Sabbatical 2021 – Prologue – First stop Sweden

Sabbatical 2021 – Prologue – First stop Sweden
Our two bikes in front of the ferry center in Rostock.

When we started planning our Sabbatical more than two years ago, we imagined to start cycling southward and to spend our first weeks in France and Italy. But then the Corona pandemic hit and over a year there were ups and downs if travelling is possible or not. Also it was and is very uncertain when the pandemic will end.…

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Sabbatical 2021 – The equipment

Sabbatical 2021 – The equipment
Main parts of our kitchen equipment while bicycle travelling.

If you are on your bike and have to climb tough mountains you will be happy about every gramm less to carry with you. I think we all align on that 😉. Thus, one aspect in choosing what equipment to take with you is weight. The other one, of course is the packing size. Because everything should be more or…

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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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Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi

Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi
Tiny bird seen from the "bird watching spot" in the Nature center in the Shimanto area.

On our rest day before stage four we explored the Shimanto area. The first stop was the "Nature Center". The staff was really surprised when we entered the building. Maybe at this time of the year you don't see many people around here - especially not from Europe. But they were very friendly and offered us tea and cookies. The…

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Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto

Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto
Yusuhara river on our way toShimanto Autocamping Field Welcome.

Also the day before this stage we had a rest day. So we took it easy and cycled a few kilometer along the coast to Akehamacho Takayama. There we bought some food and drinks in the local store for the next stage. We took a little walk through the village and went to the beach right in front of our…

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Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama

Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama
View over Matsuyama city.

The day before this tour was a rest day. So of course we had to explore Matsuyama. So we left almost all our stuff on the mountain where we camped and took the bikes to go down to the city. On our way we had a delicious breakfast in a Yoshinoya. This is a typical japanese fast food restaurant. Afterwards…

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Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama

Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama
Ehime camping ground - our home base.

Before we started our tour we travelled along Japan. We rent our bicycles in Osaka and took them via train to Beppu, where we stayed a view days. Then we took the ferry from Beppu to Yawatahama to start our tour. Due to the late departure of the ferry, it was almost noon till we started from the port in…

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