Thursday, December 30, 2010

And thank you for an amazing year 2010

2010 was a year to forget due to financial issue for sure, mine as well. these trips were done with extremely low budget but incredibly high in survival (just go give more emphasis to the story, actually well managed it can be very simple), and of course the lost count of friends made all over the way.

So this only proofs that there are great people all over the world and if you are discrete and simple, people will love You! So, try to turn off the TV and the news, bring music that you like and be surprise about the wonders you will find on your way!

And as promised here are the videos done in Switzerland...

... and with snow in Austria:

So my wishes for 2011 is a year full of great surprises, health, happiness and all your dreams come true.

Merry Merry!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And here are the final statistics of this Oktoberradfest

                                                          Done    Time  Mov.Tm Max Spd   Avg  Total Total Bike
                                                           KM    HH:MM HH:MM   KM/H    KM/H   KM      KM
Dusseldorf (DE) - St Goarhausen (DE)   208,31   11:40     09:55    52,0    21,0   208,31  15539,4
Mainz (DE) - Strasbourg (FR)                 202,94   10:51     09:23    49,0    21,6   411,25  15742,3
Strasbourg (FR) - Basel (CH)                 136,61   08:57    07:06     28,0    19,3   547,86  15878,9
Delemont (CH) - Zurich (CH)                 130,94    09:24    07:13     54,0    18,2   678,80  16010,2
Zurich (CH) - Feldkirch (AT)                  140,12    09:36    07:59     58,0    17,5   818,92  16150,4
Feldkirch (AT) - Innsbruck (AT)              174,97    12:11    09:15     61,0   18,9   993,89  16325,3
Innsbruck (AT) - Munich (DE)                 157,47    10:36    08:40     48,0   18,2  1151,36  16482,8
Munich (DE) - Regensburg (DE)              143,49    07:09    06:58     47,0   20,6  1294,85  16626,3
Regensburg (DE) - Pilsen (CZ)               161,66    08:28     07:21    65,0   22,0  1456,51  16788,0
Pilsen (CZ) - Prague (CZ)                      112,17     06:15    05:55    51,0   18,9  1568,68  16900,2
Prague (CZ) - Dresden (DE)                  159,85     09:54    08:15    53,0   19,4  1728,53   17060,0
Dresden (DE) - Cottbus (DE)                  108,84    05:04    04:52    42,0   22,4  1837,37  17168,9
Cottbus (DE) - Berlin (DE)                      145,96    07:45    07:04     30,0  20,7  1983,33  17314,9
Berlin City (DE)                                       96,72    XX:XX    05:06    XX,X 19,0   2080,05  17411,6

Total/Average                                        2080,05   117:50 105:02   XXXX    XXXX
Maximum                                               208,31     12:11   09:55     65,0   22,4

And for the route, if You zoom out You will be able to see half of the Homer Simpson! It was just casual, but if You want to complete just go to Hamburg, Bremen, Enschede (NL) and Dusseldorf!

So, once again thank You for the great company. Specially my couchsurfing hosts, some of them are my great friends, also met some people who finally met after many year of chatting. To my facebook friends and "fans" for the motivation messages, also to facebook/vodafone for allowing to send free sms every time someone comments/sends me a message/add as friend. Now I just found out that I only pay 5 eurocent even in Roaming in the European Union. Even better! It was really really wonderful as You could all testify. So if You plan to do something similar, You can access all the photo archive by click on one photo, the photos while on pedal are GPS tagged (excluding the Euro-Russian trip as I had no internal GPS recorder). Just click on one photo, you will be redirected to the OVI page and on top You can browse the directories, same applies for google maps roads, and the statistics give you one idea in how far you can pedal in one day, already with obstacles included.
I made some videos of the trip but my tiny Asus EEE701 is quite small for video editing, but as soon I am able to edit on a PC with more space I'll link it over here.
So.. that's it! For future long distance trips only with full sponsorship or earning large amounts of funds in a short time, everyone tells me that I should go to China (I will one day for sure, there's time, no rush). I don't like to make big predictions for the future, as long I can breathe and have an healthy life, fine by me. Once again thanks for the wonderful company! Love You all!

