Nothing appears unusual in the photograph of a couple taken August 18, 2000, just before Jean Béliveau left Montreal to walk around the world. But the story of one man’s midlife journey and the patient wait of his partner, Luce Archambault, is anything but ordinary.
Most people whose businesses fail go through some sort of depression. When it happens during the middle years, we call it a mid-life crisis and struggle to set ourselves back upright. Béliveau is unique in turning his into an odyssey.
Archambault is unique in supporting his quest, with only once-yearly visits. As faithful as the Greek Penelope, she wrote regular newsletters, maintained the wwwalk.org site and fielded media questions the entire 11 years.
When 56-year-old Jean Béliveau reaches Montreal on October 16th , he will have worn out more than 4 dozen pairs of shoes walking over 75,000 km through 64 countries, carrying with him the dream of peace and freedom from violence for the children of the world.
All photos from WWWalk.org
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