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?

In summer 2018 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.

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 did the bears and wolfs part (I started via Slovakia, so at least I was in the same district with them – does it count?). But otherwise I did not intend to overdo the bravery part. So I stayed conveniently within Europe.

But I hoped to see more forests, mountains and lakes than suburbs, highways and sprawling parking lots. That’s why I depart eastwards and northwards. On this web I wanted to share where I got on my way across Eastern Europe and what I saw there.

Plus in the Travel log there are a few other shorter trips in a saddle, e.g. to Italy.

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Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
17/08/2019
Last year I enjoyed a holiday in a bike saddle in somewhat remote places. So even if this year I had just two weaks off, I went to Kyrgyzstan, which again promised both remoteness and travel...
Nearby the Ohře river
Nearby the Ohře river
20/07/2019
During two July weekends I was attracted towards the Ohře river. First time I went by train to the industrial town of Lovosice and from there I trekked through the green Oparno valley, visit...
Třeboň
Třeboň
22/04/2019
During Easter, the forecast promised irresistibly beautiful weather. And it was true - no wind or tailwind, sunny, warm but not too hot, cloudless sky. Such weather had to be used for a bike...
Back home
Back home
21/08/2018
I crossed the border at the Czech-Saxon-Bavarian border tripoint, heading to nearby Aš. So, with a small detour, I linked the most eastern and western towns of the inter-war Czechoslovakia, ...
Germany again
Germany again
12/08/2018
I continued south via very relaxing cycling trails along the Oder meanders, most of the way in a pleasant shade, and turned away from the river just before Berlin. Berlin clearly demo...
Poland
Poland
06/08/2018
Along the coast, over the islands of Usedom and Wolin located between the sea in the north and the lagoons at the mouth of the Oder river in the south, I got to Świnoujście. Here they also h...