|Dates:||6 Apr 2017 - 13 Oct 2017|
|Duration:||6 months, 1 week|
Andreas from Sweden. This is my first tour. I have one year to spend and will try to cover all the countries I always wanted to visit.
Countries so far:
Croatia (EuroVelo 8)
My new home for about two weeks. New Workaway-family to stay with.
Biggest lake in Japan.
A tourers worst nightmare 🙈
In Nara doing touristy stuff.
Camping at a sports park. Usually the best spots.
Second breakfast in Nagoya ✌🏻
Camping under the stars once more.
On the road...
Bumped into a festival in Takayama.
Couchsurfing at a cafe.
Made it to Takayama. Took a bath at the local place and checking out the place.
Ooh yeah. Made it. Now it's a looooong downhill.
Finally off the main road, less cars now.
First checkpoint on my way to Norikura skyline.
Couchsurfing for the night.
Capsule hotel tonight for the first time 🤠
Ooh yeah! Finally in Matsumoto. Japanese castles 😍
Crazy amount of fruits on these trees.
There you have Nagano.
Up we go 🙌🏻
Met a man in a car at a red light who convinced me to go and look at the Japanese Leonardo Da Vinci. In the end I didn't enter because I think he promised a bit too much. Maybe I missed something?
Luxury stay at a ryokan.
Looking at monkeys. 🐒
Nice feeling to reach the top.
Early, windy and cold start of the day.
Yeah, I have my own onsen to relax in today in the onsen town of Kusatsu.
Reached the top, I'm almost done for the day.
Preparing for the climb of the day.
Leaving the clouds behind.
Camping in Numata tonight. Didn't have enough energy to find a good spot but I'm giving this a go.
Reached the top! Need for speed time.
Overlooking spa town.
I'm going up, but on my bicycle 🚴🏻
Bridge in the beautiful town of Nikko. Highly recommend the place if you're close by.
Sleeping next to a football and baseball field. I have access to toilets, vending machines and roof over my head. Ooh yeah!
Good looking fella.
Beautiful morning 😍
Campsite for the night. Full of happy Japanese people!
Another lovely river to follow. Highly recommend this road. Noticed a gang of cyclist on the other side. Maybe it was more scenic?
The town with a huge rocket in the middle.
Found a river to follow.
Time for a rest day.
Finally reached the destination for today ✌🏻
Oh rainy day...
Yet another closed campsite.
Entered the Miyagi prefecture and suddenly it was bamboo everywhere.
A surprisingly long downhill road 💪🏻
I love the houses here. It's something about the Japanese architecture that make me relax. Big plus for the gardens as well.
Long but funny day. Arrived at a closed campsite but it will do 👌🏻
Reached the top, looking forward to going down.
Going up towards 1600 m today.
I like these gateways.
Can you spot the bear cub?
Slept in a bus stop 😂
Once it get flat again all one can see are rice fields.
Overlooking Lake Towada from the other side.
Give me some carbs, nom nom.
Finally reached Lake Towada.
Through a valley of waterfalls.
Just passed the top. Beautiful colours.
Urban camping tonight. Will pick a spot when there are less people here.
I'm now on the main island!
Selfie on da boat
Bike maintenance before taking the ferry to Honshu.
Starting the day with a proper Japanese breakfast ✌🏻
Proper bed for the night 😴
Beautiful temple and garden in the middle of the city.
Reached Hakodate before lunch which means I have about 24 hours here before taking the ferry to Honshu.
Woohoo, about 20 km downhill 👌🏻
Crossing Hokkaido today as well.
Rise and shine!
Might be the best spot ever 👌🏻
That's where I came from.
Reached the coast.
Cute bus station 👌🏻
Making my way towards the west coast.
Time to get some rest after a beautiful day. Woohoo 🙌🏻
Le coast line.
Found a foot spa 👌🏻
Time for lunch!
Harvest season, stoped and picked up some pears. Delicious.
Besutiful morning. Was invited for coffee and miso soup by the friendly staff. Perfect preparation for the day once I added three spoons of peanut butter to that.
