20,000 km crossing Europe and Asia on a 125cm² motor bike. An gesture for women’s freedom and emancipation.
My little 125cc Varadero, is my first and only vehicle. I bought it as soon as I was licensed to. It was with sheer happiness that we befriended. The laughter and tears of everyday life taught us what we were made of and what to expect from one another. Much more than a mere means of transport, she symbolized a very simple concept. The concept that from then on I could leave at any time and go anywhere I wanted. A concept of independence that rimed heavenly with "freedom".
Today, 10 years and more than 110 000 km later, she tells me it is time to ease up and that the Parisian tarmac is not her scene anymore. That she deserves quiet retirement somewhere. A heartbreak for me that brought up an idea: we had to go on a last trip, a long trip to say goodbye. Just as the salmon we would go back to the place where her soul was born. It would be a journey singing like an ode to the freedom she gave me…
Because love it the engine for all things and freedom the fuel, I decided to leave with my mechanical horse towards the rising sun, hopefully meeting men and women fighting in their own way for the right to freedom.
And so… BACK TO JAPAN was born !
Main Points :
- Départ de Paris le 5 juin 2010, accompagnée pour 2 jours de motardes et motards.
- 120 jours de trajet prévu soit une moyenne de 170 km/j.
- Je pense parcourir environ 340 km/j afin de rouler en moyenne un jour sur deux et avoir du temps pour les rencontres.
- Retour en France le 10 octobre 2010
Around the Project
- Shooting a film about people met on the road using an HD camera and a Go-Pro microphone.
- Regular follow up on the project on the www.backtojapan.fr blog done by myself or, if necessary, by the Explonova team, an association supporting the project.
- Conferences with the film as support organised with French associations for the Alliances Françaises