Sabbatical 2021 – The idea and a rough plan

Sabbatical 2021 – The idea and a rough plan
The rough plan for our Sabbatical 2021: Cycling through Europe.

Did you ever feel like rushing through your vacation as you have "only" 2 to 3 weeks of free time? We found ourselfs several times at this point and searched for an option to have more time and really do slow travelling. The idea of a sabbatical is coming more and more into companies. So, two years ago we heard…

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Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 4 – Neckargemünd to Hemsbach

Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 4 – Neckargemünd to Hemsbach
The castle of Heidelberg seen from the other side of the river Neckar.

After the nice and warm evening yesterday in Neckargemünd we did not expect such a cold night and morning. Thanks to our low temperature sleeping bag we did not freeze. But after we got up the icy air hit us into the face. You could see the mist above the river. But at least it was nice to observe and…

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Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 3 – Großheubach to Neckargemünd

Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 3 – Großheubach to Neckargemünd
Riverside of the Neckar in Neckarsteinach. Perfect autumn weather.

On our rest day we visited Franziskanerkloster Engelbert. 612 stages lead to the monastery above Großheubach. But when you finally arrive there you are rewarded with a beautiful view. In the chapel of the monastery was the crypt of nobles from the last 300 years. The chapel itself was very splendid. Also there was a nice a garden and a…

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Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 2 – Mainflingen to Großheubach

Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 2 – Mainflingen to Großheubach
A nice church and a small town.

Last night was the first test of our cold weather gear and it performed very well. We have been a bit skeptical but we did not freeze at all. So we could sleep quite long and had a relaxed breakfast including hot tea (thanks to our new gas cooker the water was hot in a few minutes). After a last…

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Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 1 – Hemsbach to Mainflingen

Autumn Tour 2020 Stage 1 – Hemsbach to Mainflingen
Alex left behind in the fog of autumnn in the Odenwald

It is getting colder outside and at the campsites are only a few people left – seems to be autumn! The best time to test our new gear including warm sleeping bag and mat. So, we took a few days off and planned a trip with four cycling days. One day in between should be for relaxing – anyhow it…

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Pfalz Tour 2020

Pfalz Tour 2020
Vineyards at the Pfalz.

Because we got our new tent, we desperately wanted to test it. So we decided to make an overnighter. Our goal was a camping place called Donnersberg near Gerbach. The first kilometers were very easy because it was almost flat till we got to Worms. After crossing the Rhine we got the first climbing sections, but it was not too…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 12 – Tuatapere to Invercargill

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 12 – Tuatapere to Invercargill
Southern Scenic road at the coast to Invercargill.

The night in Tuatapere was really stormy and in the morning we had to search some of the tent pegs in the grass. Luckily, the tarp was not blown away. The first kilometers in the direction of the southern coast went smoothly. It was again the Southern scenic road. But as we got closer to the ocean the wind got…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 11 – Manapouri to Tuatapere

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 11 –  Manapouri to Tuatapere
Officer chicken checking the bikes. Oops no vehicles permitted...

On our rest day in the small village Manapouri we got the chance to visit the alpacas from Kepler Mountain View Alpacas. We booked a tour to learn some interesting key facts about those whooly guys and could feed and pet them. Afterwards we visited the yard sale of alpaca products and bought warm socks to prepare for more cold…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 10 – Queenstown to Manapouri

On our relax day in Queenstown we did not rush around. After sleeping long and having a nice breakfast in the public kitchen of our accomodation we brought Alex bike to the guys of Bikeaholic. Luckily, they managed to do the repair during the day. So we could go on with our tour on time. For lunch (which surprise!) we…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 9 – Wanaka to Queenstown

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 9 – Wanaka to Queenstown
Our bikes at the top of Crown Range. Also they needed a break.

On our rest day in Wanaka we just relaxed at the beach, ate in another japanese restaurant and went to bed early. But during the night it got really stormy so that we had to leave the tent once in a while to fix the tarp again. In the morning it was cloudy and we already knew what would come…

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