Greetings from Ins in Switzerland!
Today was day 3 of my 1100km Mallorca to Munich adventure cycling trip. 600km into the ride, I have received questions how I do it…so I want to use this opportunity to answer them:
Do you have a planned route?
I have no route planned and dont use any navigation tool. I follow street signs and my compass. In doubt, I use google maps. However, I prefer navigating the road. Especially, on long routes, google maps does not always give the best way, especially navigating via google maps bicycling route.
How do you choose your stay for the night?
I choose spontaneously when I feel like it is time to stop. That also means there is no pressure to reach a destination. Especially during multi-day rides, if there is bad weather, too much wind or I feel fantastic and want to ride longer, I am able to adapt.
You dont take any shoes with you?
No. I dont really need them as I dont walk anywhere. If I do need them, I buy cheap flip flops for €2 which I most likely trash after usage.
And only one cycling kit?T
That’s right! I wash it every night.
How does your daily routine look like?
I wake up at around 7:00, have breakfast in the hotel, start my ride, have lunch either in a cafe or supermarket, keep riding until I feel like being done and then search for a hotel either through the tourism office, online or walking into a hotel. Then I take a shower while washing my cycling kit in the shower, charging all devices, then dinner, then feet up and finally go to bed.
What do you for food?
I eat oatmeal with fruits and green tea for breakfast. For lunch, I look for anything I can find and is relatively fast en route, like a bakery or supermarket. For dinner, I go to a restaurant and have meat, carbs and salad. During the ride, I dont eat that much and I only drink water.
You ride alone? Why?
Yes. But it is not that I choose to ride solo. I just create a plan and if someone can join me thats awesome. But if not, then I just ride alone. Riding solo or with someone are two completely different experiences. Riding solo is really more about self-discovery and full responsibility. Riding with someone is sharing the experiences and adds more entertainment.
I hope that gives a better picture of my adventure cycling trips. If there are any questions answered, feel free to comment below or or send an email.
Cycling is not just about riding a bike – it is about creating experiences, discovering new places and getting to know myself better while it teaches me life lessons in a nutshell.
The recent 580km Half Through Spain trip was exactly that – a tough multi-day bike ride instead of a convenient bus ride.
But life is not about reaching the final destination in the fastest possible way. It is about creating a journey that make me feel alive with everything that comes with it.
Enjoy the read on Cyclingtips:
One of the things I love about cycling is its community – you could talk to any cyclist and have something to talk about. This is especially the case for biketouring. I had the opportunity to biketour through a few countries and one challenge arises every time – keeping the costs down, especially in regards to accommodation. A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to www.warmshowers.org, a portal for touring cyclists who are looking for a place to stay – for free, anywhere in the world.
Now this sounds thrilling and sketchy at the same time.
How would I, especially as a young, female cyclist, know that the host is genuine?
Well, I don’t!
So I was hesitant of trying it out.
But a few years ago, when I failed to find a reasonably priced accommodation in Honolulu, Hawaii, I thought I will give it a go. And my experience was amazing. My host was great and introduced me to places and people (like going to a nudity beach!) I would have otherwise never met. My next warmshower experience happened in New Zealand and again, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and uniqueness of the experience I would have never had if I stayed in a hotel. Then Australia again and my last experience this June in Geneva, Switzerland is of special notice. My host told me he would pick me up from the airport. I told him that I will bring a bike and I hope it will fit into his car. He said not to worry. Last thing I expected was to be picked up by bike – a tandem with a trolley!
All of my hosts had a unique lifestyle and I feel fortunate to had a little peak into their lives. I have stayed in touch with some and I always know that they will be a bed for me at their home (and vice versa).
Having been always the recipient of the warmshower opportunities, I finally could give back as a host. A few days ago, I was contacted by a touring Italian cyclist who has been riding around Australia for the past two months. Besides getting the spark of seeking my next adventure again, Raffaele gave me new ideas where to travel and reignited the adventure spirit in me.
I would encourage every touring cyclists to give warmshowers a shot. Bring some great adventure stories, an open mind and a bottle of wine along and you will have a fantastic experience!