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Old 02-18-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Bike Trip 1 - May 2008 - England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland and back.

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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Awesome pics!! you should hotlink a few here as teasers!!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:02 PM   #3
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Now wait juuuuuuuuust a minute! That place isn't on your map!!!!




Lived there for quite some time in the 90s. Not in that tower, but in the suburbs of Cuxhaven...

Soooooooooo: how come?????































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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 PM   #4
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Now wait juuuuuuuuust a minute! That place isn't on your map!!!!




Lived there for quite some time in the 90s. Not in that tower, but in the suburbs of Cuxhaven...

Soooooooooo: how come?????




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Lol.. Your absolutely right... we were there as that's where my grandparents are buried and my mother too..

I been to Cuxhaven mabye 20 times since I was about 3..

I need to fix the map.. thanks for noticing my error..

Here's the CUX tower...

http://www.xpirex.com/Travel/First-B...72469808_PSmsY

Routes been updated.. bare in mind that I came home almost blind in an easterly direction hitting, Dresden, Leipzig, Kassel, Dortmund, Utrechct, then up to Amsterdam. I got lost quite a few times. :)

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:55 AM   #5
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Hi Chris!

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Lol.. Your absolutely right... we were there as that's where my grandparents are buried and my mother too..

I been to Cuxhaven mabye 20 times since I was about 3..
Let me know the next time when you're in the neighborhood! I'm about two hours away from Cux again towards Hamburg. You got a place to stay if you want! This might also be of some interest for you maybe?

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I need to fix the map.. thanks for noticing my error..

Here's the CUX tower...

http://www.xpirex.com/Travel/First-B...72469808_PSmsY

Routes been updated.. bare in mind that I came home almost blind in an easterly direction hitting, Dresden, Leipzig, Kassel, Dortmund, Utrechct, then up to Amsterdam. I got lost quite a few times. :)
Ah, the memories... Getting lost is fun on a bike! You get to see the best stuff! Like the plane in the back right of your picture here. I worked on that thing for many years making sure we didn't get lost in a plane... Cause that's no fun at all!!!!!

Now it's being decommissioned in June. They have a farewell Atlantique airday there on June 20!!!!! And a fly away party for former personnell on the 18th... Hope I will be able to stand upright on the 20th...

















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Old 02-19-2010, 03:01 AM   #6
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That's a very nice gesture Gator I may take you up on that in the Spring..

I want to ride to Istanbul via Romania/Bulgaria then back along the Adriatic coast, (Bike Trip 6) to complete my goal of all 47 European countries by bike in just over 2 years...
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:21 PM   #7
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How long did you have/recommend for the trip?
Planning a similar trip for next year with my girlfriend but not sure how much time we'll need yet.
Dont want to spend the whole time rushing around but also dont want to use up all my holidays on one trip.

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Old 02-20-2010, 07:03 PM   #8
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From London via Cuxhaven, Hamburg and then onto Berlin and into Poland took about 4 days.. we were in no rush at all. Then the solo ride back alone took me a about a day and a half. So whole trip was about a week.
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Let me know the next time when you're in the neighborhood! I'm about two hours away from Cux again towards Hamburg. You got a place to stay if you want! This might also be of some interest for you maybe?


Ah, the memories... Getting lost is fun on a bike! You get to see the best stuff! Like the plane in the back right of your picture here. I worked on that thing for many years making sure we didn't get lost in a plane... Cause that's no fun at all!!!!!

Now it's being decommissioned in June. They have a farewell Atlantique airday there on June 20!!!!! And a fly away party for former personnell on the 18th... Hope I will be able to stand upright on the 20th...





That's a lovely offer... I just may take you up on that sir... ;)
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:51 PM   #10
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How long did you have/recommend for the trip?
When I lived in the US I had the chance to take a few trips (click on my ultimate-sig-line to get a list). There were a couple of things I came to realize from those:

- If you pre-book accommodation you will always have a place to sleep, but you will inevitably start rushing to get to each one in time.

- A good pace to enjoy the ride and still have time to explore things you 'find' on the road is about 300km/day. You can do more, but the exploring-time goes down quite a bit. Don't plan more than 450/500km day period! That's when the fun stops because you're startin' to rush again...

- doing the same trip twice with slight modifications will put new things on the table to see!

Now these were for trips in the US. Not sure if they will hold up here in Europe. I have yet to find ou!!!

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Old 02-21-2010, 12:08 AM   #11
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In the 27 different countries I've ridden across apart from the Folkstone to Calais Channel Tunnel train I have never booked anything anywhere ever..

Even my routes are utterly open... all my route maps are made after the trips not before.


I mostly ride till about dusk then look for somewhere to bed down.

I always take a tent or gortex bivvy bag so I can just about sleep anywhere... fields.. woods, forests.. cemeteries.. golf courses, barns, picknick tables.. where ever.

I have even spent a few nights stretched out on top of the bike without rolling off.

And occasionally treat myself to a bed and breakfast or hotel when in a big city.

Otherwise it's this.. Germany's Black Forest




or this.... somewhere in Finland..


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Old 02-21-2010, 12:29 AM   #12
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Otherwise it's this..

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or this....

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My kind of travel!!!
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:34 AM   #13
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Lol... once I was so shattered after about a straight 700 mile stint I just got off the bike, lay down in a wet rainy field with my gortex bike suit on, boots, gloves and helmet on, pulled the visor down and went into a 6 hour coma.

Woke the next morning warm and dry, had a fag, jumped on the bike to continued my journey.
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