L’une des contraintes principales à laquelle je suis confronté en tant que diabétique de type 1 pour l’organisation de mon périple relève de la logistique nécessaire pour l’approvisionnement et la conservation de l’insuline. En effet, alors que la disponibilité en insuline est garantie 24h/24 et 7j/7 partout en Occident, trouver de l’insuline en Afrique se révèle être plus compliqué ! Continue reading “Température, ma douce ennemie”
ENG – I left Brussels on my bicycle just over a month ago and after a technical stop in Barcelona I will soon reach Marseille to embark on a container ship sailing towards Alexandria, in Egypt. But what is the background story of Bike with Diabetes, you may wonder ? Here is an insight that will give you an idea on how this whole project started. For the ones who don’t know me yet, I should probably start by presenting myself !
My name is Arthur. I was born in Brussels in 1983 and I grew up in Rwanda between 1988 and 1993. During that period, I had the chance to travel with my parents and my brother to neighbouring countries, namely to ex-Zaïre (nowadays Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC) and Tanzania. During those trips, before the GPS era, we would use the Michelin 746 map, which covered the southern half of Africa. The main towns and villages, roads and dirt roads were, for the most part, represented on the map. Signposts along the road, on the other hand, were more often than not missing and some dirt roads drawn on the map could sometimes have disappeared under the thriving vegetation. We often had to stop to look at the map and make sure we were heading in the right direction. It is during those moments that maps, spread on the hood of the car, started to make me dream of even bigger journeys than I was already experiencing. To me, all those roads led to Continue reading “The background story – Les origines du projet”
ENG – That’s it !
In a few days, I will get on my bike to travel across Africa. 20.000 km, 650 days, a sea to cross, a desert to cycle through, mountains to climb, one after the other. All in all, a whole continent to cycle from top to bottom !
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As you may imagine, this isn’t just a childhood dream coming true. It’s about Continue reading “How to travel across Africa by Bicycle with T1Diabetes ?”
One of the main challenges I will have to face during my journey as a type 1 diabetic is the logistics around the supply and conservation of insulin. Indeed, while insulin can be found 24/7 in nearly all pharmacies in the western world, finding insulin in Africa is another story. Continue reading “Temperature, my sweet enemy”