Vivalda, 2006

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Charley Boorman e Ewan McGregor sono i simpatici protagonisti di una doppia serie televisiva trasmessa nel Regno Unito da Sky.

La prima serie, realizzata nel 2004, è intitolata Long Way Round e narra le peripezie dei due motociclisti e della loro troupe lungo il tragitto Londra - New York. Nella seconda serie, intitolata Long Way Down, i due amici si ritrovano per un viaggio che li porta dal punto più a nord della Scozia fino a Capo Agulhas, in Sud Africa.

Da allora, Boorman ha prodotto numerose altre serie dedicate ai viaggi.

 

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Riferimento geografico: Africa, America del Nord, Asia, Europa, Russia,

Mezzo di trasporto: Motocicletta, motorino

Riferimenti complementari: McGregor, Ewan, Charley Boorman, and Robert Uhlig. Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World. New York: Atria Books, 2004.

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In occasione dell'esposizione mondiale World's Fair del 1939, Leland Abbott partì da The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, per raggiungere con la slitta New York. Vi giunse nell'aprile del 1939 dopo un viaggio di 3'800 miglia.

An intriguing tale of contrasting worlds

A Fort Garry couple are hot on the trail of two Manitoba dog mushers who travelled from the Arctic to New York City in 1938-39. Anne and Graham Gieg have been gathering clues since last May about the odyssey of Graham's great uncle, Leland Abbott, and his friend Hector Despins, and plan to write a book about the off-beat adventure. "It's the family legend," says Gieg, who recalls a visit to his great-uncle's house when he was 10 years old. "The house was full of incredible keepsakes from all the places he'd travelled." Unfortunately, much of that material has been lost. "It's been a bit of a detective story," he says. The Giegs have been gathering material from newspapers, family members and the Hudson's Bay Company archives, and by soliciting memories from people who met the mushers during their trip. The story is an intriguing tale of contrasting worlds, says Gieg, containing within it the wilderness of the North and the metropolis of New York City, the solitude of the trapper's life and life in the media spotlight. It's also the story of one last civilian adventure before the attention of the world -- and the energies of the two adventurers -- became focused on the Second World War. Abbott and Despins were trapping muskrats and guiding mineral prospectors around a settlement called Tavane, in what is now Nunavut, when they read a six-month-old magazine article about people travelling to the New York World's Fair by unusual means. As muskrat pelts weren't fetching much of a price at the time, they decided in the fall of 1938 to mush to the fair at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The trip was full of unexpected twists and turns. They ran out of snow around Dauphin, and a farmer helped them to create a wheeled sled. Unfortunately, the powerful sled dogs were no match for the home-made contraption and it fell apart soon after. From Winnipeg on, the mushers travelled on a more durable wheeled sled made from a car chassis, following a convoluted route that took them to Chicago via Iowa. Chicago turned out to be a rough town, even with Al Capone in jail, and the duo nearly rolled into a bank robbery and shootout. That's not the only aspect of the story that seems made for Hollywood. Abbott actually met his wife-to-be during a stop in Pennsylvania. Arriving in New York in April, 1939, in time for the opening of the World's Fair, Despins and Abbott and their dogs became celebrities. "The lead dog is supposed to have been the first dog on television," says Gieg, explaining that RCA first unveiled the brand-new technology at the New York fair. "This was 20 years before Lassie." They visited hospitals, participated in a travelling show, and attended openings of a James Cagney movie called Torrid Zone and, more appropriately perhaps, a Sgt. Preston movie. They also met boxing champion Joe Louis, according to legend, taking the dog team to the boxer's training camp in New Jersey. Eventually they returned to Canada to enlist in the Armed Forces. Despins was declared medically unfit because of an earlier injury, says Gieg, but he ended up driving bulldozers during the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942-43. Abbott joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and became a bomber pilot. After the war, Despins became a mining engineer and was involved in developing Thompson's nickel mining industry. Abbott "fell in love with the ocean," says Gieg, and eventually opened a fish business on the coast called Eskimo Abbott's Frozen Fish. Fascinating as the journey was, the Giegs have discovered that it was by no means unique. A string of Canadian adventurers undertook long dog sled trips in the 1930s, including William Campbell, who mushed from The Pas to Chicago for the 1933 World's Fair, and King Taylor, who mushed from The Pas to Halifax and back. The Giegs expect to spend another year digging up details of the journey, and hope to wrap up their investigation by following the dog sledders' path -- in a more conventional vehicle. Anyone with information about the adventure can call the Giegs at 832-2606.