Sleeping at Bifue camping tonight. Wonderful view!
Lake Shikotsu, now I just need to get to the other side.
Not so pleasant anymore. Luckily I was close to some shelter.
Beautiful colours and overall pleasant weather.
Lunchbox before climbing some hills.
Found a huge Buddha.
On the road again leaving Sapporo behind. Good vibes city, would love to come back during winter sometime. But for now I hope there will be no snow.
Made it to Sapporo. Woohoo I'm finally on the move in Japan.
Made it! Time to assemble my baby. Not a single scratch on the box 👏🏻
Airport time, Japan is close!
Taking the bus to Incheon Airport. Japanventure starts here and now.
Saying goodbye to Chocco's babies.
Will do some volunteering at a hostel for a while. Got instructions how to prepare breakfast 🍳
Loading up on energy. Will push towards Busan today.
This is the actual bike path 😂
From inside the hammock. Don't want to get out, there are too many mosquitos. They are furious here!! Long day but worth it. Soon I'll be in Busan.
Reached Pohang. Looked like a beautiful city. Lot of parks and green areas and people smiled a lot, always a good sign. Did bump in to a significant number of big American males, my guess would be that there is a military base close by.
Newly built pavilion close to the nicest beach I've spotted so far.
Sleep sleep, new day tomorrow! Just as I entered my shelter the sky opened, lucky shot.
Tofu, rice, cake, soy drink and water for dinner.
Nice road ahead 👌🏻
Got bored of the roller coaster riding and went on the highway for some km 🙊Nice toilets 🚽
Nature is showing me where I should sleep for the night.
Peaceful and relaxing place. Bummer it was heavy rain at the time.
Riding along the coast.
Not too much cycling today so I consider this being a rest day. Strange things happened though. Don't want to give all the juicy details but my moustache is a serious game changer 😅😂
This was how far I could get on my bicycle. They wouldn't allow me to go any further. Better turn back. A lot of military activity here.
Took a rest and a man came by with his bicycle. We had no way to communicate until I picked up Google Translate. He invited me for lunch. Rice and whiskey at 11 👌🏻
On my way to North Korea 🇰🇵
This is my new chateau. Went back about 2 km after picking up dinner.
Made it to the east coast!! 🌊
Last big climb before reaching the east coast. I'm not that high but a +10%er made it a bit painful. The view and the downhill is the reward.
Roadside lunch, hiding from the rain. Just a few metres from the coffeehouse, I found a new bike path which will take me where I want to go. Thank you Korea for making it so easy 👌🏻
Don't know which road to follow. Better take a coffee.
Taking picture, nowhere to hide from the rain.
Break after the first climb of the day under a roof to escape the rain.
Breakfast under a roof to escape the rain.
Will try camping in a park. It's a nice view, I have toilets nearby and I have a roof. Hopefully no one will walk by late at night and disturb me.
Bought lunch at 7eleven. It will probably be my go to store for a while. Cheap and delicious.
This is where I slept for two nights. Now it's time to get back on the saddle again. It has been a while.
Last ride for today. Taking the bus in to Seoul. Will be interesting to see how well my bike manage two flights and one bus ride. 🤞🏻
New country, new routines. Always funny 😂
Time to leave Istanbul as the Escapade continues. Quick stop in Singapore awaits before Seoul and South Korea. See you on the other side.
On my way to new adventures.
View from the balcony of the flat I'm staying in.
The Black Sea 🌊
Istanbul is treating me well. Bumped in to the New Zealander's I volunteered with in Kurtköy. They volunteer at the hostel I'm staying at 😆 I might try doing the same in a week but first I'm going to be a proper tourist. All in on Turkish delights, have heard they have a snickers version 😋
I have been living in a quite and beautiful place for a while now. Time for a big change, Istanbul. I bet it's beautiful there as well but not as quite.
