(Altiplano, 2001)

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I am not so strong. There are plenty of cyclists who are certainly much stronger than I am. This trip at first glance seems like a physical journey across the Tibetan Plateau, but in the end what determined if I completed the trip was not my physical strength but rather my mental strength. A mental strength that enabled me to get up morning after morning and get on my bike to continue on this insane ride. A different kind of freedom.

Ray Kreisel crossing whole Tibet by bicycle.

While two years in Africa I was rich because I had a fully loaded mountain bike, reaching Europe, I am poor, because I have a fully loaded mountain bike.

Claude Marthaler

We have left behind normal towns of families and children playing in the streets. When we stop for a break or a short nap on the roadside, and the wind has subsided, we are embraced with a powerful silence, a kind of silence that I have rarely experienced in other places. A silence that just leaves you with only the faint sound of a ringing in your ears.

Ray Kreisel crossing Western Tibet

What it all comes down to in the end is your legs, determination and the ability to improvise.

Janne Corax about gear lists

(Anatolien, 2003)

La route porte le sentiment illusoire de l'éternité.

(Die Strasse wiederspiegelt das illusorische Gefühl von Ewigkeit)

Claude Marthaler


We have an insatiable thirst to experience the world firsthand.

We derive intense satisfaction in challenging difficult, insecure and uncomfortable environments.

We take the time to observe and absorb, because we are not racing.

We are not competing with anyone but ourselves.

Our encounters with vastly different environments, lifestyles, and beliefs profoundly expand our interest and awareness of the world.

Witnessing meager standards of living forever changes our perception of the western preoccupation with striving for material wealth.

When we return home, we feel delighted at regaining the little pleasures that have been denied to us in faraway lands.

We have frequent flashbacks of our expeditions and take pleasure in telling others our experiences.

We become tolerant of petty annoyances or discomforts and become patient in our projects.
But the ceasing of discovery and strong sensations precipitate in us a long emotional slump.

Sensations we once held to be exciting become less so.

Is it worth it? Like they say, "It's better to have loved (traveled) and lost (come home) than never to have loved at all."

Once we have eaten from the tree of knowledge, we cannot go back to ignorance.

While on expeditions, our attention is intensely focused and nothing else matters, but back home it is difficult to concentrate on what we are doing.

Our successes strongly reinforce our self-esteem.

We can do anything, but we find we don't really want to do anything but explore.

We dream of more adventures, and when preoccupation turns to obsession, we are bound to realize them.

We are fascinated with the stories of other explorers and we plan our expeditions to avoid their misfortunes.

Are we escaping from something or have we been unfortunate with normal life? The true weight of these factors lies hidden from us.

What do we search for? We don't really know, until we find it.

Ultimately, we explore to find ourselves.

Our passion for adventure continues...

Chris Goulet about adventurers & explorers

It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.

Tibetan Saying

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Was immer Du tun kannst oder wovon Du träumst - fange es an. In der Kühnheit liegt Genie, Macht und Magie. Beginne es jetzt, sofort.


Do not take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard