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EuroRoute R1 – the new challenge cycling from Lithuania to St. Petersburg/Russia

Follow my new trip from Lithuania to St. Petersburg

Last year you´ve followed me from Bavaria to Rome in Itlay – and those days I´ve met a cupple from Lithuania at the beginning of this trip.
They invited me to visit their wonderful country and recommended me the “LatEst” cyclepath – unfortunately the surface of it is more than 50 % gravel so it´s not possible to go there with my recumbent.

But while looking for options I found a great route through Europe – the EuroRoute R1, which leads you from London via Germany to St. Petersburg in Russia.
Wow – that sounds great and would give me a trip to go for the next 3 years – so, let´s do it!

The EuroRoute R1 – here you´ll find all informations

I´ve started the preparations for this adventure already in September 2016 as I need a transport from St. Petersburg – which wasn´t that easy as there isn´t a direct ferry to Germany anymore.
Also the experiences with the changeable weather – even in Italy – forced me to look for another tent – so the guys from Globetrotter in Munich gave me a hint that MSR would bring out a new tent especially for cyclists – and here we are…so follow my new adventure – I´m looking forward to it. Starting in the middle of May 2017.

 

The trip in the local newspaper 

Now I’m already more than 2 months back from my trip to Rome and a good friend encouraged me to give this story to the local newspaper. 

So today the ‘Trostberger Tagblatt’ released the following article about my journey – many thanks to Christine who made an interview with me and made this story possible! 

Till the end of the month the online fundraiser could be found here – the work of Medicines Sans Frontières won’t get less… Thanks a lot!

The fundraiser site for Médecins Sans Frontières 

Following refugees from South Sudan and Syria by ‘Doctors without borders’

Thursday, 06/16/2016

 

imageToday I found myself in a huge city and was really happy to have Google maps offline…

On a square in the middle of the town some big white tents were put up from the organisation I collect donations for on this blog and I started to talk with the people of ‘Medicins Sans Frontières’. Most of them had been already to some of the hotspots of their work like Lesbos or Macedonia.

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In these tents usually used as portable hospitals you could first inform yourself about the situation in South Sudan and Syria.

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Finally you’ve entered the last tent where you could accompany those refugees on their way to Europe under catastrophic circumstances with augmented reality.

Find out more about this campaign…

Milionidipassi-experience by MSF.it

If you also would like to support this independent organisation – have a look to my german site.

From Bavaria to Rome – the donation site

And finally a report about this campaign by an italian newspaper…

#milionidipassi-experience

Cycling for Doctors without frontiers

As my trip will be ended up in Rome just tomorrow in a week I’d like to remind you to my donation campaign.

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Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a private international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims.

All of its members agree to honour the following principles:

Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed or political convictions.Médecins Sans Frontières observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic or religious powers.

So I kindly encourage you to visit my (german) donation website to leave a few Euros… 🙂

https://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/spenden-sammeln?hptitle=bavariatorome

Hanging out at the Lago di Caldonazzo

(Lazy day 1)

This morning I was shortly thinking about having a day off and finally I came to the decision to do so.

After having my first full camping breakfast with organic-fairtrade cappuccino I looked for a roundtrip along the two lakes around here and so I made my way to Levico.

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And again I missed the recommended time to visit a church. Popped in at 12 and the doors were closed.

Along a small road a little bit up in the surrounding mountains I followed the road back to my starting point – nice views of the nearby lake – and finally after having a cool bath in the pool a nice look over the Lago di Caldonazzo.

Tomorrow I’ll heading to the south along the cyclepath for about 75 km to
Bassano del Grappa – there is a new campingsite…looking forward to see this eldorado for paraglider.

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Cycling down the valley

(Cycling day 4)

Here we go again to cycle down the ‘Grand canyon’ along the river Etsch… Okay, that’s a bit to much but it remember me of some pics I’ve seen.

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Many people were on their way, some from the Reschenpass who parked their car in Nauders and got a shuttle booked bringing them back from Verona. And many racing bikes on the training for the Tour de France – or something familiar…

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And I had a really good tasting apple juice freshly made from the local fields.