Left Kurtköy today after yet another Workaway experience. I've had a wonderful time up in the mountains together with the hosts, other volunteers and all the animals. It's a great experience to try living a completely different life from what I'm used to. I've gotten so much inspiration about how to live more sustainable, both in an environmental perspective and in a personal.
Exploring the surrounding area. It sure is a beautiful peninsula.
Decided to take a walk back to Kurtköy. It ended up being a feast. Found blackberries, plums and mulberries. Played football with two kids, had a sip of Jack Daniels with two cool dudes, sat down with a bunch of kids who gave me peaches and mulberries as we practised their English. My legs are worn out from all the walking, time for a nap.
Back in Yalova after a few magical days in Cappadocia. Time flies. This marks my 99th day away from home and I can't be more excited about what's going to happen the next couple of months. Somewhere in the horizon is Istanbul where I soon will go.
So I'm on the bus, in the middle of nowhere. I turn on the bus tv screen in front of me and had the fortune to tune in on the football match between Östersund(🇸🇪)-Galatasaray(🇹🇷). We won!!
Made it to Cappadocia.
Late night bus stop somewhere...
Volunteered at another place today and was then dropped of at Yalova bus station. I'm heading for Cappadocia without my bike but with a small backpack. Looking forward to some amazing views.
There are many bus companies here and to find out the best way to get from A to B can be a bit tricky. I returned my ticket twice before deciding how to go.
Checking in at the second Workaway place. Located in the small beautiful village of Kurtköy. Looking forward to this experience as well. Don't know for how long I stay this time.
Having a rest up in the mountains before arriving at my new Workaway place.
Yet another gas station campsite. Today was a lazy day. Buss from Biga to Bursa and then an easy ride getting here with a lot of breaks in the heat. Had a fun ride down a 7% hill shared with three lines and hardly any shoulder. Tomorrow I arrive at my second longer stop for this journey. I'm going to spend some time at a farm up in the mountains just south of Yalova. When time is right I'll do some touristy stuff without my bicycle and then end this stretch of the journey in Istanbul before flying to South Korea. Exciting!!
Arrived in Bursa with an intact bicycle ✌🏻
The heat and the fact that I mostly would ride on the highway for two days made me take the bus from Biga to Bursa. I was cycling when the bus station appeared and instantly took the decision to go for it. Bus driver was a bit anxious about how to fit the bicycle. It's now in there, hopefully in one piece when arriving.
Rumour goes that in Turkey you do best by camping at gas stations. Decided to try my first night here. Great success, although a bit too much noise from the road and next time I'll try one not so close to a city since all the youngsters on mopeds came during the night. I had access to toilet and water. Like a camp site. As one motorcycle tourer on the ferry said, "In Turkey you can camp everywhere. You should not pay"
Rolled straight on to the ferry. Free for people with bicycles ✌🏻Hope they have some döner on the other side.
Can I leave your country please...
Took a proper last night in Greece to celebrate the end of Europe-ish.
By accident I found the most scenic and historic route I've ever ridden. 10 km through an area filled with ancient ruins and monuments. Would highly recommend it to everyone.
Early morning riding along endless fields of sunflowers and corn.
Camping in farmers land. Hopefully they have other things to do than go searching for me. I have now started to use the hammock without tarp which is nice when the sun is about to go down and stars ✨ appears. I don't use any sleeping bag only tights and a sweater. Night temperature is about 18 degree centigrade, perfect 👌🏻
Have you ever wondered where all the Bulgarians with fancy cars go on their vacation. I have the answer for you, to Kavála. It was a nice city though. A few beaches, some historical monuments, lots of restaurants and some kind of festival was about to take place.
A big big 🦁 A German guy took pictures of it in every angle you can imagine. He must have liked it...
This is what's waiting for me tomorrow morning. The alarm is set at 5, by the time all celebrating swedes goes to bed after a presumably wonderful midsummer eve celebration.
Leaving Thessaloniki and start going east. This stretch will mark the end of my time in Greece. In a few days I will enter Turkey. Looking forward to what will come.
Happy Midsommarafton to all the swedes out there!
