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8 janvier 2017

Part 1 - Pasto to Ipiales, Colombia

The first part is complete, it has been fairly easy but not without any little problems. In the 3rd segment 'Guapuscal Bajo', I mistakenly traveled to find myself completely out of my way. I followed a small farmer's path to their house. The nice old man told me where I should go and I had to retrace my steps on 2km. And in the segment 'Chitarran', I was wrong at the beginning of the road but only for a little detour. But it is not without saying that even if I have my GPS and my maps ready, it will sometimes happen to me to lose sight of my path and to have to retrace my steps.

On the third day, I had miscalculated my distances and found myself after 33km of walking to realize that I still had 16km before the next stop. As I did not have all my camping gear with me for this first leg, I had to get to the next town to find a hotel for the night. So I had to hitchhike, because I was exhausted and it was getting late.

On the penultimate segment 'San Pedro', I arrive at the point indicated by the GPS, but I could not see the path that I was looking for. An old lady was on the roadside and I asked her if the path I'm looking for is the one that goes up to a house. She tells me no, it's private property. Then a little resigned, I decide to continue my route and take the path by its exit on the other side. I arrive at the portion that marks the end and a man tells me that I have to go up the other way and I will find the path. Perfect then I followed the trail which is actually very easy to find but in the end it shrinks considerably to leave me only about 30cm to walk sticking to one of the sand walls side that runs along the path, next to me a small creek takes the rest of the place and follows its way. Only a small portion, but that will have given me a little difficulty not to wet my feet. When I arrived at the bottom, I came out of behind a small wall of sand directly where my GPS pointed the departure point exactly where I was at the beginning. I simply did not see the path because he was hidden by this small wall. I'll have to be on the lookout for my trails.

Day 1 - - Total of the day : 15.43km
LOS AJOS (CO-RP-09-C-2011) - 0.32km


31 décembre 2016

It's almost a start

With less than two days from my departure on the roads of Qhapaq Ñan (Inca road), I am feverish, happy and nervous. For more than a year I have been planning this expedition, the maps, the equipment and everything I need so that my journey is not too difficult. Because despite having planned everything, this journey will not be an easy one, quite the opposite, it will be very difficult. At least the first few months will be all the more difficult because I will have to adapt to this new way of life of being a nomad. I will have ups and downs (no puns), both emotionally and physically.

While waiting for the departure
(Laguna Verde - Volcan Azufral, Colombia)

20 novembre 2016

Thanks to "El Caminante"

Most people don't know who Ricardo Espinosa Reyes is, and that is for most South Americans too. Also known as "El Caminante" ('The Rambler'), Ricardo Espinosa Reyes, after walking the coast of Peru for many months, decided to explore the "Tahuantinsuyu" (this is the name of the Inca Empire by Incas). He wanted to explore the Qhapaq Ñan (Royal Road in Quechua, the Inca language).

Espinosa with is singular trek, along the Andes road of the Qhapaq Ñan, was a pioneer and covered the stretch between Quito in Equator and La Paz, Bolivia. He walked from May to December 1999. Which brought back to life the ancient Inca road and created a excitement around the old road system. Since then, the dream to bring back this emblem of the Tahuantinsuyu as surfaced and much work as been done towards that.

At the Inca Empire's greatest moments, the Qhapaq Ñan covered a territory of over 4 million square kilometers representing a road network of more than 25,000km. These roads were designed for foot traffic, since the Incas did not have any knowledge of the wheel, nor did they have horses or donkeys. All they had as a beast of burden were the llamas, which is capable of carrying a small load, but it is impossible to ride a llama. We speak here of a man-made road, created without machinery or maps, it was the knowledge of the lands and of the inhabitants of each region that allowed such a feat. Many parts of these roads were already there before the Incas and were simply improved and incorporated into the Inca network.

1 janvier 2016

Montreal to Quebec City Walk for Cancer

Do you know about the King's road (Chemin du Roy), road 138-E that follows the St-Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City. As part of my fundraising activities this summer for the Cancer Research Society, I will be walking the 280km of the road between both cities. From July 25rd to August 4th, I will be there.

You are wondering why I chose the King's Road to walk for the Cancer Research Society while I am from Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Source : Google Maps

It was important for me to make at least one activity and get my next expedition in South America be known outside of my home region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. At the same time help out with the fundraising.