What: Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire Part II: A Mariner’s
When: Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Squamish Howe Sound Brew Pub
For the past six years, Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard have
been viewing unique locales from the seats of their bikes: they’ve been
traveling from one volcano to the next, clockwise around the Great Ocean,
starting in Vancouver and ending in Vancouver.
Though in hindsight, the journey may seem daunting, Bouchard
and Lemieux broke it down into manageable stages.
“We have rarely pondered on the whole ‘Ring,’” Lemieux
admitted. “It's been done in stages, stretches, sometimes one day at a time,
even one kilometre at a time. The truth is that we thought it would take us
three years at the most!”
Both avid cyclists and adventurers, Bouchard and Lemieux were
inspired to embark on the journey while on another trip, from Siberia to India.
“We were having a very rough crossing of the Tibetan Plateau
during the last freezing weeks of 1997,” Lemieux explained. “There was little
sleep to have, with most nights spent over 4,000 metres of altitude and often
under –20 Celsius! We were also both very ill with Giardia. During one of
those painful nights we projected ourselves in the future: ‘What if we make it
out of here alive?’ we wondered. Of course, we would continue travelling
amongst the world's mountains on our bikes. Remembering that our toes were
frostbitten, we decided to stick to warmer mountains... mountains of fire...
volcanoes... the Pacific Ring of Fire!”
But this journey was different than any other they have
“The Ring of Fire is completely different than the random
migrating we've done before,” said Lemieux. “Having a theme, a common thread,
has given us an added angle to look from that makes the traveling so much
richer. We've hiked a lot more, went to the end of dozens of dead-ends and to
un-cyclable destinations just because of the volcanoes. We can say that they
took us to some of the most amazing spots on our planet and the warmest of
Aside from the excitement of visiting “living mountains,” both
Bouchard and Lemieux were thrilled with the idea of traveling through the
Americas, returning to Indonesia and Russia, and an excuse to visit the islands
of Polynesia, Melanesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.
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