Didn't plan to end up in Thessaloniki today but because of two things I did. 1. It was flat. Very flat. 2. I don't know how many times I went the wrong way thanks to crappy Greek roads. It made me more determent to get here.
Anyways, now I'll have two days to explore the second biggest(?) city of Greece. Ate next to this handsome fella.
Had breakfast amongst speedos and red burnt skin. I didn't fit in very well :)
Camp spot for tonight. Wished it would have been nicer water but that's the way it is. Will have an early start tomorrow and go swimming and having breakfast by the sea. I can tell from the smell in my hammock it's needed. Founds this spot thanks to Nico the firefighter who invited me for a drink at a gas station this morning. He was a cyclist himself. The cashier in Lidl knew more football teams in Sweden than I do, I was impressed. Otherwise a more or less flat ride today.
Had lunch with this skinny little fella. Luckily he had someone coming there everyday to feed him.
Finally found a good camping spot for tonight overlooking Evia. Been a good day with many climbs and funny rides to the bottom. Also a 30 minuet ferry ride which means I'm now back on the mainland.
About to leave the beautiful island of Evia. Took a nice route crossing from south to north. Landscape full of pine and oak trees. Almost felt like home.
Greek sushi up in the mountains.
Surrounded by nature and silence. First day of fully loaded touring since a month. The mix of heat, not being in the shape I was just before I stopped and the fact that I didn't get too much sleep last night made for an early stop today. But it feels nice to be back on the saddle!
Have been hanging out in the suburbs of Athens for four weeks but now it's time to start cycling again. I'll go north along the coast towards Thessaloniki and then east towards Turkey.
Make sure to check out www.veloscapade.com for an update.
Making new friends.
Nice scenery as I ride along the coastline.
Morning in the ancient city of Korinthos. On my way to the capital.
I can't see Athens yet, but tomorrow I will! 👏🏻
Morning cycling on a bridge. First we were escorted by a friendly police officer since they did a lot of construction work, he blocked the way for other cars and then lead us in the right direction. After that the bridge toll workers showed us how to best get by them. Greeks are for sure friendly. On the other side I will take left towards Athens the other will go right towards Patras.
Found some new friends today. We will go in different directions tomorrow but it was nice with one day of company.
Stopped to fill some water in a small town. In the city centre they had two storks living in top of a pillar with their baby birds. The whole town was so proud of them.
Finally found a place to sleep. Some kind of abandoned campsite. There were some people there who let me in and allowed me to stay for the night.
Having problems with finding a good camping spot. Better eat and then think.
Private escort 😎 Wasn't allowed to cycle under the water so I had to go by van.
Had a rest day yesterday but now I'm back on track.
Dinner time just after finishing 100 g of chocolate and a bag of crisps. Oh yeah sweet calories.
Whenever you see a herd of sheep you know there are at least one dog beast around the corner. Been chased a number of times today. If I have enough speed I just keep going but otherwise I stop and throw rocks at them. Eventually the give up.
Spending my last Albanian money on kebab. Soon I'll be at the Greek border. Have been rollercoaster riding again today but now it will be a bit flatter for a while.
Found a nice camping place. Three friendly gentlemen welcomed me with open arms. Decided on a restaurant for a change. Since it's low season they didn't offer very much. Picked a pasta dish, ok but not proper tourer food. Went back to the campsite and cooked anyway.
A lot of these bad boys today 😅
Two and a half hour of climbing. I wonder how long it will take to get down.
About to head over those mountains 🚵🏻 Every time I'm about to climb I get a smile on my face because you always know what's coming after...
Finally reached my destination for today. Will have a whole beach for myself when I wake up tomorrow. Worth the new record, a whopping 193 km today. That includes a one hour lunch break, one flat tire and one exploding tire 💥
First cycle friendly street in Albania? Way to go, keep them coming!
My second flat tire. This one was more obvious.
Found the ocean again in Durres. Not a very pleasant place though. Better get away from here. 🚴🏻💨
Early rise, early stop. The hottest day so far. Staying at a campsite tonight.