Winnipeg Free Press print edition 27.03.2002

 

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André Antoine Brugiroux è uno scrittore giramondo che ha visitato tutti i paesi e territori del mondo fra il 1955 e il 2005; l’ultimo è il Mustang. Dei suoi viaggi ha prodotto un film documentario e diverse pubblicazioni. La terre n'est qu'un seul pays (La terra è un solo paese), titolo del suo primo libro, racconta il suo primo lungo ed avventuroso viaggio durato 18 anni, durante i quali percorse 400.000 km in auto-stop con un dollaro al giorno attraverso 135 paesi.

Né le 11 novembre 1937 à Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (Val de Marne) d’un père casanier originaire d’une ferme en Auvergne et d’une mère parisienne qui avait le goût du voyage.

Mes premiers souvenirs de la vie sont ceux d’un monde en guerre. Ce qui explique peut-être ma vie sur la route, cette quête menée sur le terrain pour savoir si les hommes seront un jour capables d’établir la paix.

1953 - 1954 - 1955 : Ecole Hôtelière de Paris.
De 1955 à 1973 : le tour du monde.

Bien entendu je n’avais pas prévu de partir pendant 18 ans, je ne me pensais pas capable de réaliser un tel exploit non plus. Mais le rêve était puissant, la curiosité d’esprit insatiable. Pas de sponsor ni de renseignements à l'époque. Les guides du routard et les charters n'étaient pas encore nés. Le plus gros problème est qu'il n’y avait pas d’argent à la maison. Mon père, échoué en région parisienne comme simple ouvrier à la SNCF avait toutes les misères du monde à élever ses trois garçons. Tout s’est enchaîné malgré moi.

Parti en 1955 à l’âge de 17 ans avec un diplôme de l’école hôtelière et seulement 10 francs en poche, il m’a fallu travailler tout de suite. On ne voyage pas sans argent. J’ai d’abord pensé apprendre les langues étrangères afin de pouvoir communiquer avec les hommes. Dans ce but, pendant sept ans j’ai travaillé dans différents pays d’Europe et j’ai appris ainsi sur place l’anglais, l’espagnol, l’allemand et l’italien. J’ai fait un tas de métiers pour survivre comme téléphoniste, cuisinier, serveur, croque-mort, réceptionniste et même cireur de chaussure en Italie!

Entre l’Espagne et l’Allemagne, j’ai passé deux ans au Congo en 1958 et 1959 pour le service militaire. Sans service, à l’époque, pas de passeport. Et sans passeport, pas de voyage ! Mais j’ai ainsi pu découvrir un nouveau continent et rencontrer le docteur Schweitzer à Lambaréné au Gabon.

Ces premières neuf années de débrouille se sont avérées être des années d’apprentissage fort précieuses pour la suite. Je voulais ensuite apprendre le russe mais il était impossible de travailler en Union Soviétique.

 
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C’est au Canada que j’ai finalement pu préparer le budget de mon périple de 1965 à 1967 comme traducteur à Toronto.

En 1967, à l’âge de 30 ans, ce qui n’est pas l’âge habituel des stoppeurs, j’ai tout abandonné pour réaliser mon rêve de toujours : parcourir le monde. De 1967 à 1973, j’ai sorti mon pouce sur toutes les routes de la terre pendant six ans ininterrompus, ce qui m’a fait parcourir 400.000 km en stop à travers 135 pays avec un dollar par jour. Ce dollar s’explique pour trois raisons :

_ 1) je n’ai pas payé le transport. J’ai même dû faire de l’avion-stop, du bateau-stop, du voilier-stop et du ferry-stop pour traverser les mers gratuitement.

