You solely dwell as soon as, so these two determined to seize life by the haunches.
OUTLOOK – Odds are we have all heard this similar type of story earlier than.
A few individuals pack the whole lot up and hit the highway, on the lookout for journey throughout the Canadian panorama. It is an ideal story, and it at all times instills only a wee little bit of jealousy in individuals who collect round to listen to the story.
However have you ever ever heard of two individuals doing it within the winter…..on sidecar bikes, no much less?
That is precisely what Robby Knecht and Magali Habouzit are doing proper now. The worldwide couple – Robby is Franco-Swiss and Magali is French – have been attracting eyeballs and a focus with the huge, cross-country and cross-borders highway journey they have been endeavor since December 2021. Impressed by the late Hubert Kriegel, a fellow sidecar motorcyclist who offered the whole lot he had in 2005 to journey the world in what he referred to as ‘The Timeless Trip’, the couple have been documenting their travels on-line through Fb and YouTube with a pair of vigorous pages referred to as ‘Robby 3 Wheels’. Folks may also study extra about Robby’s fascinating background on his web site at robby3w.ch.
A man, a lady, and their sidecars. The place to, honey?
Effectively, how about France, Italy and Germany? How does Norway sound to you, in addition to Sweden, Finland, and Russia? Why do not we motor our method by way of Poland, Croatia, and Greece, too?
Most peoples’ trip checklists include issues like garments, provides, and groceries. Robby and Magali’s itinerary reads extra like an atlas or a classroom globe.
Arriving with their built-in-Siberia Ural Ranger bikes in Canada again in October to be able to resume their worldly journey, this time within the Nice White North, the pair have seen wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime issues and skilled our typical Canadian friendliness and welcoming hospitality. Their arrival in Outlook of all locations on Friday, January 6 was utterly random, a advice from somebody they spoke to simply days earlier who advised them that they had to soak up the riverside neighborhood when the pair discovered themselves with no lodging. Upon mentioned arrival, their transportation grabbed various wandering eyes on Franklin Road, parked in entrance of the Motor Resort, with some individuals getting out of their automobiles to be able to get an up-close take a look at the distinctive bikes.
Sitting down for a beer with Robby and Magali, their story is one which must be heard to be believed. By this level, upon arriving in Outlook, they’ve traveled 13,360 km throughout this nice nation, zig-zagging between principal highways however preferring facet roads and rural routes to be able to see extra of what Canada has to supply.
One of many patrons within the Outlook resort bar strikes up a dialog with Magali, who tells her the place they’re in the end going.
“Oh my God…not on these?!?” the patron asks, thumbing to the skin the place they bikes are in additional of a press release than a query.
“Yeah!” says Magali matter-of-factly, like as if she’s been requested this time and time once more.
The pair’s journey guidelines may see them lose a cellphone or two, however they only carry on protecting on, doing their finest to keep away from principal highways.
“Yesterday we had been in Southey, invited by a pair, and we went ice fishing,” mentioned Magali. “My telephone dropped within the lake, haha! Now, we discover ourselves right here in Outlook. We’re on our strategy to Airdrie, and we do not take highways! We discover them boring, particularly with the vans, and so we take small roads.”
“As a result of we experience slowly, between 70/80 km/hour,” added Robby. “It is good to this point, we love what we have been seeing!”
“It was simply by likelihood that we got here throughout Outlook!” mentioned Magali.
Touring the way in which that they do, placing on tons of of clicks per day, Robby says that they do not commit themselves to any strict schedules as a result of their plans can generally change instantly, based mostly on the place their heads are at or if the climate spurs them to maintain proper on using.
“We’ve no plan, no itinerary,” defined Robby. “Solely a course, however no set plans. We do not need to make plans if we will not comply with by way of on them, like if we reserve a resort that is 300 km away, however we need to proceed to experience, you then’re pressured to cease.”
“Often at round 3:00 PM, we’ll look on Google Maps to see the place we’re near and see if they’ve a motel or resort,” added Magali. “As nicely, we discover ourselves invited lots to peoples’ homes, corresponding to fellow bikers.”