Finally after 65 km I reached Trento where I got my train up to the Lago di Caldonazzo – thanks to Martin who gave me that advice to cycle along that lake.
Before boarding I had time to have a short look to that interesting town – worth a visit.

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It was a really pity I couldn’t have a look into the cathedral as there was a service going on…

Up to St. Cristoforo I found a small camping with Pizzeria (really good selection for vegetarians) and got to know to a german couple I had a great Dinner with in that restaurant.
Wonderful day, perfect ride, sunny day and nice people – I would call that holiday!

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The first night in the mountains

So let’s start my trip of 2016 – and this time I’ll begin my route from home…the last years I’ve been using the train or car to reach the starting point.

So a big wish was to go the lake Chiemsee with my travel equipment as this never happened before. And with a finally outstanding weather – after chold and rainy conditions in the last weeks.

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Visiting some friends to say goodbye was also a great pleasure to start this journey and so I was cycling though ‘my’ woods.

The preparations for this trip was very – let’s say interesting. Two weeks before starting off good friends of mine strongly recommended me not to take the Reschenpass and also Lago di Bolsena as the way would be to steep.
Some of you will now think – what kind of traveller is this guy – well, with a recumbent bike and a trailer you’ve not the same opportunities like with a ‘ normal’ bike – but it got many advantages.

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While cycling through the pre-alps I’ve met a couple from Lithuania and we talked about an hour or so. They’ve been cycling nearly Europe and also Arabic states – and I’ve got a tip to use my E-Werk more efficiently to recharge my batteries.

After that I made a rest at the river Inn and enjoyed my lunch.

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So there where about 20 km left to cycle along the flat cyclepath – but in the end I had to climb up the hill to find my pension which I had booked.

A great Dinner and of course a good beer where the perfect end of this first day.
When most of the guests had gone a few folks with an accordion came along and played and sung – so this was a really funny finish.

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Cycling for “Doctors without borders/Médecins Sans Frontíeres”

As I´m going to cycle around 1.500 km I´d like to encourage you, my friends and visitors of this blog, to support the “Doctors without borders” with 0,20 € per km.

I got the idea of collecting donations from the german long-distance-cyclist Peter Smolka who is travelling right now in Africa. You can find is journey here:
http://www.tour-de-friends.de

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Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a private international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims.

All of its members agree to honour the following principles:

  • Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed or political convictions.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
  • Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic or religious powers.

So I kindly encourage you to visit my (german) donation website to leave a few Euros… 🙂

https://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/spenden-sammeln?hptitle=bavariatorome

Counting down – 3 weeks to leave Bavaria

I can´t believe it – in only 3 weeks time I´m going to leave my hometown heading towards Rome.

This time I´m going to start my trip right at my home cycling along the wellknown Chiemsee and fall asleep in Bad Tölz and Füssen..
Here – where the famous castle Neuschwanstein is located – I´m going to take my first bikeshuttle over the Fernpass and the Reschenpass.
Using the old roman “street” called Via Claugia Augusta the city of Meran will be passed and I´ll use the Etschtal cyclepath wich is also very famous.
The Lago di Garda will be missed as I´m going to use the “pista ciclabile” above the valley of that lake.

Visiting Verona I will have a nice roll-down to Bologna having a closer look to that marvellous city. Here I´ll take the last shuttle – this time the train – to Florence.


I´d like to spend 2 nights or so here as there are already gone more than 10 years after my last visit – and this town is a highlight for sure!
Leaving the ancient town westwards along the river Arno I´d like to visit Vinci, Lucca and
Pisa.
Now I´ve reached to west coast of Italy and this will be more relaxing as there are many options to lay down in my hammock enjoying the sunset.

Finally I will visit Piombino, Orbetello and the hot springs of Saturnia. The Lago di Bolsena will be the last option to have a bath enjoying a campingsite as I´m know heading towards
Rome. Here I´ve booked already 2 nights and after exploring the first time this outstanding city I´m going to take the nighttrain back to Germany.

Looking forward to this great journey – if you got any ideas what to visit – just let me know!

Rome - the forum
Rome – the forum