Category: Europe

We didn’t order this, did we?

Before the busy bicycle touring season starts we decide to take a few days off and ride through Spain. Weather forecast has been great for this region: sunny days, about 17 degrees near the coast and 10 in the mountains. Nights might be cold, but that’s ok. Hé, sounds great, doesn’t it? Little did we know… Leaving Alicante on secondary roads Maybe the flight should have warned us that things wouldn’t really go as planned! As we pass high above the Pyranees a storm is raging and we are tossed all over the place. Two people are completely panicking,...

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A winter cycling trip from Roosendaal to Tilburg

Day one Temperature today is about zero degrees Celsius as we leave for the train to Roosendaal and the short ride to Barendrecht station almost convinces me to turn around and enjoy the warmth of our house. Almost… Enjoying the morning sun in a cold Noord-Brabant forest About an hour later we leave Roosendaal train station and follow our GPS route out of the city. There are not a lot of recreational cyclists on the road and certainly none with camping gear! We soon find quiet farm roads and zigzag our way through this part of the Netherlands. We...

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Italy: a different cookie

If you’d ask us what makes bicycle touring so great, our answer would be: freedom. Since we live in an overcrowded country, which can be oppressive, we constantly search for remote areas while bicycle touring. To really experience that happy shiver down our spines as we feel totally free surrounded by vast landscapes. Not another soul in sight. Does Italy have the answer to our desire?

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Bicycle touring in Slovenia

“I’m sorry, but the City Night Line doesn’t stop in Utrecht Central Station tonight. You need to get to Arnhem quickly!”
“Say what?!?”

It sounded so much more convenient: an overnight train to Vienna, Austria and no hassle with packing our bicycles safely for a flight. But our short bicycle adventure near the Alps starts with quite some stress…

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Riding in the Achterhoek

“So, what’s in the Achterhoek?”
“I don’t know, I’ve never been there. Maybe we should check it out.”
“Sure, why not?”

A two hour drive later we find ourselves in Aalten, a village in the East of the Netherlands. We park the van and ride to a local farmers campsite, where we put up the tent and have ourselves a snack.

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