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“Chronische Fahrrad Krankheit”

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Heinz Stücke is a legendary world cyclist . We discovered him some years ago on the internet through a picture that makes us think about him every time we cycle along a bathtub in a field, especially when it’s hot.

Heinz Stücke in bath tub

It happens that Heinz recently got back home in Germany in his hometown Höfelhof. After a cycle adventure of 648.000 km in 40 years.

Our latest Warm Showers guest Chris’tian from Thüringen (D) met Heinz during one of his public talks and afterwards even visited Heinz at his place in Höfelhof. Chris’tian is very much impressed about the simplicity of the man and his humor and young spirit at the age of 75 now. Heinz is his hero.

When Chris’tian arrived at our place, we started talking bicycle stories like we could go on for ever. It felt just right to talk with somebody with the same” addiction”.  We didn’t know than that Chris’ had met Heinz.

When Chris was getting pretty sure about the fact that we were just as crazy about cycle adventures as he is, he said:

” I have the perfect gift for you guys !!! “

Than , he pulled out of one of his bicycle bags, a little booklet, signed by Heinz Stücke and gave it to us.

This was indeed perfect!!!

This was indeed perfect!!!

Chris stayed two night at our place and every now and than we mentioned Heinz in our never ending cycle talks.

I got more and more interested in the man’s story, and came along this video .

The last words in that video , definately discribe perfectly our condition: 

“chronische fahrrad krankheit”

Chris'tian

Chris’tian

Thanks Chris’tian  for  “infecting”  us a little bit more with the “chronic cycle disease” 

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you can visit Chris’ website:  http://highfiving.jimdo.com/

or buy one of his amazing photographs:  http://christianmalsch.jimdo.com/

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After 5 years, finaly the picture story about our cycle adventure in BC

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This is the first picture story I made with a not free program (Wondershare Slideshow Builder)

Hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy re-living yhis trip of ours.

Natural born travelers Anna and Kris from Poland.

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When I got a request from Anna and Kris on the Warmshowers website , I didn’t hesitate one minute to accept.

Meeting for the first time travellers that are accualy on the road for almost two year, is a wonderfull opportunity.

Anna and Kris were both born in Poland, as the “first free generation” as they call it. They met at a very young age: she was 15 and he 18, when they traveled for the first time together by bicycle. The world was open for discovery and they continued traveling as much as possible. They are a couple for 17 years now and in May 2013 they started on a big cycling trip through South America.

We hosted them at the end of their South America trip, going back to London. Kris’ family is living there , and so London became some kind of a “basekamp” in between travels. Anna works as a fitness instructor and Kris works for a garbage collecting compagnie. They get their jobs back any time they are back in the country.Now it’s again a working period for them, but not the end of traveling: they are thinking about going to Asia for cycling or maybe horse riding through Mongolia.

The natural way those two belong together is wonderfull to see !

Anna and Kris you definately understand what life is about. Hope you have a long happy life together and maybe we can meet again some day.

Happy Trails !!!

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WEBSITE ANNA and KRIS:

http://www.rowerami.info/index.php/en/homeen

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Picture story of our latest cycle trip in Switzerland.(2014)

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It seems my story is liked:

likes WP…  I like   :-)))

Aileen and Maria from London

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Aileen and Maria , 19 and 20 years old and on their second cycle trip.They surfed my couch last night.

Last year Maria asked Aileen on Face Book if she wanted to join her on a cycle trip to Berlin. Aileen said “yes”.

Their parents thought they were crazy and would never make it. But they did !!

And what’s even more: they decided to do it again this year, but now the goal is Paris.

The “microbe” hit hard I think, because they are already thinking big and plan to go cycling in New Zealand!!!

Good travels girls, wishing you all the best !!!

And thank you for your lovely signature on my friendships curtain.

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Another cycling nomad in the making !?

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Recently I decided to make a profile on the Warmshowers site. For several years we already enjoyed hosting guests from all over the world through couchsurfing. Warmshowers should be ideal for us, because it’s for cycle travelers only.

Last week I got my first request from a young Spanish guy. He stayed with us for just one night.

He has big plans,  to make a world tour for 5 years, through 50 countries with 5 euro’s a day…

Right now, he is just trying everything out and touring Europe for starters. He already decided he needs to buy front panniers to have a better overview of his luggage, and a better balance of the weight he is carrying.

I had the impression he has still a lot to learn about traveling by bike, but yet, he is only 19 years old.

When I asked him what brought him to this plan, I heard several levels of motivation:

One side of his motivation is that he thinks he is far too young to decide what to do with his life, and he isn’t interested in what seems to be the “normal” steps to take in life: study, work to get a house, a car, a television ….First he wants to explore the world, meet people, other cultures, and learn about himself.

Another side of his motivation is that he likes to move. He ran a marathon, but that wasn’t satisfying his hunger for movement… He tried longer distances, up to 100 km…but that didn’t do the trick  either…So slowly he got interested in traveling by bike. What was at first meant to be a several days ride became almost biologically a preparation for a worldtour…

I’m very curious how far this youngster will go to make his dream come true. I surely wish him all the best.

You can follow him on his blog .

 

ready to hit the road again

ready to hit the road again

Picture story cycletrip 2014 (part 1)

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In june we cycled from Belgium to the Suisse border in Basel, along the western front line of WW I.

Part 1 is an impression about the many monuments and wargraves we came across.

Part 2 is still in the making process!!!

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