From a dream to an accomplishment!!!
2 quads, one trailer, one couple,
starting up in British Columbia, Canada,
and heading south through western U.S.A,
Mexico (Baja peninsula),
and back to Arizona, USA
No one had ever done it before!
A heck of a ride!
Want to know everything
about our Adventure?
From day one to day 264?
We'll be camping along the trails, so wildlife encounters are more than probable.
So, if eating dust and not knowing what you'll be running into does'nt scare you... You can follow us day by day
This web site aims at every adventure, trip or quad
(ATV) fanatics. Its primary goal is to entertain you, the readers. So, if you're
looking for a tourism encyclopedia... You're at the wrong address! But, if you're hungry
for fun, then, following our adventures day to
day, will certainly satisfy your craving.
This mega-ride will begin in July 2007. Until then...stay tuned!
France & Marc ...
"WOW! SUPER !!! ... Check that out! The Great Western Trail! An ATV
trail that runs across most of Utah and could possibly cross the USA!" (We're back in
2000 on a camping trip to Utah).
There are so many extraordinary places to discover, to explore and life is so
short...we should pack as much as we can in it (thank's Troy!).
The decision's made. We'll take a year off work (in 2007) to take this special trip. An
intense, somewhat "extreme" trip, out of the ordinary.
Using quads will enable us to have access to remote places an will give us the
opportunity to enjoy incredible scenery.
After the Americain west, Mexico, and maybe more...who knows.
It may be a crazy dream...but we'll do anything to make it happen.
We're a couple from Québec, Canada, quad fans for over 15 years.
HIM: Marc Joinville:
- 47. To whom you should never say ''it's impossible, that can't be done...''
- Challenges and adventures are his source of constant motivation.
- Love's anything that runs on gasoline. (France thinks it's an unfair disadvantage
- Mechanics, GPS, route to follow, that's him.
HER: France Labonté:
- 51. Always wants to see "what's on the other side of the hill..., of the curve...,
of the river..., of whatever..."
- Loves discoveries and the outdoors.
- Happy mom of two grown up boys (Simon and Mathieu XXX).
- Prefers motocross boots over high heels.
- Perfum: 2 drops of Castrol...The things you have to do sometimes,
to please your man!
- Food, budget and computer, that's her.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions or would simply like to chat about the
Adventure, please visit our forum at www.atvwire.com
A few interesting links:
Rafa and Maria from Spain are travelling across the Americas (and possibly around the
world) in their VW Eurovan.
www.lbmaps.com Where we got the
map we use in Baja. Garmin GPS compatible software. Lots of details.
the Navajo Nation with Paul Tohlakai. Think differently, live differently. Monument
Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Mountain, all unique natural features, are located on the
www.bajautv.com 2007 Yamaha
Rhinos for you to rent. 2 or 4 seaters. Guided tours in beautiful Baja.
The Arapeen OHV Trail System is located in south central Utah in the Manti-La Sal
National Forest. Over 350 miles of ATV and 4X4 routes. The backbone of the system is the
scenic South Skyline Drive.
Ride the Nation!
This guy ATVed across North-America from west to east with the help of a support team
A couple, now aged 65, took a year off in 1984 to travel in their Toyota Land Cruiser. 22
years later, they're still travelling!
Superb winter trails to discover
ATV related discussion forum
Updated: May. 25th, 2009
Itinerary of the july 2007 megaride: general view
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We got mail!
Updated: July 2nd, 2008
Here's just an example of the numerous emails we get evrey day!
''thank you for sharing your experiences -
you made the winter easier at least for me. I hope you are well and are
able to prosper on your knowledge.''
To see more emails we got
MORE TO SEE:
to live with the basics
to sleep in a tent for 10 months in remote
and isolated places
to adapt our food to our new life style
to adapt ourselves to very different
to establish the route to follow (not all
trails are marked) while taking into account our needs to find food and fuel, all this
from our home which is over 2,000 miles from the ride's starting point
to live in very different environments:
mountains (altitude), forests, deserts, while coping with the weather (cold, hot, rain,
1001 things to learn before we go
basic wildlife awareness (identify bear or
isolated region survival techniques
First aid and CPR
Use of GPS and map reading
Knowledge of foreign languages (english and
General mechanical knowledge
Web site creation and follow up
To know and respect all the different rules
and regs regarding the use of an ATV in each of the states we travel into for the USA and
CHALLENGE OF ALL: WE START THE RIDE AS A COUPLE AND WE'D LIKE TO FINISH IT AS A COUPLE
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