Baerbel Bussenius & Johan de Vries On A Bicycle Touring Journey

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Inform me a bit about your bicycle tour. How lengthy have you ever been on the street and the place have you ever traveled to?

We left Empfingen, Germany precisely one yr in the past on September 5, 2012. We’re nonetheless on the street and are planning to be again dwelling within the spring of 2014.

We cycled by means of Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. In Istanbul we took a flight to Delhi, India as we didn’t wish to cycle within the winter. We stayed in Delhi for 3 months and cycled primarily by means of Rajastan. In early February we flew to Bangkok, Thailand and from there we cycled to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and proper now we’re in Malaysia. Our plan is to cycle to Singapore, then again to Malaysia, Indonesia and on 10 November we’ll fly to Melbourne, Australia. There we’ll cycle Tasmania and take one other flight to New Zealand the place we’ll keep 3 months earlier than we return dwelling.

What was your greatest worry when planning or making ready on your journey by bike? And the way precisely did you overcome that worry?

Earlier it was the thought of not getting a job anymore when again dwelling, however I overcame this worry simply as we each truly don’t wish to return to our earlier company jobs however as a substitute discovered our personal enterprise.

My greatest worry nonetheless is that one in all us or each could have an accident, run over by a automotive or one thing like that. A worry I’ve by no means overcome, I simply attempt on a regular basis not to consider it. This worry all the time comes again after we are biking traffic-heavy roads and I’m all the time very grateful within the night after we arrive at our vacation spot safely.

What’s the factor you want most about bicycle touring?

Being so near the character and folks. Biking is the easiest way to satisfy locals, to get to know their tradition. We’re sluggish sufficient to absorb all of our environment and quick sufficient to make some progress in the course of the day. We will cease wherever we wish and if we get invited by locals we’re in a position to settle for and alter our plans.

We’re additionally very proud of our touring bikes. We’ve hardly any issues and might cycle for hours with out getting any issues.

And naturally the mixture of sporting and sightseeing. We’re each very sportive and identical to the every day train mixed with continuously seeing and experiencing new issues.

What has been the factor you favored least about your bicycle touring experiences up to now?

That’s a straightforward one. We actually didn’t like biking in India as we had no privateness in any respect. As quickly as we stopped we wered surrounded by tons of and tons of pf individuals touching every little thing, together with us. This continued all over the place. And whereas that is enjoyable within the first week it turns into very arduous in time.

I don’t suppose we’ll ever return to India, a minimum of not for biking.


Identify three stuff you discovered out of your bicycle tour:

Biking within the rain isn’t enjoyable, nowhere.

You will get used to every little thing, additionally the truth that you don’t need to be on-line every single day.

There’s a lot extra on life than incomes some huge cash, checking emails each minute of the day, procuring, and so forth. We’ve discovered to stay on our journey and benefit from the primary dwelling, being with locals and sharing no matter we’ve got.

Do you suppose you’ll conduct extra bicycle excursions sooner or later? If that’s the case, the place do you wish to go? And why do you wish to go there?

Sure, for certain. We’re already excited about our subsequent tour and wish to cycle the pan-Americas. China and Mongolia and Central Asia are nations we wish to see as properly.

We wish to go there due to the fascinating landscapes and the individuals you may meet there.

What one piece of recommendation would you give to somebody who’s planning their first bicycle touring journey?

Don’t over-plan your route, keep versatile, and don’t get careworn in case you are unable to succeed in a metropolis or vacation spot as deliberate. There’s all the time one thing good about these detours and you’ll meet nice individuals alongside the way in which.


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