Mittlerweile befinde ich mich seit über einem Jahr auf Fahrrad-Weltreise. Während der ersten 12 Monate dieser Reise gab es einige Fragen, die mir immer wieder gestellt wurden. In diesem Q&A-Video beantworte ich die 15 häufigsten Fragen.
Meanwhile I'm traveling the world on a bicylce for more than one year. There are several questions which I was asked regularly during the first 12 months of this journey. In this Q&A video I'm answering the top 15 questions.
English translations and subtitles are coming soon. So stay tuned!
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Because so many people asked, I finally created a detailed kit list of my current cycling the world journey. But since I started with equipment that I already had due to other shorter bicycle and also backpacking trips, don't expect some fancy stuff here. It's basically a collection of things that I gathered over the years.
In my opinion it's more important to get a journey started instead of trying to be prepared for every possible situation. I think that's almost impossible anyways unless you want to carry tons off stuff around or you're some sort of a survival champion. Finding the right gear for such a trip is a learning process and everyone has different preferences anyways.
I simply figured out along the way what works for me and what not. I just got rid of those things that didn't work for me. If I identified that there was something missing in my equipment then I simply bought it along the way - usually a no name product. For those no name products I tried to find comparable ones online to give you a better picture.
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The last couple of days I have been thinking a lot about what equipment I should take on Expedition1000GER. It is quite difficult to think through all the possible scenarios that could happen throughout this challenge. There are so many uncertainties, such as where am I going to go sleep every night or how is the weather going to be.
Since I planned to keep my travel budget on a minimum I definitely have to bring a tent, a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag. A tent is already quite heavy but at the same time it makes you way more independent because you never have to worry about to find a place to sleep at the end of the day. If you can't find a campsite alongside your route you can just camp somewhere hidden in the wilderness aside the trails.
I find packing the right clothes for a bike trip is way more difficult than to decide to bring a tent or not. So you start asking yourself: How is the weather going to be throughout the whole trip? Right now it is summer so you should think you only have to bring another pair of shorts and a t-shirt besides the one you are already wearing. Maybe it is also a good idea to even bring a pair of sweatpants and a sweater if it is going to get chilly during the night!? However, if the weather is going to be like the current Flensburg summer then I definitely have to bring a rain jacket and rain pants.
I also want to document this trip. I want to film, photograph and blog. That means I have bring some electronic devices such as camera and notebook as well as extra batteries and chargers.
Damn…it seems like there are so many things that I have to bring on that trip. Oh well…nobody said it’s going to be easy.
So I started to ask myself: What is it that I most likely cannot live without on this trip and that is necessary to document it properly? The result is this kit list:
All of that equipment is packed in 4 Ortlieb panniers (2 of them kindly provided by my friend Kevin), Ortlieb handlebar bag and two pack sacks.
I think that is not much stuff but I still feel like I over packed. I am sure I could live two weeks without all these electronic devices but how else should I document Expedition1000GER? What is it that you cannot live with on a trip?
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First of all, if you are expecting to find some kind of work out plan on how to prepare for a 1.000km bike ride on here, then, I must disappoint you because I don’t even have a clue how to prepare for such a trip.
Well, now you could say: How about cycling every day and then every day a little bit more?
In that case, I guess that is the work out plan you probably were looking for. You’re welcome!
However, I am going to do Expedition1000GER without any significant physical preparation as I do for most of my challenges. There are reasons why I do it that way.
The first reason is that I want to learn about my physical and mental boundaries. I want to figure out what my body and mind are capable of handling. I know that if I want to accomplish this challenge within two weeks, I have to cycle a little bit more than 70km per day. That sounds pretty doable to me although I know through my previous cycling trip experiences that 70km can be quite far if your bike is packed with camping and survival equipment and you have to push all this extra weight for several hours every day. Especially pushing it uphill can be a pain in the a**. Thus, I already know that I must go on my current physical boundaries every day to accomplish this challenge. Now I am wondering if even my mind can handle that. Thinking about cycling 1.000km and going through that pain scares me but most importantly I am excited. Right now, my mind is set up for this challenge and I feel ready to go.
The other reason why I don’t do any extra training for this trip is that it is also supposed to be a journey. It is not a race. According to the saying: The journey is the reward.
During my cycling trip across Denmark last year, I met an elderly lady from Sweden on the island Ærø. At that point, I cycled about 250km within three days and was already quite exhausted. She was probably in her late sixties. I told her about my pain and also mentioned that I feel like the slowest cyclist on this planet. After I was done telling her about my little aches and pains she told me that she is cycling every summer for three months all over northern Europe but mainly in Scandinavia since she got retired. She is doing that without any training beforehand. I felt like a complete fool for acting like a baby. However, she gave me a different perspective on traveling by bicycle, saying: First of all, I am the slowest cyclist on this planet. Secondly, you will forget about the pain as soon as you made it on the top of a hill or a mountain and go downhill without pedaling for a while. It is such a rewarding feeling and it is worth all the pain. There was no reason to contradict her. I mean, how could I contradict a lady of her age. She is absolutely right. These are definitely some of the best moments on a cycling trip and definitely make you feel alive.
However, all of that does not mean that I am a couch potato and that I never work out. Currently I am working a regular 40 work-hours job and spend most of that time in the office in front of a computer screen. Due to that, I am trying to work out as often as possible just to stay in shape and not to become fat. These workouts are usually one hour runs alongside the Flensburg Fjord, more or less regular workouts at the gym or occasional football sessions with friends or coworkers. On average about three to five workouts per week. I even try to go to work by bike as often as possible just to get some extra exercise. But to be honest, most of the time that doesn’t work out very well.
Having said that, I am convinced that I can accomplish this challenge if I concentrate all my energy and stay positive throughout the whole trip. I am sure if an almost 70 years old lady can cycle every year for three months I can accomplish Expedition1000GER.
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