Today an article about my trip was published in the swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter http://www.dn.se/insidan/jorden-runt-pa-tva-hjul/
They made a nice map of my journey which I was allowed to use on this page (see maps)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Day 354 - 356, 20 km
I spent some more relaxing days with my sisters family in Berlin.Reichstag Building and its famous dome of glass.
This is at the river Spree not far from the Reichstag building.
The queue to the Riechstag Building was VERY long. They told us we had to wait 1,5 - 2 hours before we could go up in the dome.
Therefore we changed our minds and decided to walk to the Siegessäule instead.
Day 357, 135 km
On May 24th I left my sisters house in Teltow. She and Daniel followed me one hour with their bicycles.
Then I rode by myself the rest of the day. I had a good tailwind and soon I passed more giant fields of solar collectors.
The border to Poland was at the river Oder.
Day 358, 145 km
As soon as I started in the morning the rain begun. What I did not know was that it would rain more than 24 hours!
I did not take many pictures that day because of the weather. Here is a polish church in the rain.
I was really grateful that I did not need to sleep in the woods that night because everything was flooded and it was raining all night...
Day 359, 140 km
The next village I passed was called Szwecja
Day 360, 100 km
In the morning I found out that there were only 100 km to Gdansk and that even when I rode very slowly I would come 24 hours before the departure of my ferry. So I looked for things I could do along the road. Soon I passed a sign guiding me to a view tower. It was 500 m off the road in a wood on the highest hill of the area.
There was another guy who took paid for the parking lots. He had the same kind of costume and had a lot of music instruments around him. He let me try some of them and insisted to ask the other guy to take pictures of us playing.
He even sang the song for me.
He also told me that the mountain there was the highest between the Pyrenees and the Ural Mountains (which must be a little excessive...)
In the afternoon I arrived in Gdansk.
Day 361, 50 km
Next morning I investigtated the surrounding of Gdansk and found out that there were really nice beaches and wonderful bicycle paths along the coast NW of Gdansk. I decided to make some research if it was a good place to go on vacation and became more and more convinced about it!
Day 362, 70 km
Although it was raining when the ship arrived (at 2 pm on June 29th 2013) in Nynäshamn, my friend Axel expected me there to ride together with me to Stockholm.
We visited the Tourist Office to get maps and advices about the best route.
It was a strange feeling to speak swedish and to ride on swedish roads. I almost had forgotten that swedish bicycle paths were so wide and that the pavement was so smooth!
Late at night I arrived at my house. My girlfriend Emma, who had watched it for a year, was expecting me and I showed her on a map the exact route of my trip.
|If you enlarge the map you can see my route|
She told me that next day all my children would come for a welcome party!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Day 344, 0 km
My old (former) teacher from Vienna came and visited me and my sister in Zurich. I met him at the station and then we took a streetcar to my sisters apartment. We had a good time exchanging old memories, and he was very curious to hear about my trip.
Day 345, 135 km
I packed all my stuff and was ready to leave Christina at eight in the morning. Suddenly she suggested to follow me on her bike some kilometers.
Day 346, 170 km
I had a good wind from SW that day. Soon I passed Donaueschingen and discovered that the river Danube.
Day 347, 130 km
I had big difficulties that day to find good bicycle roads. On my road map I could not see which roads were allowed for bicyclists and which not and more and more were not allowed...
there was a fence only 20 meters from the road. Anyway, I was so exhausted that I did not hear the cars passing in the night.
Day 348, 155 km
Next morning I continued towards NW. The wind came from S so I often had tailwind. I passed several hills around 500 m elevation and had beautiful views over the Rhine Valley west of me.
Day 349, 40 km
I had a relaxing morning, planing my route from Cologne/Köln to Berlin. At noon I rode downtown to look at the famous Dome of Cologne
I rode back to my sisters house and we decided to do more sightseeing in the evening. We went to a huge warehouse called Globetrotter. There you can buy all kind of outdoor wear and gear and you even can test in indoors in different climate rooms!
On the picture you can see kayaks which you could test on a lake in the middle of the store.
I bought some new rear panniers because my old one really were not waterproof any more...
Day 350, 135 km
While I adjusted the new panniers and packed my stuff Anna made me the largest food package I ever had.
Day 351, 115 km
The day was calm and rainy again. But I never needed to put on my rain clothes because it only rained a little.
When I had passed Paderborn route 1 turned to a highway were bicycles were not allowed, so i had to find bicycle paths again.
Finally I found a good sleeping place on a old railway intersection (there were no rails any more...)
Day 352, 155 km and a lift of 215 km
The fog was so thick in the morning that I did not feel safe to ride. But because it was Sunday there was almost no traffic so I decided to do it anyway and whenever I heard a car I pulled over my bike and stopped.
Soon the fog disappeared and I came to the town Hameln (Hamelin).
Then I rode to Hannover, where I again had big problems to find bicycle paths. IT took me some hours and many turn-backs to pass that town. Finally I succeeded and now there were no more hills,
Because it was extra long weekend and nice weather I met many bicyclers that day. But not only bicyclists!
Because my schedule to arrive in Stockholm before June is quite tight I agreed and late in the evening I arrived in Wolfsburg. There I met her and her family.
Day 353, 15 km
Today I had a really good relaxing day. First 9:30 we went out of bed. In Germany nobody is working on whit Monday, so even my brother in law and my nephew were at home. After brunch we made a bicycle tour in the surrounding and ate a lot of delicious ice cream.
I also made up my plans for the rest of my trip: I decided to continue NE to Gdansk (Poland, about 500 km from here) and take a ferry from there over the Baltic Sea directly to Nynäshamn. I will arrive there on Wednesday the 29th May at 1:00 pm. From there I could take a local train to Stockholm (70 km) but I want to find out how it is to bike in Sweden.
If you read this and feel to join me the last 70 km please meet me at the ferry terminal! We could ride together in a slow speed and reach Stockholm in the evening!
Tell me about your plans if you want, contact me at email@example.com