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

Date: 24 Mar 2010 17:38:50 +0100
From: C Q <fixieman@xxxxxxxxx>


Yeah

And Torrey is my old Roommate

GO Torrey and Lucie !!!

Chuck

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM, craig roth <junkernaut@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Lucie is a messenger from Montreal!
>
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> >
> > Couple biking from Alaska
> > to Argentina
> > for charity
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > BY ANDY RIGA
> >
> >
> >
> > Montreal
> > Gazette, March 21, 2010
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > The couple started pedalling on Sept. 6.
> >
> >
> >
> > Why set off from Alaska?
> >
> >
> >
> > “You have to start somewhere and we’d never cycled there
> > before,” Pass said in a telephone interview from Antigua, Guatemala,
> > on Friday.
> >
> >
> >
> > “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.”
> >
> >
> >
> > Poulin and Pass are used to rough roads.
> >
> >
> >
> > They met 10 years ago when they were bike couriers on Montreal’s mean
> > streets.
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > On their current adventure, they have cycled about 11,000
> > kilometres.
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > The two will also visit organizations in Nicaragua, Bolivia
> > and Peru
> > that receive bikes donated by Cyclo Nord-Sud.
> >
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > “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.”
> >
> >
> >
> > The bikes are also used to haul food and wood for cooking.
> >
> >
> >
> > “Instead of spending five hours a day transporting things
> > back and forth you’ll spend an hour,” Pass said.
> >
> >
> >
> > “You’ll have more time for other things” — like going to
> > school.
> >
> >
> >
> > “The lack of transportation can be a real barrier for girls
> > and women,” he added.
> >
> >
> >
> > The couple try to cycle six days out of seven, though they
> > did one stretch of 17 straight days in Mexico.
> >
> >
> >
> > It won’t get easier. They’ll eventually hit South America’s Andes
> > Mountains.
> >
> >
> >
> > But, generally, the cycling has been the easy part.
> >
> >
> >
> > “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.”
> >
> >
> >
> > They expect to end their journey in August in Buenos Aires. They’ll be
> > flying home.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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