Robby was impressed to place collectively this worldwide itinerary by one thing that the late Hubert Kriegel as soon as mentioned.
“I used to do lots of surroundings rides and issues like that,” mentioned Robby. “Hubert Kriegel, who died 4 years in the past, was 55 when he mentioned this: ‘I maintain working for the following 10 years and I will probably be poor after that. Or, I promote the whole lot I’ve, I’m going journey for 10 years on my sidecar and I will probably be poor after that!’ I mentioned to myself, ‘God, that is what I’ve to do!'”
Knecht says it is easy for him to experience within the wintertime, but it surely’s actually totally different than hopping on a hog at some other time of the 12 months. In the meantime, whereas Magali mentioned that she’s studying, she’s had some rising pains right here and there.
“I am not as skilled as Robby, however I am studying,” mentioned Magali. “I am studying experience within the snow, however I did get caught in Moose Mountain Provincial Park! We needed to name a tractor to get me out. We’re very well-equipped, and we’re not chilly. We’ll sometimes experience every day beginning at round 8:30 or 9:00 AM and go till 4:00 or 6:00 PM, and it is labored out simply fantastic for us. We common between 300-400 km a day, and generally we have carried out 500 or extra.”
Placing on that a lot mileage per day is spectacular, particularly with the stops that the pair makes to be able to shoot footage, take pictures, and take time to speak with individuals whereas on a fuel run.
“We additionally take pictures with our drone, which might take up time,” mentioned Robby. “However touring by bike within the winter is not new for me. I crossed Norway in January at -30, so I am assured in our acumen.”
“Generally we will spend an hour at a fuel station simply speaking with individuals,” laughed Magali.
Their story is unimaginable to this point, however the place does this all finish? Effectively, Magali and Robby put it quite simple.
“We offered the whole lot we now have and we determined to vary our lives,” mentioned Magali. “The way in which we’re going about issues, we’ll go till we run out of cash and go till the wheels fall off!”
“It is a new life,” mentioned Robby. “We offered our condominium, and we even offered our kids, hahaha!”
For these two international get-up-and-get-going-ers, it has been the individuals and the locations which have been probably the most memorable for them, and it is one thing they’re going to miss about their time in Canada.
“It is assembly the individuals,” mentioned Magali, when requested what the very best factor about their journey has been. “The surroundings is wonderful, and Canada is a tremendous nation. You could have such grand area, and you do not know the posh you are dwelling in! That is for the eyes, however for the center, it is the individuals; they’re merely unimaginable. It is exhausting for us to go away.”
“Lots of people have invited us to sleep of their homes and eat with them,” mentioned Robby. “The individuals have been so beneficiant. We have cherished our time right here in Canada.”
On the time this text was written, Robby and Magali had been in British Columbia, desiring to cross the border into the USA, with the objective of reaching Argentina being the final word vacation spot on their checklist.
Trying on the faces of those two highway warriors, it is easy to see that their journey, with such a colossal itinerary masking tens of 1000’s of miles, has produced a love of life that so few of us will ever expertise. Robby and Magali put their very own lives on pause to be able to conquer the highway and see the world from an entire new perspective, one which we may maybe solely dream of getting. The issues they’ve seen, the individuals they’ve met, the websites they’ve taken in, and the views they’ve witnessed; it causes this reporter to considerably keep away from asking the plain query: why take this journey? Why threat the potential for harm, engine failure, or possibly even worse on the market on main highways and roads?
As a result of generally you simply must hit that proverbial pause button, seize life by the throat and shake it for all its price. We solely get one life, so it could as nicely be a memorable one.
Maybe Robby places it completely by sharing a quote from the late Thierry Sabine, a French motorbike racer and the founding father of the Dakar Rally.
“A hell for the one who leaves….A dream for individuals who stay”.
The issues we wish in life take work, sacrifice and dedication. However boy oh boy, after we obtain them, or in Robby and Magali’s case, after we journey by way of them, they only make life that rather more price it in the long term.
Secure travels, you two.