China photos part I

The photos of the first part of our China trip are now online, you can find them here. Pictures from the Kyrgyzstan to China border crossing, cycling into Kashgar with our friends and then the train trip via Turpan and Xi’an, on to our extended stay in Chengdu. Enjoy!

Pushbike panda
Pushbike panda

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.

Etappes

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