Starting the bicycle touring: impressions, difficulties

Several weeks already passed since we have left Dresden, our home in Germany, and took trains to reach the Netherlands and start our journey. All passed so fast, so smoothly, that now, as we have already reached Dresden (Yoohoooo!!!) and our friends welcomed us to their home, it feels like we have never been gone. Anywhere.
It seems we may have just visited some friends by bicycle and made some new ones. But all is in the past already.

The sunshine is so bright outside, the sky so clear and indoors is so warm that the cold days cycling and freezing fingers are almost forgotten. My inside is warm too and the feeling of calmness I have been waiting for while preparing for the trip has finally settled in. I have stopped questioning. And that feels so good.

The sunshine is so bright outside, the sky so clear and indoors is so warm that the cold days cycling and freezing fingers are almost forgotten. My inside is warm too and the feeling of calmness I have been waiting for while preparing for the trip has finally settled in. I have stopped questioning. And that feels so good.

The road, the cycling and especially the weather have silenced my mind. And when we cycle we don’t speak to each other that much. On one side it is hard as it is often windy, also it demands the breath and cycling nearby each other which is not always possible. On another side, ┬áthere isn’t much I have to say.

Calmness in winter

When I cycle I just observe the surroundings, follow directions, sometimes check the map, sometimes check the temperature, follow the speed and the time for reaching the destination before the sunset as then it just gets colder, darker and more tiresome. So sometimes I do worry about that, the short daylight and the cold but just that. We always carry our thermos with us, so even when the water freezes in carriages we have what to drink. And even if the dark falls it is ok, as we have not stayed outside yet! Up to now have been lucky to always find hosts in advance through the WarmShowers, or Couchsurfing, or old good way through the friends and so always have a warm sleep.

#warmshowers #couchsurfing #rules !!!

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Our very first days were easy, kind of slow or with pauses and our muscles were getting sore, but not too much. We were getting hungry often and a lot, but friends helped with that ­čśÇ The hardest was probably to get used to packing stuff always in the same place and pack it fast. Make up the imaginary shelves and never mix up wardrobes.. as we have a lot of red ones.

Cycling about 70km with a rest day every second or third day was not that hard. Especially with the temperatures above 5C. In Germany, we soon have been caught by cold but made a longer pause in Muenster and cycled out from it already with a snow. In the air and on the ground. Even without the wind, our fingers were getting uncomfortable very fast. And our faces after a day outside were burning. We started making lesser photos.

Snowy Muenster

However, staying with friends, Couchsurfing or Warmshowers means evenings and sometimes days were spent chatting and cooking.
No blogging or photo editing, no book reading.
No leisure activities we have been planning so much before the trip.
Maybe further on it will happen, I will get my aquarelle out and just let it flow. Like the wind through my ears, the sun shades through my eyes. I will wait, it is ok.

For now, I will just cycle. City to city, host to host. It makes my mind empty and calm. Without resistance.


What do you think?