Friday, October 29, 2010

2010-10-28 Cottbus (DE) - Berlin (DE), Die Ankuft

And for the last part of this tour (ended here due to new job functions, so not getting too much tired before another new first day at work), weather speaking, had mostly opposite wind, no rain, started to be clear while getting closer to Berlin on which arrived on sunset times.
This trip was also passed by swamp area and rivers, on which according to my host in Cottbus (thanks for the night in the art cafe), there is a city on which some houses are only reachable by boat (if I'm not mistaken it is located in Lübbenau), and a bit after that I got into a trail road full of Autumn leafs, yup, the Winter is arriving!
Despite this trip had more 15km than what was planned (was always like that), it really felt so great cycling in the middle of the forest and see some sun says sneaking between the trees. No rush, just enjoy and breathe!

Enjoy and breathe...

Still need to pedal a little more....

And just did it!

The last path: 2010-10-28 Cottbus (DE) - Berlin (DE)

145,96 km in 07h45m Moving time: 07h04m Max speed: 30,0 km/h Average: 20,7km/h Radfest total: 1983,33 km Bike total: 17314,9 km

And the sound of the arrival (I still love You people!): Crystal Castles - Not In Love (ft. Robert Smith)

Soon all the statistics and the combined route.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2010-10-27 Dresden (DE) - Cottbus (DE)

In short words, very simple, easy, mostly flat, lovely Autumn leafs, only done on the B97 on in half of the trip has no shoulders or bike lanes, but still very doable. Also this time the wind was a great friend of mine. Which made me have plenty of time to hangout with my host who brought me to an art gallery/bar.
And tomorrow... Berlin!

Love the Polish name of Mr Albert Einstein!

The route: 2010-10-27 Dresden (DE) - Cottbus (DE)

108,84km in 05h04m Moving time: 04h52m Max Speed: 42,0km/h Average: 22,4 km/h Radfest total: 1837,37 km Bike total: 17168,9 km

And the song: The c90s – Shine a Light

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010-10-26 Praha (CZ) - Dresden (DE)

After explore and rest in the city of Prague on which I was invited many times and had no chance so far. I saw that the city is really more into tourists, however there are other places not so touristic that's worth to see or try. Just ask locals for that!
About the biking day, started with a nice sunny day, then after leaving Prague had only opposite wind until I arrive to the Elbe/Elmo river with landscapes very similar to the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz, but in Czech version, when the sunset began, the wind was neutral, but had to climb mountains until near the German border. The last 30km were very easy to do and allowed to regain some time, however when inside Dresden, my GPS was guiding me in not so correct directions (was audio guided). The temperature was very near the Zero degrees. So not convenient to pedal without gloves. But at lest I had reached to my destination: Dresden

The Photos are still in Czech Republic and not in the Rhine! But very very similar! Even the train lines! There are in both sides as well

Route: 2010-10-26 Prague (CZ) - Dresden (DE)

159,85 km in 09h54m Moving time:08h15m Max Speed: 53,0 km/h Average: 19,4 km/h Radfest Total: 1728,53 km Bike Total: 17060,0 km

And to enjoy, a nice funny parody! Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand

Sunday, October 24, 2010

2010-10-23 Plsen (CZ) - Praha (CZ)

As this trip was the shortest one, I decided to have GPS all the time on. Despite it has the option to avoid non asphalt roads, it brought me to some 5km in the real wild. actually I loved it! Saw a group of deers crossing by, brown leafs and some rays of sun between trees.
Arriving to Prague was interesting how the GPS was taking me into a 360 degrees tour. For that choose a road on my own (I was only being audio guided). The important is that arrived safe to Prague. Now time for a little city tour.
I saw deers...

An old house...

A sign...

All you can eat sour apples from the tree! (Loved it)...

My path: 2010-10-23 Pilsen (CZ) - Prague (CZ)

112,17 km in 06h15m Moving Time: 05h55m Max Speed: 51,0 km/h Average: 18,9 km/h Radfest Total: 1568,68 km Bike Total: 16900,2 km

And for Groove: Maximum Balloon - Groove Me (ft. Theophilus London)

2010-10-22 Regensburg (DE) - Plzeň (CZ)

After being hosted by a great friend of mine who I hadn't seen in almost 2 years on the couchsurfing meeting and also we had been chatting almost all morning on, the departure was quite late.
Talking about the trip, the hills had just started, low way ups, quick way down, but the weather was very helpful! Clear sky, a bit cold but once moving on, you forget what cold is :)
About roads, was better to have GPS on on some places as it was not allowed to pedal on the B16 and B85 to Cham. On the Czech side started going up for a while. Plenty of casinos and then nice calm area and enjoy the sunset and full moon. Was a good help as the light of my bike failed. I had bought some LED and will adapt it to the bike. Let's see how long it lasts.
And so, this was my first time in Czech Republic:

