The Congrès mondial acadien is a gathering held every five years and it unites the Acadian diaspora from all over the world. Many activities are planned over a two week period from August 8th to the 24th, 2014. For details, see my earlier article at http://goo.gl/6Q19u and the 2014 World Acadian Congress home page at http://cma2014.com/.
Several thousand attendees will travel to Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec via automobile, airline, train, bus lines, and bicycles. Bicycles? Yes, a group of northern Maine cyclists are preparing to unveil a ride aimed at highlighting the host regions using two wheels. The group is planning a "pre tour" in 2013, to be followed by another tour to the Congrès in 2014.
Covering both paved and dirt roads, the ride is patterned after the popular “randonnee” rides in Europe — noncompetitive group rides. With registration and starting points in Fort Kent and Clair, New Brunswick, both rides begin with a breakfast before heading out over rolling terrain through farmland, past lakes and through small villages.
You can read more in an article by Julia Bayly in the Bangor Daily News at http://goo.gl/h8Oom. Information on the ride is available at http://makefreshtrails.com/events/tour-de-lacadie-pre-congres-tour/.
OK, here is a challenge: I am a recumbent bicycle enthusiast and I have a lot of Acadian ancestry. I also used to live in northern Maine, not far from the two starting points of this ride. I can report there are a lot of Acadian descendants living in the area.
I am thinking of joining this ride to the Congrès mondial acadien. I will probably drive to Fort Kent with the bike strapped onto the automobile, then park the auto and ride with this group. Would any newsletter readers like to join me? It might be a fun way to travel to the Congrès!
Take a look at http://makefreshtrails.com/events/tour-de-lacadie-pre-congres-tour/.
This is my bike: