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On 20 November 2017, my father, my uncle Philippe Comeliau and I, load the bicycle, the trailer and my luggage in the back of a rented van. My father and Philippe came over to Marseille to greet me a last goodbye before I am to leave the European continent. We are expected at 9 am at the entrance of the Eurofos container ship terminal of Fos-sur-Mer, about 70 km away from Marseille, where I am to board Gisele A.
The restaurant of the hotel we are staying at is empty when we leave. Breakfast trays have been prepared by the morning team and have been placed on the bar of the restaurant, waiting to be served to the still sleeping guests. The sky is blue and the power of the wind that had been blowing for nearly a week now, has sensibly decreased overnight.
We arrive a bit early at the gate and wonder how things will go from now on. Boarding the ship, sailing on the Mediterranean, cycling in the desert and across Africa…
A few minutes later, Gilbert Braun, Benjamin Picanias and Andre Zakari, escort me from the gate to the pier where Gisele A is berthing. I am welcomed at the foot of the passerelle by Continue reading “Gisele A #2 – Boarding Gisele A”
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On 28 November 2017 I reach Egypt in a rather unusual way. I hear from people involved in my passage from Marseille to Alexandria that boarding a container ship as a passenger would only happen in exceptional cases. And indeed, a lot of discussion, people and negotiations were involved in making this crossing possible. The reasons Continue reading “Gisele A #1 – Why and How did I get on a Container Ship ?”
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J’atteins l’Égypte le 28 novembre 2017 d’une manière assez particulière. Plusieurs personnes impliquées dans mon passage entre Marseille et Alexandrie me disent qu’il est tout à fait exceptionnel qu’un passager puisse embarquer à bord d’un navire porte-conteneurs. C’est effectivement à force de discussions, de rencontres, de négociations et grâce à l’implication de nombreuses personnes que cette traversée a pu se faire. Les raisons Continue reading “Gisele A #1 – Comment et pourquoi je me suis retrouvé sur un navire cargo ?”
ENG – Located in the heart of the Dansaert neighbourhood in Brussels, Cappelle Opticien decided to support Bike with Diabetes. The funny thing ? Read it on the Partners page.
FR – Situé au coeur du quartier Dansaert à Bruxelles, Cappelle Opticien a décidé de soutenir Bike with Diabetes. Le détail cocasse ? Vous le trouverez sur la page consacrée aux Partenaires.
ENG – ASPAC International, a Brussels based company specialized in the supply of drinking water and the treatment of waste water decided to financially support Bike with Diabetes. By doing so, ASPAC significantly helps Bike with Diabetes to make a step forward towards the departure scheduled in September 2017.
ASPAC International is active in Central and East Africa, namely in Kenya which I will be cycling through during my journey. A typical project designed and constructed by ASPAC includes Continue reading “ASPAC International sponsor of Bike with Diabetes”
ENG – REUSE TRADING and REUSE EXPEDITION both decided to sponsor Bike with Diabetes in two ways : logistically and financially.
Cycling around the Mediterranean not being an option because of the political unrest in the Near-East, options are scarce to reach Egypt. The easiest one would be to Continue reading “Bike with Diabetes sponsored by Reuse – Bike with Diabetes sponsorisé par Reuse”
ENGLISH – Safety being one of my main priorities, some of you might wonder how on earth I’ll cycle from Brussels to Cape Town with Syria standing on my way to the African continent. So which are the alternatives to cycling the short slip of land along the Mediterranean that lays between Turkey and Lebanon ? Well, there aren’t that many, considering cycling around Syria would take way too much time !
The most obvious alternative would be to Continue reading “Bike with Diabetes goes to Sea – Bike with Diabetes prend la mer”