Na kole.
Na kole.
Na bicykli. На велосипеді. Na rowerze. На велосипеде. Pe bicicletă. On a bike.
Se stanem.
Se stanem.
So stanom. З наметом. Z namiotem. С палаткой. Cu un cort. With a tent.
Vpřed.
Vpřed.
Vpred. Вперед. Naprzód. Вперед. Înainte. Forward.

Introduction

Why?

What would it feel like, to leave everything and simply depart on a journey? There are so many interesting places, so why not have some break to see more than just still the same computer screen?

At one moment I realised I have run out of excuses not to leave home for longer than a week. And then I waited just for the spring sunshine to set off.

Here I want to share where I got to and what I saw there. So keep your fingers crossed so that I do not lose the optimism after the first few kilometres.

How?

In a saddle (of a bike). The bike is slow enough to experience the surrounding. And fast enough to get some place interesting. Moreover, if you pack in a tent, you set off whenever you want, stop whenever and wherever you want, free from any tight schedules… That kind of travelling where the journey is the goal, rather than hurrying from A to B. Also the funds for the journey might last longer if not sleeping in a five-star hotel every night.

Where?

Every true, brave adventurer shall boldly aim into the wilderness, to the frontiers of civilisation where only bears and wolf packs will be his companions. I guess I will do the bears and wolfs part (I start via Slovakia, so at least I will be in the same district with them – does it count?). But otherwise I do not intend to overdo the bravery part. So let us stay conveniently within Europe.

But I hope to see more forests, mountains and lakes than suburbs, highways and sprawling parking lots. That’s why I depart eastwards.

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