Route: 2010-10-22 Regensburg (DE) - Pilsen (CZ)

161,66 km in 08h28m Moving Time: 07h21m Max Speed: 65,0 km/h Average: 22,0 km Radfest Total: 1456,51 km Bike Total: 16788,0 km

And for listen: Detachments – Holiday Romance

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010-10-21 Munich (DE) - Regensburg (DE)

After 2 days of rest sightseeing and hanging out with some friends I have there, had to continue the journey. This one a short one on which departed a bit after lunch time and the weather friendly, cold but once start to pedal, the body temperature and the windproof jacket make things warm.
Just had a little farming area as I was going on the wrong way and as I don't turn back if there is a road available, just got delayed like half hour. Got to be more accurate with the main points for changing direction.
Had a nice sunset, together with a full moon. Was a nice arrival to Regensburg. However a note on which part of the road B16 is not allowed for bikes and when starts to be allowed and biking there, don't forget to pay attention to the heavy traffic. There were no bike roads beside and the shoulders are very narrow. So pay attention to that.

I really do love sunsets!

Route: 2010-10-21 Munich (DE) - Regensburg (DE)
And the stats: 161,66 km in 08h28m Moving Time: 07h21m Max Speed: 65,0 km/h Average: 22,0 km/h Radfest Total: 1456,51 km Bike Total: 16788,0 km

And the sound: Aeroplane – Caramellas

2010-10-18 Innsbruck (AT) - Munich (DE)

And so, the last day of biking in the Alps. Got an early start, cloudy all day and chilly, and still always wonderful! Climbing from Jenbach to Achensee was quite a big challenge, but was only 3km uphill, and from thee only peace and tranquility in the lake on which was able to ride calmly for 14km.
Then on the arrival to Munich, I was following all the directions to Munich, till I found a forest and non asphalt road, when turned on the GPS, it seems that was making a circle. So, just more 30 minutes of delay.

And this is a simple and cheap way to make the bike waterpfoof, no need to purchase expensive cases.

More reasons to love Tirol!

And this was the route of the day: 2010-10-18 Innsbruck (AT) - Munich (DE)

157,47 km in 10h36m, Moving Time: 08h40m Max Speed: 48,0 km/h Average: 18,2 km
Radfest Total: 1151,36 km, Bike Total: 16482,8 km

Had listened this song in the Canadian mountains but marked more when leaving Innsbruck on the foggy morning and snow on the top of the mountains! Priceless and unique: James Yuill - Taller Song

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2010-10-16 Feldkirch (AT) - Innsbruck (AT)

Now this was the day I soo wanted to remake! First of all since my first visit to Austria in Innsbruck and Bludenz where I have good friends there which we met almost 10 years ago. Then for one new year eve spent in the Tyrolean mountains, one interrail made in 2004 on which I made a self promise to visit Austria next year on bike (promise fulfilled), but the extra that in the Summer 2005 damaging floods happened there right on the day of my arrival to Zürich. So in 2005 there were damaged roads, railway line, and some closed tunnels. However You can see the edition of 2005 from Zurich to Vienna HERE.
Now in 2010, started with light rain.

Passed by Bludenz, the Milka chocolate factory was closed (the only negative part of the day, another note is that if You arrive pr pass by train just open the door and let Yourself be inspired by the pure pleasure of breathing chocolate, the factory is just in front of the train station)

Then from Langen am Arlberg started to snow (YAY!!!) even so I found a way to put my Canon 1000d rainproof for be able to take photos of the outstanding and foggy mountains.

Even if it was cold I was just wearing 2 t-shirts, one long sleeve shirt and the rain/windproof jacket, no need to use gloves while riding up even at 1,3ºC! (Photo taken in the Arlbergpass)

From Arlbergpass was down down down and just didn't cycled faster because mainly for the snow into the eyes (like sand), and second to admire the view! from Sant Anton was just cloudy day.

If You are afraid of highs don't look down!

This is also a good way to create bike roads without wasting millions as well: Using the farming roads (don't forget to give priority to any motor vehicle)

Or could be used on some emergency roads beside the railway.

This was a day with the lowest average, because this day was really to enjoy the most, it's impossible to not like the mountains, even if You have to go up.
Don't forget that what's goes up, must go down!

