Re: [messengers] Couple biking from Alaska to Argentina for charity

Date: 24 Mar 2010 16:55:22 +0100
From: craig roth <junkernaut@xxxxxxxxx>


Lucie is a messenger from Montreal!

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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> Couple biking from Alaska
> to Argentina
> for charity
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> BY ANDY RIGA
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> Montreal
> Gazette, March 21, 2010
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> Lucie Poulin and Torrey
>  Pass wanted to do
> “something adventurous and exciting” before focusing on careers, mortgages
> and
> starting a family. They seem to have succeeded.
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> Poulin, 31, and Pass, 34, are almost halfway through a
> yearlong, 25,000-kilometre Alaska-to-Argentina
> bicycle trip. They’re also about one-10th of the way to the $20,000 they
> hope
> to raise for Cyclo Nord-Sud, a Montreal charity
> that collects used bikes and ships them to a new life in Latin America and
> Africa.
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> The couple started pedalling on Sept. 6.
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> Why set off from Alaska?
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> “You have to start somewhere and we’d never cycled there
> before,” Pass said in a telephone interview from Antigua, Guatemala,
> on Friday.
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> “It’s a route a lot of people have done. It’s a challenge.
> To go from one end of the Earth to the other is the idea — from the Arctic
> to the Antarctic, almost.”
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> Poulin and Pass are used to rough roads.
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> They met 10 years ago when they were bike couriers on Montreal’s mean
> streets.
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> Poulin, a writer and photographer, is an elite road cyclist
> who competed in last year’s 110-kilometre Women’s Cycling World Cup on
> Mount Royal.
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> Pass, an English literature teacher, has taken solo winter
> trips in Canada’s subarctic
> and has cycled across Canada
> and down the Pacific coast to California.
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> On their current adventure, they have cycled about 11,000
> kilometres.
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> By the end of this week, they are to arrive at their first
> official stop: an organization in San Marcos, El Salvador, that has just
> received a container
> packed with 450 castoff bikes and spare parts from Montreal.
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> The two will also visit organizations in Nicaragua, Bolivia
> and Peru
> that receive bikes donated by Cyclo Nord-Sud.
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> Poulin and Pass say they like the fact that Cyclo Nord-Sud
> keeps old bikes out of local landfills, encourages green transportation and
> helps the poor in southern countries. It ships out about 4,000 bikes
> annually.
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> “The bikes make a huge difference to everyday lives,” Pass
> said. “For a lot of people, the primary means of transportation is by foot.
> Once you have a bicycle, you can go much farther to work. Around here (in
> Guatemala),
> we’ve seen hundreds of people riding out to the fields with their machetes
> to
> work in the morning.”
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> The bikes are also used to haul food and wood for cooking.
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> “Instead of spending five hours a day transporting things
> back and forth you’ll spend an hour,” Pass said.
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> “You’ll have more time for other things” — like going to
> school.
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> “The lack of transportation can be a real barrier for girls
> and women,” he added.
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> The couple try to cycle six days out of seven, though they
> did one stretch of 17 straight days in Mexico.
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> It won’t get easier. They’ll eventually hit South America’s Andes
> Mountains.
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> But, generally, the cycling has been the easy part.
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> “The hardest part is not having a home, always having to
> adjust to different countries, different languages,” Poulin said. “Trying
> to
> find a safe place for our tent every night can be stressful.”
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> They expect to end their journey in August in Buenos Aires. They’ll be
> flying home.
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