Cycling trip 2020 & 2021
Our current cycling trip - Europe and more in 2020 & 2021
Originally we planned to cycle in 2020 from Germany to Thailand. Due to the Covid Crisis we had to turn around in Hungary in March 2020. After one year of waiting we are on the road again.
June 2021 - France : the Mediterrannée, the Pyrénées, the Atlantic & to Paris
We enter France in Menton on 22nd of May 2021. No control at the border regarding Covid-19 for bicycles. We cycle the Mediterranean Coast all the way to (a bit before) Perpignan. The Eurovelo 8 passes a bit more inland and is probably less busy. But we're happy to see friends on the coast and discover Marseille from the Col de la Gineste (amazing view on the city but the road is busy).
We're enjoying the Pyrénées, on small roads with no traffic, following the Veloroute V81 (not always signed but we foung a gpx track on internet so we know which roads to take). The highlight is when we do a detour in the high mountains and climb 4 passes with our fully loaded bikes : Port de Balès (1755m), Col de Peyresourde (1568m), Col d'Aspin (1493m) et Col du Tourmalet (2115m). There are very famous passes of the Tour de France and we were very proud to cycle them.
From Biarritz to La Rochelle we cycle along the Atlantic Coast (Eurovelo 1 / Velodyssée) a very good cycling path, completely off the road and never far from the ocean. The coast is quite wild (except in high season: July/August).
From La Rochelle we follow the Velofrancette. The first day to Niort is stunning throughs swamps and small channels, then the 2 days to join the Loire in Saumur are a bit boring and the route is constantly up and down.
La loire à vélo is a great cycling route following the river and through the villages. We leave it in Orléans to follow the Canal d'Orléans to Montargis, where we join the Scandibérique (Eurovélo 3) to Paris. Entering the capital from the South along the Seine is surprisingly pleasant and very safe. It's a great feeling for Tiphaine to cycle into her hometown (after cycling out of Paris by the Canal de l'Ourcq in June 2017).
View on the see and over Marseille (col de la Gineste)
Bivouac with flamingoes in Camargue
Cycling 2 days with Juri
Gorges de Galamus
On the Vélodyssée in les Landes
The mythic Col du Tourmalet
Port de Balès
4 days with Tiphaine's parents and brother
Mai 2021 - the Alps in Austria, the Dolomites in Italy and the Po river towards France
After the Bodensee, we enter Austria without any control - we are on a cycling path to cross the border and no one is there. We are excited about cycling in the Alps! We wait 2 days next to Feldkirch for a good window and we cycle the Arlbergpass (1800 meters), beautiful and rewarding, and the Reschenpass (1460 meters). This second one is a bit more challenging as we have strong headwind. The cycling route we're following (Via Claudia Augusta) goes through Switzerland and as we don't want to have another border crossing (always annoying with COVID rules), we stay on the Austrian side, where there are many tunnels to pass. Not too much traffic but a bit scary!
To enter Italy, the cycling path is closed at the border and so we pass in the middle of the police, but no one stops us. And so we are ready to cycle the beautiful Dolomites! The cycling routes that we follow (The Via Claudia Augusta, München/Venezia and Lunga Via Delle Dolomiti) are really good, and the landscape is amazing! There is still quite some snow but the road is free of it.
We cycle the islands around Venezia (Lido & Pallestrina) from Jesolo to Chioggia and are amazed by the Delta del Po.
From the Delta we then follow the Po towards the West to join France. It's the Eurovelo 8, not always signed but quite pleasant cycling. In Italy they call it the Via Francigena (mostly a hiking route). From Voghera we join the coast by some small but hilly roads, part of the Milano-Sanremo cycling race. We join the busy coast in Savona to go to France (only the 24km cycling lane from San Lorenzo al Mare to Ospedaletti will give us a break from the cars).
Lago di Landro
In the Italian vineyards
Cycling lane next to the Po
Birds in the Delta del Po
Visiting Venice without the bicycles
Island of Pallestrina
Nice bivouac along the Po
April 2021 - From Berlin to the Baltic Sea and down to Lake Constance
Beginning of April, we set off towards the Baltic Sea along the Berlin - Usedom cycling path. We had some great days and camped a lot on the way. Then winter came back, and together with the heavy winds of the Baltic sea, cycling got tough. Nevertheless, we had some good days along the Baltic Sea, and sunny days changed with snow and hail.
From the beautiful city of Bremen we crossed Germany from North to South along the river cycling paths Weser, Fulda, Main, Rhein and eventually through the Black Forest. We met many friendly people along the beautiful cycling paths and arrived eventually at Lake Constance.
Wildcamping along the Peene river
Reaching the Baltic Sea in Usedom
Winter comes back
The Weser river
Skyline of Frankfurt
Crossing Lake Constance on a ferry
Our great bicycles in Lake Constance
March 2021 - Next try... Cycling towards Berlin
Beginning of March, we start again in Germany, and we will see which countries will let us pass.
First we take the beautiful 5-Flüsse Cycling path to Nürnberg, then cross the Thüringer Wald, and take the Saale Radweg and Leipzig-Berlin towards the German capital. We met a lot of lovely people, saw great landscapes, and had cold temperatures.
Snowy Thüringer Forest
Castles along the Saale cycling path
Forests in Brandenburg
Brandenburger Gate in Berlin
Summer 2020 - Picking up the bicycles and cycling back from Hungary to Germany
10 days from Hungary to Germany via Austria. All our equipment was safely stored in Hungary, and we pass the Lake Balaton as well Neusiedler See. Great times!
Lavendel field around Lake Balaton
Camping in a vineyard
Nice cycling lanes
March 2020 from Germany to Hungary - then Covid starts...
21 days through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary along the Danube and the Tisza River. With the start of covid, we decide to go back to Germany and leave our equipment in Hungary. Cold cycling, stopped by a pandemic.
Break along the Danube
Donau-Auen National Park
Arrived in Bratislava
Happy days on the Tisza river