Table of contents and overview 2020 Crossing the Pyrenees - Overview of the route 2020 New Zealand - Overview of the route "South Island" 2019 Scotland - Overview of the route 2019 With the "Tret-Lager" through Switzerland - Overview of the route 2019 Gran Canaria 2018 Northern Spain - Overview of the route 2018 Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Overview of the route Kyrgyzstan - Overview of the route Tajikistan 2018 Lanzarote - Fuerteventura - Overview of the route Lanzarote - Overview of the route Fuerteventura 2017 Narvik (No) - Sundsvall (Se) - Overview of the route 2016 Flensburg (De) - Sundsvall (Se) - Overview of the route 2015 Belgrade - Thessaloniki - Overview of the route Belgrade - Sofia - Overview of the route Sofia - Thessaloniki 2014 Sicily - Sardinia - Overview of the route Sicily - Overview of the route Sardinia 2013 Van (TR) - Isfahan (IR) - Overview of the route 2012 Vienna - Split - Overview of the route 2010 Dubrovnik - Thessaloniki - Overview of the route
2020 Crossing the Pyrenees
The idea of crossing the Pyrenees came up during an evening trip on the VC-Allschwil. We planned the details together with Daniel Wälchli. I found Daniel's suggested routes just perfect, 100km seems "rather short", but with 2000 to 3000hm they were demanding enough, after all we had to deal with this altitude almost every day. This planning allowed an arrival in the "not too late" afternoon, there was enough time for a cozy aperitif, blog writing and of course time for a cozy get-together at meal + drink in the evening.
In the end, there were a total of 8 stages (plus additional lap in Ax-les-Thermes), 917 km and 21,780 hm elevation gain, ... on average, per 100km about 2,375 hm altitude difference!
2020 New Zealand
I was in New Zealand for 2 months. In January, I attended a language course at New Horizon College in Napier. The evening laps in the "Hawkes Bay" region , the 3-day round: Napier-Taihape-Taupo-Napier was a real challenge 😜
In February I cycled about 2000km on the South Island:
Together with long-time friend Markus we were in Scotland for about 2 weeks with the touring bike. We started in Edinburgh, crossed the "Cairngorms National Park" to Inverness, then we drove further north along the well-known "North Coast 500". The whole route was about 1100km with about 12'000hm.
2019 With the "Tret-Lager" through Switzerland
...but what does it mean; "Tret-Lager"...?
- Together with the bike through Switzerland
- Magnificent landscapes and spectacular passes
- Breaks are not neglected, just like the well-deserved rest
- ... and have fun!
This year there were 6 stages in June, we had super nice and hot summer weather, 836km and 14'080hm
2019 Gran Canaria
Cycling, ...different again. I was stationary for 10 days in a quiet, cozy hotel near Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. The "Free Motion Bike Center" organizes daily tours in different group levels. After a "trial-trip" I liked it so much, finally I rode every day. https://www.free-motion.com/gran-canaria/
2018 Northern Spain
A new way to travel ... without maps, etc., planned on "Komoot" and navigated with GPS. The route would hardly have been possible with usual "paper maps", I would definitely have been looking more time for the way than cycling. Unfprtunately, there were unexpected off-road routes despite the "Komoot planned" route used with the option "road bike". My new bike was super suitable, the slighter, wider tyres (28) and fenders were necessary for these tracks. I was on the road for 8 days, a total of 930km with 13,000m. On the 5+6 day I decided for shorter tours.
2018 Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
A dream came true ...to travel the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the "Pamir Highway" Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan in the saddle. I had 2 1/2 month to reach the mountains of Kyrgyzstan the Pamirs. I started in Bishkek in May and it was still rainy and quite cold, in Dushanbe at the end of the travel it was up to 43 degrees. The journey filled me with impressive, beautiful experiences with incredibly hospitable people. During the trip I wrote various blogs and posted many impressive pictures about it...
On the "Pamir Highway" in summer, from Dushanbe (Tajikistan) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) there are several bike tourists every day, often in groups. I my opinion, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are safe and harmless! The people are extremely hospitable, nice and helpful 😊 ...your visit also helps people to survive in their poverty!
The attack on bike tourists on Sunday, July 30, 2018 on the "Pamir Highway" near Dushanbe shocked me deeply, I am speechless and sad..., ..., The government of Tajikistan had proclaimed 2018 the "Year of Tourism". Visas for foreigners have been facilitated, and the government has threatened officials in the notoriously corrupt country with harsh punishment for bribing tourists with money. According to the World Bank, around 400,000 foreigners visited in 2015.
Unfortunately, a terrorist attack cannot be prevented these days, whether in Paris, in Berlin (Christmas market), etc. You can also sit comfortably on the Rhine in Basel, attack and be beaten to death. Worrying time...
2018 Lanzarote - Fuerteventura
I was there for 9 days in February. Absolutely recommended season for bike tours, pleasant climate, temperatures between 15 to 20 degrees. Only 1 day I couldn`t ride because of bad weather. Road bikes and mountain bikes can be rented in many places. I didn`t see touring bikes or cross bikes (with luggage racks) to rent. That's why I had my own bike with me. So I was able to explore the two islands completely...
2017 Narvik (No) - Sundsvall (Se)
Summer in the north, ... 24 hours bright, ... experience the midnight sun above Gällivare, great idea I thought, ...but it was different...
2016 Flensburg (De) - Sundsvall (Se)
After several summer tours in the south, I decided to cycle in the northern countries from europe, Denmark and Sweden. The big surprise...
2015 Belgrade - Thessaloniki
You hear a lot about the area around Serbia, Kosovo, etc. Not always nice things, especially due to the political situation. If you cycle through, your experience will be completely different. Especially in Kosovo we met a lot of extremely friendly people, I never had any problems. Bulgaria is also very beautiful, amazing landscape, ... almost as beautiful as the "Swiss mountains" 😉
2014 Sicily - Sardinia
I would like to climb to Etna with my bike, ...briefly thought and hopped on road 🙂 ... Sicily is suitable for cycling, easy to travel, friendly people. There are many bars and restaurants where you can protect yourself from the scorching sun. However, summer is not the best time to ride the bicycle there...
2013 Van (TR) - Isfahan (IR)
We planned this tour together, with long-time friend Markus. The anticipation was great, we are good friends, we have known each other for many years and we often traveled abroad together. The only problem was, two days before departure we didn`t have a visa (Iran), ...but we were lucky, they arrived by express the day before the trip...
2012 Vienna - Split
The summer of 2012 was hot, ... very hot. At 33 degrees we went from Vienna towards Hungary - Sopron, then further south with the destination "Croatia to the sea"...
Also on this tour I cycled with my friend Markus. When I was creating this page (December 2018) super nice memories come up, ... Thank you Markus 🙂