Ever hear a personal story that’s so captivating that you want to share it with others? At Agorapulse, we’ve heard some extraordinary stories from people who live life at a deeper, inspirational level. And we want to share them with you.
In this new series, we share the experiences of such people, French documentarians Martin Blanchard and Félix Dubois, one narrative at a time. Their documentary-making journey through eight countries launched on January 15.
These friends decided to make a documentary about the coexistence between humans and endangered animals. So, let’s check out the highlights from these last several weeks of Martin and Félix riding bikes through two countries and discover what they’ve been learning. (You can also follow their Wanyama project via their Instagram and Facebook channels.)
Wanyama: It’s now a month and a half since we left and traveled through our first two countries, Kenya and Uganda. We had a great time with the people and saw beautiful landscapes.
The fact of being on a bike has allowed us to sleep in very different places like schools, homes, churches …
Traveling on a bike allows us to be really close to the local people and to understand their way of life.
We also went to three national parks and examined their varied fauna and flora.
The more we progress, the more the landscapes change. Mountainous and arid landscapes despite heavy rains for Kenya. Green and hilly landscapes for Uganda.
We have also lived through more difficult moments, with complicated conditions for cycling (heavy rains, high heat, impassable roads).
In spite of these different ordeals, we came out of them with beautiful memories.
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Wanyama: We were surprised by the heavy rains and thunderstorms at this time of the year, which is not usual in January/February in these countries. We talked with the local people, who told us that this was the first year that it was so intense.
These heavy rains could be explained by climate change.
On the other hand, being a European tourist in Kenya and going off the beaten track was very unexpected for the locals to see.
Indeed, luxury tourism is very popular, and the majority of Europeans that locals meet go on safaris and sleep in lodges. It was intriguing for them to see young people traveling by bicycle.
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Nous sommes le 29 janvier et nous reprenons la route pour l’Ouganda après 4 jours extraordinaires au Masai Mara ! Merci pour tout @kilimacampmasaimara Petit problème, depuis plusieurs semaines, de violents orages et très fortes pluies s’abattent sur le Kenya. Ce phénomène est totalement inhabituel et lié au changement climatique. Les habitants nous disent qu’ils n’ont jamais vu ça, les pistes deviennent inaccessibles à cause de la boue et nous on galère vous imaginez même pas. Après de très longues journées avec peu de kilomètres à la clef, nous avons décidé d’arrêter les pistes et d’emprunter que les tarmac roads (moins jolies, parfois dangereuses mais au moins on avance!!). Malgré les aléas qui rendent le vélo difficile, nous nous en mettons pleins les yeux avec les animaux 👀 De belles photos arrivent 🐅
Wanyama: The hardest thing has been to constantly adapt to our environment.
For the first few days, we rode on the northern highway (which connects Nairobi to other landlocked countries) which is taken by thousands of trucks. This road was so dangerous that we later decided to use secondary roads.
We found ourselves on mountain roads, and with the heavy rains, the mud made it almost impossible to ride our bikes.
We did 30km [almost 19 miles] for 7 hours and 30 minutes of cycling with 1,300m of positive difference in altitude, which meant that we were really not making any progress.
With experience, we learned to choose the right routes, to ride on asphalt roads without too many cars, and to be able to achieve our goals, between 50 and 80 km [roughly 31 to 50 miles] of cycling per day with an average vertical drop of 450m.
Wanyama: We were able to overcome these challenges by adapting and being flexible. This meant that we had to constantly adapt our route to the roads we could ride on. Sometimes, we had to leave early or later than planned to avoid rain or strong sunshine.
Wanyama: A typical day looks like this …
Wanyama: A journey like ours requires flexibility and constant readjustment. Climate, altitude differences, technical problems, encounters, fatigue, and other factors force us to adapt and take it upon ourselves. As Félix jokingly says, our motto is that we have to be wise.
Martin Blanchard and Félix Dubois
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Travel along with Felix and Martin as they produce the documentary of their bike ride throughout the different locations on the African continent. We’ll be publishing more articles on this blog as well as sharing posts via our social channels in the next several months.
At Agorapulse, we celebrate the spirit of getting out of one’s comfort zone, transforming dreams into action plans, and bringing greater meaning into one’s life. If you’d like to learn more about another of Agorapulse’s inspiring people, read our series on Ingrid Ulrich and her own spectacular journey of survival.
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