Riding down the Valsugano valley

(Cycling day 5)

Today’s ride was one of the most impressive one I had before.
Starting at the Lago di Caldonazzo and rolling down along the river Brenta on a newly made cyclepath it was outstanding.
As I’m laying already in my tent after having a great Dinner with a guy from Munich – a cyclist with his mtb and streetmachine – just a few pics.

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After so many impressions I finally found my way to Bassano di Grappa – a great city with so much history

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So in the end I got my place for my tent a little bit out of town – with many bikers and paragliders.

And – they’ve got a beer from Bad Reichenhall which is about 60 km from my home.

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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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Hot and cold – rolling down from Brennero

So this day was a really varied one…
I started in Innsbruck with a little bit of rain and took the train up to the Brennero pass.
As I exit the train I first took out my woollen cap, the rainclothes, the long underwear and long gloves – 5 C.

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Cycling down the perfect prepared track it got a little bit warmer so I could leave a part of the warm stuff time by time.

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Visiting Brixen and Clausen I’ve seen again great cultural sites and an outstanding countryside.

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On my way I passed the Trostburg and an old bridge I’ve been before with some friends.

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About 15 km before entering Bolzano there is a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere – but next to the cyclepath.
And – they serve the bavarian organic beer ‘Riedenburger’ – so let’s have a pint…

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And here I got the options to dry my clothes – hurray!
So now the bike was rolling a bit faster and I have to say that this part of today’s track was the most impressive.

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So after 101 km I reached my really nice and new youthhostel and enjoyed a little bit of the ancient town.

A rainy day in Tyrol

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Starting of from my small pension after a great breakfast I was really happy that it was just cloudy and not raining.

Coming down to steep street I’ve been pulling up yesterday I was surprised I’ve managed it to cycle that road up yesterday.

Now back in the Innradweg the first 45 km were fine – just cold and clouds but no rain. The first shower was just short so I had lunch.

But the next rain wasn’t just a shower – it hold on the rest of the day.

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So cycling in the area of ‘Karwendel’ was very impressive as there is a lot of history and natural beauty – if it’s not raining 😉

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So finally I reached my second place to stay – the youthhostel of Innsbruck.
Not very new but okay – and I got to know a guy from Denmark who intends to be a teacher in two years time.
Now he is hitchhiking through Europe, having walked already the camino to Santiago di Compostela and enjoys the school holidays.

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So this day ends in a nice Pizzeria next to the hostel – and I hope the God of weather is a little bit more friendly tomorrow.

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

Part Two: From Firenze to Rome

So here we´ve got the second part of the trip. After crossing some mountains by train from Bologne to Florence I´m going to explore the ancient town – after more than 10 years…

Leaving the city to the northwest visiting Prato and Pistoia I look forward to see the cultural highlights of Lucca and Pisa. Now as I´ve reached the Tyrrhenian Sea I´d like to enjoy the beach and go to Grosseto – also a town with marvellous historic scenery.

Making my basecamp in Orbetello I´d like to explore the nearby Monte Argentario.
Lending – hopefully – the famous Vespa the etruscan cities next to this place and the Terme di Sorrano will be visited. A stop in Pitigliano is also possible.

After those days I´m going to cycle along the coast as the inland countryside is not really suitable for a recumbent and a trailer – it´s a pity because at the start of my planing I´d like to visit the Lago di Bolsena. This is – according to some friends who cycled along this area – not possible.

So in the end there will be Rome – here I´ve got a hotel booked already for two nights and in the evening my CityNightLine train will bring me back to Germany.
Rome will be the cultural highlight – there are so many sights and museums to discover – I really look forward to this great city.

So now I´m really happy to have finisched my plans for this years journey – if you got any recommendations drop me a line!


Florence to Rome – Part Two of my trip

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Part One: From Bavaria to Bologne

Wow – in a weeks time I´ll be sitting in a small B&B in Kiefersfelden next to the Austrian border…

This year I´m going to explore a new country by bike – Italy. I´ve been there several times -as a child in Lido di Jesolo, with my first car in Toscany around Florence, with friends to the Lago di Garda – but never by bicycle…

As I´ve started my planings around November I´ve been always thinking I could take the alps via Fern- and Reschenpass as there are two shuttle options for cyclists.
But – there are also some hills to climb – and this is not the best option with a recumbent and a trailer having around 35 kg…

So some days ago I´ve decided with the help of a good friend to make a complete new plan and booked new B&Bs or youth hostels along the new track – crossing the alps via Brennero.

Rolling down to Bolzano I´m going to use the Etschtal cycle path – wich is also the Via Claudia Augusta – to Trento.
Here I will climb (or use the train) to the Lago di Caldonazzo and find my way down to Mestre along the beautiful cycle path Valsungana. So I´d like to visit Venice.

Now back westwards Í´d like to see Verona where I haven´t been for a long time.
After having visited Ferrara this first Part will end in Bologne.


From Bavaria to Innsbruck along the river Inn

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Part One: Bavaria to Innsbruck

Part Two: From Brennero to Bologne

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Part Two: Brennero to Bologne

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!

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