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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.