Explosive adventure tales 

Ring of Fire Part 2 relives captivating volcano bike expedition

What: Ring of Fire

When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Tickets: $12, call 604-935-8410

During the dead of winter on the Tibetan Plateau at 4,300 metres high in freezing temperatures, crossing from Magadan, Siberia to Calcutta, India and suffering from giardia and altitude sickness, cyclist adventurers Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard pondered their next adventure – if the two were to come out alive from the crazy crossing.

Mountains still had appeal, but warmer ones might be more ideal and so the two decided on a Pacific Ring of Fire Tour to explore volcanoes of the world inhibited by warm temperatures and, most importantly, even warmer people.

"Four continents, thousands of kilometres, a gazillion volcanoes, we were hooked on the idea," wrote Lemieux and Bouchard in an e-mail interview while traveling the southern U.S. with their show.

"Meeting a new volcano is like discovering a new person: their background, their personality, their aspirations for the future. Some volcanoes are pretty Zen, while others are mischievous and naughty."

Lemieux and Bouchard will share their naughty and more often haughty volcanoes in Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire Part 2: A Mariner’s Journey, a multi-media documentary presentation Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The two globetrotters covered more than 11,000 kilometres by bike, along with 12 flights and 55 boat crossings, while volcano hopping around Polynesia, Melanesia and Indonesia.

Their stories of adventure and discovery come to light in the live presentation through more than 1,000 stunning images, witty and insightful commentary from the cycling duo and the music of Montreal composer Martin Tremblay.

The two culture junkies have burdened their bikes in search of people and landscapes, clocking more than 100,000 kilometres in some 40 countries within their first 10 years together. Both men uphold biking as the ultimate way to experience the world.

"Travel is a way to acquire knowledge and being on a bike does that times ten," they wrote. "You are exposed and connected to the natural elements, the landscapes and people. New sights, new smells, new feelings, discoveries everyday."

Audiences can expect tall tales, insight into tucked away cultures and humorous recounts of overcoming incredible odds at the multi-media show.

"It will be like living this adventure again," the men said of the show. "While telling the tales of the epic journey, our commentary aims at sharing a lot of info on daily lives of people we met, their ways, culture and history, and their environment. It truly is a highly volatile explosive and subversive cocktail of culture, nature and adventure."

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at MY Millennium Place at 604-935-8410.



Bridge: Janick heading to the tiny islet of Liapari, just off the islands of Vella Lavella, in Solomon Islands. 


White bags: Landing on the black sand coast of the island of Ambrym, in Vanuatu, along with local villagers supplies en route to access to Marum volcano's lava lake, one of the best natural spectacles the Ring of Fire has to offer...

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