_ 2) je n’ai jamais dormi à l’hôtel sauf une nuit, forcé par l’agence touristique d’état, l’Intourist, à Moscou.

_ 3) tout l’argent passait dans la nourriture et les visas. Mais cette moyenne était si minime que je ne pouvais pas manger dans les restaurants. Je me contentais des carrioles en bord de route ou des stands sur les marchés. Si ce dollar, à l’époque, m’achetait trois repas en Inde, il ne me payait qu’un petit déjeuner en Alaska. J’ai connu « clopinettes » et ramadan !

Ce style de voyage plutôt spartiate me gardait en contact constant avec la population, ce que je cherchais. Contrairement à ce que l’on peut penser ce dollar n’était pas pour mendier mais pour me permettre de garder mon indépendance.

Les aventures et les anecdotes sont sans fins. Je les relate aujourd’hui grâce à une ciné-conférence (j’avais dans mon sac à dos une caméra d’amateur et au lieu de prendre des photos comme tout un chacun, j’ai filmé) et quatre livres que j’ai rédigés à mon retour. Je ne suis pas parti pour écrire des livres ni monter un film mais la providence a eu la sagesse de me faire prendre des images et Laffont m’a demandé d’écrire mon histoire au retour. Comme j’ai un beau message à partager, j’ai pensé que c’était une excellente façon de le faire (voir rubrique bibliographie).

Je me suis retrouvé par exemple, sept fois en prison. Soupçonné d’être révolutionnaire ou guérillero en Amérique du sud, espion dans les pays arabes et en Iran, pirate de l’air en Colombie... Je demandais parfois moi-même à dormir en prison mais dans ce dernier cas, je sortais le lendemain. J’ai été déporté deux fois : c’est gratuit ! Je me suis retrouvé avec une baïonnette entre les deux yeux en Afghanistan, un revolver dans le dos en Jordanie, dix mitraillettes dans les côtes au Venezuela, aplati dans une école au Cambodge à 150 mètres d'une attaque des Khmers rouges... Chargé par un troupeau de buffles au Congo, attaqué par des hyènes en Inde... Pas de gourde, je buvais l’eau locale. Au Pakistan est arrivé ce qui devait arriver : une dysenterie m’a fait perdre douze kilos d’un coup, j’étais tombé à 52 kilos pour 1m77. Je pouvais faire le tour de ma taille avec mes doigts ! Certains parlent de chance, de baraka ou de bonne étoile. Je cherche encore le mot qui s’applique à mon aventure et m’a permis de retrouver les rives de la douce France.

Ce tour des hommes m’a conduit à aller vivre chez les hippies à San Francisco en leur temps, chez les bonzes à Bangkok, dans les écoles de yoga en Inde, chez les coupeurs de têtes à Bornéo, chez les trafiquants de pierres précieuses à Sri Lanka et à travailler dans un kibboutz en Israël, entre autre. De ces multiples expériences, j’en ai tiré la conclusion qui fait le titre de mon premier ouvrage ainsi que de mon film : « La terre n’est qu’un seul pays », idée qu’énonçait déjà au XIXe siècle un Persan du nom de Baha’u’llah.

J’ai vu de mes propres yeux le monde malade et dangereux que l’on connaît. Malgré tout, je reste confiant et je reviens persuadé que la paix est non seulement possible, elle est inéluctable.

Voilà la riche expérience d’une vie que j’ai envie de partager.

http://andre.brugiroux.free.fr/biographie.htm

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Riferimenti complementari: La terre n’est qu’un seul pays, 1975, collezione “Vécu” Robert Laffont. Ristampato nel 2007 da Géorama éditions.

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