Morin bought his bicycle from a french compagny BGA, may 22 1930,
for $45. BGA made weapons, so this bicycle was made with the same
strenght, it still has its original parts.
Mr.Morin has traveled 325 275 kilometers and has made eight trips
around the world. He used to travel from April 1 to October 1, an
average of 100 kilometers a day, but he’s a little bit slower
He was the fist to bike from halifax to Vancouver.
He did this trip in 1947, 67 days of traveling for a total of 11
265 kilometers. Mr. Morin bought his fist bicycle, a CCM, at the
age of 19 year old. He used to make deliveries on his bike. At the
time though, you had to be 21 to buy and ride a bike on public
roads, so his mother had to sign for him to be allowed to purchase
He used to go the cinema to see movies about U.S. National Parks,
so one day he decided he wanted to see them with his own eyes. He
traveled across Canada's Montains where there were no residents.
Once, he rode on 255 km of impossible roads, the worst raods in
North America. Half the trip was on unpaved road. He rode 37
kilometers in the middle of the wood with a bike who no gear and
Once, Mr. Morin tried a bike with gears, but he will never try one
again, he did not like it.
He recorded a new personal record in 1950, 12 875 km- New-York to
In 1952, he rode 14
485 km from LA to Washington whit a stop by Mexico City and Miami.
On his way, he went up to Evans in Colorado, the highest peak in
In his many trips, Mr. Morin has rode across 6 deserts including
The Salten Sea Desert in California where he traveled 200 km in
one day in 52C.
In the spring of 1951, Roméo Morin took a boat to Southampton. In
3 months, he had traveled through 18 European countries for a
total of 11 265 km.
We asked him what he remembered of Holland. He answered: "I
remember, in Holland and Belgium, there were many water channels.
Also, that it is excellent bike terrain, quiet and flat. There
were very few cars. Is it still like that?''
( Laugh) " No!"
Morin-" It was the fist time I had seen parking spots for
What do you remember of the other European countries?"
Morin-" I rode through these small countries so fast, I don't
remember them very well."
Mr. Morin traveled in Europe 6 years after the war. He saw many
bombed cities. Food was difficult to come by, especially for a
tourist. " In germany, there were not enough food stamps for
the population, so you can imagine for a tourist."
Mr. Morin bought a weapon because he was sometimes days in
isolated areas, so he needed protection mostly against animals,
such as wolfs, bears and buffalos.
Once in Alberta, he encountered a bear, so he hid behind a tree.
The bear smelled the bike, and decided there was nothing
interesting for him, so he left.
Mr. Morin had no accident until the age of 72. He was hit by a car
and had a bad fall but nothing serious. The next day he was sent home from the hospital.
He had plans to bike through Australia in 1953, and Russia in
1954, but his mom got sick and he wanted to be at her side. He
cancelled for life. He got married at the age of 60. He still biked, but ended his long travels. He has no regrets
though, he doesn't feel guilty.
Mr. Morin used to take two weeks of vacation time from work for
his trips, but once into his trips, he would send postcards to his
boss announcing that his trip would take longer (months) and he
was having too much fun. He had the freedom to take these long
trips because he had no family. For his fist 15 years of working,
he never took one day off! All
of his trips equal to 660 days of wok days. "I could have
built a nice house." Says Mr. Morin. But Mr. Morin has no
regret he says "I lived like a prince"
Apart from his bicycle Mr. Morin had hundred of pictures but a
flood ruined most of the photos, maps of his trips that were
stored in the cellar where he lived. He has no family left but 1
cousin. His wife, brothers and sisters are dead. "I bike and
read 6 papers every day. I go to the opera to understand
life." Mr. Morin says jokingly ``can you believe I was turned
down by the Army because I was not athletic enough! ``
Thank you Mr. Morin.
from Mr. Morin-
"A cyclist has traveled a lot is a
cyclist that has learned a lot."