174,97 km in 12h11m Moving Time: 09h15m Max Speed: 61,0 km/h (I was faster riding down inside the Albergpass tunnel, but was not recorded on the GPS) Average: 18,9 km/h Radfest Total: 993,89 km Bike Total: 16325,3 km
Route: 2010-10-17 Feldkirch (AT) - Innsbruck (AT)

And this song was all day in my head: Groove Armada - Paper Romance

And a note... It really looks like that there nothing happened, like the floods never happened! Great job! Also that if it wasn't my other night arrival I would continue the trip between Landeck and Innsbruck on the bike roads. However any road in Austria (Except freeways and S roads) is cyclable.

(And I will upload the photo with the records of the altitude, for better view of this path)

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010-10-15 Zurich (CH) - Feldkirch (AT)

Now this is one of the reasons why I love mountains, trains, green, and chocolate!
(This little extra is located in the Zurich main train station. On the meeting point You can make some 3D drawings, very few people know about this)

Right a few kilometers after Zurich on the road 3, started to smell chocolate, once got closer to a big building the "perfume" was stronger, and then it was nothing more, nothing less but the Lindt chocolate factory. I got hypnotized and bought some for the trip and share with my hosts and friends.

As You can see, chocolate is a great source of energy:

A bit after passing Lindt chocolate factory picked up some nuts from a tree located on the right side of the road.
Cycling around lake Zurich was ok, big traffic but very cyclable, then when reaching Naefels, the road started to climb the mountain from altitude around 500 meters until the near 900 meters according to the GPS, even with some foggy weather the view was still outstanding! I just simply stopped and enjoyed all the possible views! (I was biking with the Canon 1000d all the time, on this day made more than 100 photos, so the best is click on any of these photos and then just browse in the Facebook)

Mülehorn and lake Walen (Walensee):

Then arriving to Sargans, followed by the bike signs and actually was a good road, and passing Liechtenstein in the night.

But at least passed by the capital, Vaduz. Even at night it is possible to see many lights up in the mountains. Arriving to Feldkirch and crossing the border, there were still some border control who just randomly asked for passports, didn't happened to me. Go ahead, moving on.

Route: 2010-10-15 Zurich (CH) - Feldkirch (AT)

140,12 km in 09h36m Moving time:07h59m Max Speed: 58,0 km/h Average: 17,5 km/h Radfest Total: 818,92 km Bike Total: 16150,4 km

This is also good to listen in the mountains: Kisses - Kisses

2010-10-14 Delémont (CH) - Zürich (CH)

What a wonderful day! Mountains, the fresh breeze, the meadow, the fresh cut grass, really adorable!

Even more pleasure from here! I made a short video here, but is better to compile with other ones I made

Is never too much to repeat sentences like this:

This time this place was not GPS guided, just followed some signs, despite is not the best for touring, it deserves a passage!

So adorable that my arrival to Zürich was quite late, but hey, that's Switzerland! The mountains, the chocolate, the cheese, the clocks, the cows, and of course their punctuality!(And no, I did not used the train)

But also there are parts of the trip with very flat roads even having plenty of mountains beside, so it is very easy to cycle in Switzerland.

Better geographic explanation than this only on the route recorded on GPS: 2010-10-14 Delémont (CH) - Zürich (CH)

130,94 km in 09h24m Moving time: 07h13m Max Speed: 54,0km/h Average: 18,2 km/h Radfest Total: 678,80 km Bike Total: 16010,2 km

And to listen: Shit Robot - Tuff Enuff

2010-10-13 Strasbourg (FR) - Basel (CH)

This day was a very very flat day, despite hadn't seen much of the Rhine river, but You can also see the big corn meadows, the farming area, some industrial parts when being closer to Basel, and even the road seems flat you are actually going way uphill! So a very calm day, no rush, just breathe and enjoy the music on a nice light foggy day: The Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads - Hard To Cry

And as You can see there is no need to waste millions on roads just for bikes. Just a little wide shoulder is enough! And actually I prefer the green routes in stead of the red ones:

And entering Switzerland (Basel):

Route: 2010-10-13 Strasbourg (FR) - Basel (CH)

And stats: 136,61km in 08h57m Moving time:07h06m Max Speed: 28,0 km/h Average: 19,3 km/h Radfest total: 547,86 km Bike Total: 15878,9 km

I was hosted in Delémont so for that and as it was getting dark, I got a train (no need to mention that Switzerland is very bike friendly, despite the train fare was a bit pricey).