About Gradients, Floods and Ulrich Seidel

About Gradients, Floods and Ulrich Seidel

On Friday, we (Marie-Luise, Samuel and me) started from Landshut down the river Isar. Cycling down a river is rather nice. First of all it can be really beautiful, downhill (most of the time) and last but not least you always find your way. No more searching for the right directions because it is clear.

On this day, we made 130km from Landshut to Passau more or less on flat roads with one small exception. The Youth Hostel in Passau is located in the castle on top of the hill and the road leading to it has a 22% gradient. A real killer after a long day of cycling.

About the Warmth of People and Rain

About the Warmth of People and Rain

Another three days went by. Germany welcomed us with rather nasty weather. We had some really wet moments. I don't remember being that wet on a bike. But hey, I chose to cycle this early during the year.

There where good parts though. Being accompanied by a very close person really helped to keep up the motivation during these first days of harsh weather. Marie-Luise has a way to cheer up people around her that still astonishes me to this day. She just had the right ideas at the right moment and having her around is just plain fun. I know I want to do this journey by myself but having to go different paths in some days' time is going to be hard. Now we are sure that we have to go on a trip like this together one day. Panamericana maybe?

What a week! But now I'm finally on my way

What a week! But now I'm finally on my way

The last two to three weeks were really stressful. All the preparations just took much longer than I had expected. But the real bummer was that DHL "lost" my passport or rather they couldn't track it anymore. With all the visa in there it has quite a value, but that's not the point. It took so much time and effort to organize all these visa. I would have had no chance to get them all again in time. Luckily though, they could meanwhile trace the passport in Moscow...

Preparation

Preparation

Bad Weather for Cycling? Let's Call it Training!

In a little more than a month I'm going to embark on my cycling trip. There is still a lot of stuff to do. At the moment I'm still in the process of organising all the necessary visa for the trip (about 10), starting this web page and preparing my bicycle. During the same time I have to take an exam, move to a new flat and try to see all my friends before I leave.