Bicycle Touring Professional reader Nihad Bubica and his pal Tvrtko Otanovic have been mountain bikers, however had by no means carried out a long-distance bicycle tour earlier than. After studying a duplicate of The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint: The Definitive Information To Lengthy-Distance Bicycle Touring, nonetheless, the 2 younger males determined to hit the street on an 11-day, 1,132 kilometer bike journey alongside the coast of Croatia from the border of Montenegro to town of Rimini, Italy. That is their story:
What was your largest worry when planning on your journey by bike? And the way precisely did you overcome that worry?
We’re mountain bikers and mountaineers and are bodily in good condition, so we had no worry about touring by bike. We knew we might make it. That stated, it was our first long-distance bike journey and we didn’t know precisely what sort of tools we would wish. That’s after we discovered your e book and video on-line and it helped us so much. Thanks by the way in which!
What was the factor you preferred most about your bicycle touring expertise?
We crossed 3 international locations and we did 103 kilometers per day with no day of relaxation. We proved our psychological and bodily sturdiness and may now begin engaged on larger long-distance initiatives.
The subsequent bike tour we plan to sort out will likely be an enormous problem. We wish to journey from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina to Tokyo, Japan. We are going to inform you of the main points a bit later.
What one factor did you be taught out of your bicycle tour?
I realized so much about myself. The bike tour was the primary time in my life the place I had no roof over my head for eleven days straight and I didn’t know the place I might sleep the following night time. Day by day after greater than 100 kilometers of driving we might be drained and needed to arrange our camp and prepare dinner dinner. It was not at all times straightforward throughout these moments, however they did make the expertise extra enjoyable.
I must also point out that I used to be not alone on the bike. My pal Tvrtko Otanovic was my wing-man. With out him it might be a a lot larger piece of labor. After a tough day and the occasional psychological breakdown it’s vital to have somebody who will push you again to degree. I’ve recognized Tvrtko for a very long time and we at all times do loopy stuff like this collectively. I feel that it’s vital to have somebody you may discuss with and share stuff with.
Lastly, I realized the best way to transfer previous my very own private boundaries and to deal with stuff that’s past my present degree of endurance. I pushed my bar greater each single day!
What piece of recommendation would you give to another person who’s considering of conducting their very own bicycle tour?
To people who find themselves considering of conducting their very own journey I’ve to present only one recommendation: It is advisable have motive for doing what you’re doing. Tough occasions throughout a motorcycle tour is assured. In moments of starvation, tiredness and ache that you must know why you’re doing it. If you understand why you’re doing it then you may deal with something! It’s all in regards to the struggle!