Days 3&4: Petit-Goâve to Miragoâne to Aquin

This may come as a shock, but you don’t always get high-end internet when you’re traveling thru rural Haiti. I’ve got lovely photographs here, but can’t upload them.

Day Three was an easy day. I left Petit-Goâve and got to Miragoâne just a couple of hours later. I think I only covered about 25km. Miragoâne has a great market and some lovely old-style churches.

Day Four I wanted more of a challenge, so I shot for Aquin. There were some serious climbs there, but every climb you complete rewards you with the exhilaration of blazing downhill on the potential energy you just earned. I am in real nice rural countryside here, and starting to see something I know this ecoregion should have: big birds of prey. I saw what I think were some type of stork and condor.

Les Collines seems to be the friendliest town in Haiti! I was blazing thru there, and every single group of people actually cheered me on! “Bravo, blan!” I haven’t got that reaxion anywhere else.

I’m in a hotel a few kilometers beyond Aquin now. I’m looking out over the sea to a little tropical island. I’m 90% sure there’s pirate treasure buried on it.

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Why Haiti needs forests

I’ll make this short because I’m knackered from cycling all day. All you have to do is click here and donate; it’ll take two minutes and you don’t even have to sweat.

People often talk as though we had to choose to either protect ecosystems or else choose economic development. Nothing could be further from the truth. Haiti’s economic development depends on its ecosystems. I truly believe that a thick forest cover would solve a lot of Haiti’s problems at once. Here’s how:

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Some pictures so far

Winter test-driving the treemobile. The treemobile features a little Haitian flag and a machete zip-tied to frame.

Winter test-driving the treemobile. The treemobile features a little Haitian flag and a machete zip-tied to frame.

The seedbombs are made, the tent, solar charger, and other kit is packed and strapped to the bike - I'm ready to go! Setting out from Haiti Communitere.

The seedbombs are made, the tent, solar charger, and other kit is packed and strapped to the bike – I’m ready to go! Setting out from Haiti Communitere.

Snapped this on the way to Léogâne

Snapped this on the way to Léogâne