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A Trip Around The World By Bicycle

Karen Heuman

The idea itself seems like an overwhelming task, and yet Jan-Bathyste Goudreau, known as Jibi, has embraced this goal as a personal challenge. He is dedicated and determined to ride his bicycle around the world to meet new people and learn about their lives and cultures. His website, www.jibi.ca, tells about his newest adventure and gives updates as to where he is on this worldwide trip. It includes his personal thoughts and findings on the new places and people he encounters.

Jibi is a 38 year old native of Canada. He is highly interested in nature and the protection of the environment. He found his love of nature, camping, and biking early in his life while enjoying nature trips with his family in Canada. He took his first bicycle trip at age 12 and has spent many years traveling around the world.

Jibi spent a year researching and studying the geography, temperatures, and climates of the world. Using this information, he plotted out his course to cross the continents of North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania. With the help of the World Health Organization, he obtained information about immunizations that are recommended according to medical risks in each country he plans to visit. The Ministry of Foreign affairs provided him with information about foreign embassies, politics, and health and safety aspects. His family and friends continue to help him in a variety of ways to make this trip a success. Jibi has put tremendous thought and planning into this remarkable undertaking and is currently fulfilling his goal.

On August 2, 2003 he left his home in Montreal Canada. He spent 9 weeks traveling through the eastern part of the United States. He passed through Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. From Texas Jibi plans to enter into Mexico.

Jibi usually spends the night camping in a tent in grassy areas behind a church or in the yards of friendly people he meets along his way. Occasionally he is invited to stay the night in private homes. He cooks his own meals on a small multi-fueled stove that he carries in his packs. The packs on his bicycle carry about 75 pounds of food, water, and personal belongings. His daily rides average about 50 miles taking about 6 to 8 hours.

Jibi entered Mexico from South Texas early in October. He stayed in the city of Cuidad Victoria. From there he is headed west with plans to pass through San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta. From there he will travel down the western coastline of Mexico. He will travel to the city of Oaxaca and continue south to San-Christobal de las Casas. From Mexico, he will continue his journey into Central and South America.

Jibi's ultimate destination is clear, but as in all explorations of virgin territories, the specific route can only be determined on the road as he travels. You can reach Jibi at his that is posted on his website. If you can offer him a kind word of encouragement or perhaps a warm bed or meal for the night, please contact him. If you, yourself, possess a great love for adventure, he would welcome your company along his journey as well!

If you are interested in being a host to bicyclists who are traveling through your country, there is an organization that lists people who are willing to offer their yards, homes, or time to help bicyclists that may come your way. This list is called the Warm Shower List. If you interested, please contact www.rogergravel.com/wsl .

Published or Updated on: January 1, 2006 by Karen Heuman © 2008
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