off to the netherlands first week or so

I cycled from Trento, Italy to Staufen im Breisgau Germany (except the highest pass which i hitched a ride on a truck and a train) mostly along bike paths. first the Path from Trento to Bolzano, then further up past Meran, the trail continued until the swiss border.
Once i came through the tunnel on the Davos side, I mostly followed the #2 basel rhine route, bicycle path basically all through swiss past lake Konstanze. In germany, this becomes the eurovelo 15 route, which i mostly followed until taking the turn to come visit old friends here in Black Forest.
The path have been quite variable so far, as the photos show some.

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on the fourth day, the highest pass over 2100m, was too much. so i hitched a ride on a truck!
nice driver took me up onto the train and thru to near Davos, where i caught up with the Rhine bike route

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sometimes i stay in campgrounds (and get a nice long long hot shower!) sometimes i ask a farmer if i can sleep on the meadow or out in their orchard, sometimes i dissappear into the night stealth camping. all these ways are nice, and it’s so good to be out in the tent, on the ground, unzip in the morning and fresh!


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remember i have a flask of mezcal!

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along the way i am eating well! shopping in supermarkets and farmer stores in the little towns along the way, i’ve cooked each night. i’ll boil some potatoes or lentils and stirfry veggies, add some beans, or make a coconut curry. i grabbed a bunch of spices along the way, and a can of olive oil another cycle traveller gave us. in the morning fresh coffee. When i was running out of gas i tested out the new wood stove and bushcrafted myself a dinner! it was certainly more work than the gas stove, but i’m first testing the thing is it viable to travel with that. i had fun and smelled like campfire afterwards =)

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the last few kilometers i was following a google track for cycle, which took me all around and about the dirt roads and farmer paths. yes it was all cyclable, and it was the most direct way…butthe google path was kind f inhumane and took me out in the mud, instead off finding me a nice smooth bike lane…

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finally arrived at my old friends’ place in a little village Germany, where i lived 20 years ago. they were playing pingpong

Off to the Netherlands! Day 1

I’m off to the netherlands!
My plan is to ride to maastricht, crossing the alps near davos then ride the eurovelo 15 cyclepath around to germany. I’ll stop in a place i used to live in the black forest,,then continue on through france and belgium.
Day 1 feeling strong, the bike is perfect, not so slow 73km
Camp for the night, i finally got going!
We’ll see how far i get.
there’s fresh snow up around here and even if i take the trAin tunnel (the pass is closed at a place called Lavin which in german kinda sounds like ‘avalanch’) i still have several thousand meters climbing to get up there.
Clumbing starts fay after tomorrow, i expect 5 days to lake constance.

If the imagss are upside down click then i think you can see them right. Dunno what happened with the upside down photos!

training ride, tent test, minus 8℃ or so

cold training ride with a couple of new converts to overnight freeze-your-ass mountain bike rides!
hilleberg tent works a charm!
best way to spend a weekend =)

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alu 39 to stainless 36 because i tend to lose teeth now and then

early holliday gift from my lady!

gearing down to 36t stainless from 39t aluminium (22t granny gear!)
39/22 is nice for trail riding, but last time in iceland i felt like the big chainring didnt get used so much, with the heavier bike and a lot of up and down

Iceland day 17

24 hours on Pluto. from coming over the summit, climbing from Akureyri into the clouds, what a surprise. i had read that around the hotsprings of Laugafell it’s green meadows, but what greeted me was a landscape of rocks and gravel, ground fine by the wind.

the first night i rode a lot further than i wanted, looking for a place to camp out of the wind. there was little shelter to find, everything having been ground down to these dunes. it’s a desert, and in a fog, there are only two directions, up and down. fortunately only one road so no way to get lost.

9km the next day, i made it to the hotsprings at Laugafell. there i had a long talk with the warden, we called the rangers at the next park over and they called some other rangers, called back. finally we figured out, one way is still possible, to get to Askja volcanoe and the new lava flows…it’s a dotted line on the map, and a thinner dashed line on my gps device. these tracks dont have numbers, they have names.

after a soak in the springs (not really hot enough, but nice) i cooked up a big mashed mass of rehydrated camp food yumm, and drank a buncha coffee…and then off. i think i left at 4 and ‘just wanted to knock off some km from the total…’ and eventually got a second wind, or a second set of legs, and pounded out 45km through the evening.

it was a good ride, coming off the high of 940m, down to about 600 or so..more rocks, gravel, big stones, then i got on the Sprengisandur route. that is, the most part, a highway. problem with having such a badass bike, it makes me search for more of a challenge. i camped at the second river ford, where it was indeed a bit more green, thankful after so much Plutoscape.

tomorrow i cross the bridge, and head off into the lava fields. an Israely couple camping here said that the rangers told them my chosen road wasnt passable..but then again, they are driving a mini family car, and i got, well, the badass bike.

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lava tube caves!!

just the other day, i was riding along a glacier in iceland, and came upon these lava tube caves!
helmet: check!
headlamp: check!
let’s go have a look…
inside there was this weird black carbon flowstone, and the rock was bubbly and fluid, but hard of course…such a strange place, under the earth.
i felt at home, down there under the earth.

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