Germany: Crossing our first border

Germany! The first country, of many more to come. We traveled here for 5 days: Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 8 May 2016

Weather: sunny but strong headwinds all the way. Fresh on the first day but soon getting warmer, up to 25 degrees.

Route: following well signposted riverpaths without traffic. First the Isar out of Munchen, then the Vils until Vilshofen an der Donau, then the Donau into Austria. Very flat but we´re only just getting used to the heavy luggage and the strong headwinds so we´re grateful for the easy riding.

Overall we loved our short tour in Germany. We met some great people through warmshowers and couchsurfing, enjoyed some nice chitchat for instance with the dogwalker who came to greet us when we were packing up our first wild camp site. A relaxed start to our journey.


Voerendaal – Cologne 85km. CS with Midori and Felix

Cologne – Munich by night train. Breakfast with Dita und Michl.

Munich – Hohenpolding 80 km. WS with David and Uschi

Hohenpolding – Eichendorf 70km. Wild camp

Eichendorf – Passau 70km. Campsite.

Total distance cycled in Germany: 325km

Budget, acommodation and food

1 couchsurfing, 1 warmshowers, 1 campsite, 1 wild camp.

Total cost accomodation; 18 euro. Average per night per person: 2,50 euro.

Total cost food: 29 euro. We did our own cooking and shopped at Lidl. One beer in the sun in Cologne. Average per day per person: about 3,50 euro.

We spent about 80 euro in a camping store in Cologne on essentials we forgot: pepper spray against wild dogs (not possible to get in NL), bike lock, fuel for the cooker, universal electricity plug.


Into the German wide open

Goodmorning to you all, from behind our fried eggs and coffee in Cologne, some days after our Amsterdam departure.

The whoops and cheers and clapping that sent us off from Rapha last Saturday made us quite emotional and the closest thing to a rock star we will ever be. We are still buzzing with the best goodbye we could have wished for. Very cool! We continued down South through the Netherlands, enjoying the ride with friends to Utrecht, meeting up with friends and family in Utrecht, Eindhoven, Milheeze and Voerendaal over the last few days. Only yesterday did we finally find ourselves alone, on the road, across the border into Germany, after the last hugs and kisses from our parents. We had the sun in our face and the wind in our back and it felt as if we were being pushed along by the well wishes from our friends and family. A lovely start of the trip of a lifetime. Thank you all for the cheers and waves and sweet goodbye wishes, it will definitely help us on the more difficult days ahead.

Also a big thanks to Mike from Bilderdijk Wijnhuys, Jan van haringkar Schilder, our big friend Theo of Rijwielatelier ‘De Specialist‘, and Dave from Rapha for making our leaving party extra special.

ps: If you have any pics or videos of the departure can you please email them to us?

Picture by Jon Woodroof
Picture by Jon Woodroof

Day of departure: join us for a wave-off ride

The departure date is set: Saturday 30 April is the day team Oufti will hit the road. Please join us for a relaxed morning coffee from 10.00am at Rapha Cycle Club Amsterdam, Wolvenstraat 10 in Amsterdam. Coffee and cake are graciously provided by Rapha in support of our big trip.

April-30-Calendar_Blog_0426123We will leave at 11.00am to cycle to Tokyo and we would really really (really!) like it if you could join us for the first modest 45km leg of this trip, from Amsterdam to Utrecht. We will be going at a slow pace, being heavily packed and all, so this is a ride that is open to all kinds of cyclists, and not just the experienced racers.

We’re getting slightly nervous as we’re getting closer to the leaving date. The Big One is becoming more of a reality than an abstraction, and we are becoming acutely aware of what a huge project it is we have taken on. We love seeing as much of our friends and family as we possibly can before we leave, and a group ride to Utrecht would be a sweet start of this crazy leap into the unknown.


Departure ride meet-up
Departure ride meet-up