Six months on the road
A week ago I celebrated 6 months on the road in Budapest and its been an amazing experience until this point. Cycling conditions in Europe has been pretty much as I expected as I struggled through rain, snow, mud, cold nights camping and very tough cycling roads. All these was rewarded with the great sceneries throughout Europe, beautiful architecture, interesting history, meeting great people and absolute amazing experiences.
Every day has its challenges wether it is the bicycle problems, cycling conditions, weather, finding camping spots, water or directions. Mentally you get tested throughout the day, but this was exactly what I’ve been looking for.
The first 8 700km have taught me alot on what to expect, things I’ll encounter on a daily basis, challenges and also alot about my own capabilities. Each country is different and I need to adjust very quickly to conditions to make things easier on the road and making the right decisions.
As Im cycling deeper into Eastern & Central Europe new challenges arise. On my second part of Europe I expect worse roads, less English speaking people, Visa applications struggles not able to easily get bicycle parts if something breaks and more mountains. The flat roads of Netherlands and Germany ended in Czech Rep and I will now enter areas where there is significantly more hills and mountains…. but this means great scenery 🙂
The second part of Europe will through huge new challenges that I will need to face. Not knowing what to expect from each day, where I’ll sleep, finding water or food, changing environment or different people is the things I live for! This is what makes an adventure an adventure!! I get bored very easy in life so for me its exiting not knowing what will happen the next day.
In the past I had many problems with people because Im a very impulsive person, but this is my 6th sense in life. Making impulsive decisions, taking big calculated risks and challenging myself on a daily basis is the things that makes life interesting… or that makes it interesting for me. The bigger the challenge the bigger the reward!!
The next two to three months I will cycle through Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and finally end my Europe Continent in Istanbul, Turkey. I don’t know much about many of these countries and is looking forward to learn, experience and explore all of them.
Things people can expect from my blogs in the next few months:
Cheers for now…