Yak Sightings 
Have you spotted the Yakman??? 

Diagnostic: likes roadsides, often scraggly in appearance, may bare teeth in upturned mouth expression, often seen attached to slow moving two wheel vehicle, affable demeanor, not considered dangerous. If seen, approach with hot food, free emailing and information on shelter for the Yak and Yakman as offerings. 
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Claude, on his way to San Francisco
Wednesday, 26.11.1997

Tecopa/Death Valley,California

, Morroco
30 March 2001

Mohammedia, March 30, 2001 After a Yak's talk at Claude Monnet school www.ambafrance-ma.org/efmaroc/monet


Mohammedia, Morroco
29 March 2001

"Net+Ultr@' team (netplusultr@tv2.co.ma), 2M TV, Morroco . In action. Programme to be broadcast on April 8, Satellite reception HOTBIRD on 13 Est numeric programme (free of charge)


Fri, 16 Feb 2001

Only a few times in my lifetime have I been completely knocked out or lost for words or even thankful for the moment. The first was the birth of my daughter Kelly on the 20 March 1980 and again more recently May 26 1999 I was fortunate enough to watch Manchester united beat bayarn Munich in Barcelona to lift the European cup. What could possibly havef happened to me in a small town called Ouarzazate on the peripheral of the Sahara dessert to compare with this. His name is Claude.

Known famously as "YAK" he originates from Switzerland and he departed in 1994 to circumnavigate the globe on his bicycle. Claude is a feature writer for numerous magazines and one of the most interesting people I have had the pleasure to meet. I listened for hours to his travel stories and he even read me extracts from his book, which is in draft form and dates back from day one of his departure. ... I asked Claude the same question I asked Simon and Bridget, what advise would you give me prior to my around the world trip and he says that is easy. "What opened more doors in life than any other is a firm handshake and a big smile."





The Yakman in Atar
Thu, 28 Dec 2000

Hi! My name is Fabrice, I am doing a trip with my bike and I've met the Yakman in Atar (Mauritanie).
I send you a few photos of him.

Bye, F. (http://tdmfabrice.free.fr)

P'tit bonjour

Thu, 08 Mar 2001

Un jour, au milieu de rien, au tout du moins quelques parts dans le désert marrocain, j’ai cru halluciné, peut être étais le faite que jÊ‘effectuais le ramadam, mais le plus étrange, est que ma vision évoluait au fil des secondes, commençant par entrevoir une grosse moto venant du néant, celle ci se transformais peu a peu en une forme assez étrange, disons que cela avait quelques chose de ressemblant avec nos propres montures, mais la largeur de cette objet mobile était assez impressionnantes……………, nous fûmes heureux de rencontrer notre premier cyclotouristes, car depuis notre départ de France, malgré la présence de ceux ci faites par les personnes que nous croisions sur notre chemin, nul rencontres ne fut a déplorer…… Claude, tu sais, notre rencontre sur cette route du désert maroccain nous fut un moment fort agréable, et il nous arrive d’évoquer celui ci avec mon amie norbert….

Je ne sais pas ou en est tout aventure, mais j’espère que tu prendras la peine de nous envoyer un p’tit e-mail, Pour notre part, l’aventure pris quelques semaines plus tard un tournant assez spéciale, car en effet, a peu près un mois après notre rencontre, lors de notre premier nuit sur les terres sénégalaises, nous fumes attaqué, malgré le faite que la majeur partie de notre matériel fut volé, nous nous estimons chanceux car logiquement, notre toile de tente devait aurait aussi du nous servir de tombeau…….donc, dans notre malheur nous fumes chanceux…..

Aujourd’hui, et déjà depuis un mois, nous sommes en France, il s’agit de guèrir les blessures, et bien entendu de retrouver l’argent nécessaire pour reprendre un nouveau départ…… a ce sujet, je serais heureux si tu pouvais m’envoyer quelques infos concernant le sponsoring de la société Ortlieb, disons si tu as le temps….. Comme il avait été convenu, je te fais parvenir la photo de notre rencontre, en bonus, je t’y joins celle résultant de notre rencontre avec quelques autochtones sénégalais, je sais, c’est frappant, au tout du moins sanglants…. Mais bon, des rencontres aussi musclées laissent obligatoirement des souvenirs………..et des cicatrices

Bien amicalement,

Fabrice, Norbert and Yak
December 20, 2000
Picture just before the city of Layoune in southern Morroco


The Yak and Eric Attwell
Thu, 25 May 2000

My name is Yves-marie and I met Claude in Bangui last month, he gave me some photographs to put on his website.ThIs photograph concerns Eric Atwell, who cycled
from South Africa to England in 1936

Eric Atwell's book The Road to London is directly available at:

36, Landsdowne Place,
6OO1 Port Elisabeth, Republic of South Africa. Tel:

Click on article to read Claude's review of Attwell's The Road to London



The yak and gazelle in Nairobi
Wed, 5 Apr 2000

Dear Redfishes,

It's been a great journey, tough but lots of fun, and I am hoping to be able to join Claude again by the end of the summer! In Nairobi we met Michael Asher and his wife Marinetta Peru, very nice people. They were the first Europeans who crossed the Sahara by camel from West to East (Mauretania to Egypt) in nine months. Michael wrote many books about the desert nomads and now fiction as well. Here is a photo at their house in Nairobbery...! I believe Claude will be happy to see that picture when he arrives in Bangui! Warm nomadic greetings from over the Atlantic Ocean!


Michael Asher, Marinetta Peru and their son
Nairobi, Kenya
December 99 - European nomads


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