Woke up early to cycle along lake Skadar. Absolutely a must if you are in the area. Just make sure you take some breakfast before, I didn't which was a bit painful in the end...
First time doing a ground pitch with my hammock. Looks promising.
If you ever visit Montenegro, make sure you go to this part close to lake Skadar.
Montenegro is doing a lot of work with their infrastructure. Unfortunately it means long queues. Met a couple of Albanians who were curious about my tour. They didn't get why I didn't smoke though...
Last turn before I had to say goodbye (or see you later) to Stephe and Michael. They are heading north towards Bosnia and I'm going south towards Albania. Have had a great week together with this lovely couple. Hope they will have a wonderful adventure and I'm sure I'll be seeing them again in the future.
Chilling in Kotor
First day in Montenegro. Last night with the Brits. Perfect camping place surrounded by mountains.
Early start meant a lot of scenery breaks during today's ride.
Wild camping on farmers land. Tomorrow we will be in King's Landing.
Loading with energy on the ferry back to mainland. Still have some km left for today. Cycling Hvar have been a rollercoaster but the finish was beautiful.
Touristing in Hvar. Not too much to see for a whole day. Better get some groceries and head home to the campground and cook dinner. Just need to climb some hills before.
The Brits are showing me how to tour with style. Taking brakes and drinking beer, staying at a proper campsite and cooking a nice dinner. 👌🏻
Lunch in sunny Split waiting for the ferry to Hvar.
Wild camping with my new touring friends from England. So happy to finally meet people going in the same direction.
✌🏻✌🏻is the way!
Ended up staying one extra night in Bibinje thanks to the friendly host. When I arrived the day before she instantly invited me for dinner since I where on a bicycle. We had a nice conversation and she told me a lot about the war and all the problems it caused since then and that the people here still have problem recovering from that time. Croatia is so much more than a beautiful coastline which is the only thing most of us tourist going there get to see and experience.
Having a touristy day in Zadar eating pizza and fried dough.
Dinner for a tourer
New best camp spot, Croatia is the perfect place for hammocking, no doubt about it. With the uneven and rocky ground it would have been hard to pitch a tent but I can always manage to find two trees with perfect distance to hang the hammock. Looking forward to look at the stars tonight.
Lunch break in Novi Vinodolski. Salmon sandwich and ice cream. Today has been much better, it was worth ending the day early yesterday to rest and fatten up.
Staying at a hostel in Rijeka for the night. My body didn't respond to well to the heat today so I stopped early, ate and drank a lot and hoping for a better day tomorrow.
Best camping spot so far. Pretty sure no one will notice me either. Was kind of a struggle to get here. Totally worth it though 😎
Well earned pizza in Stari Grad. Been a nice day with a mixture between riding along the coastline and climbing some hills.
Breakfast time in the old town of Rovinj.
Mission, find two trees with a good distance between. Easy.
I think I'm going the right way.
Nice morning view with the Italian Alps in the back.
I decided to ditch my tent in favour for a hammock. Time will tell if it was a good decision or not 😆
Back to Slovenia again...
Quick detour to Italy
Last lunch before saying goodbye to mummy and daddy. 👋🏻
I met my parents in Klagenfurt in Austria on their journey home to Sweden. Me made it to Bled and have spent three days here but soon it's time to go separate ways. We will do a day trip before I jump in the bike again. Have been wonderful seeing them since they were not at home when I left Sweden.
Picked up a tube with chain oil. Hope this one is better.
Today didn't fully go as I had planned. There were strong headwinds all day which made it difficult to push as far as I had hoped for. Then the rain came and I struggled a lot with finding a good place to pitch my tent. I stood under the roof outside of a library in a small town hesitating what to do. I decided to ask a man who walked by if he knew anywhere I could put up my tent, he told me there was no place. I asked him if he knew any guesthouse, he walked with me and checked the two in town butt they were full. He then invited me to his home. Such a spirit. So once more I have a roof over my head, food in my stomach (proper Austrian goulash) and big smile on my face as I go to bed. I had an amazing time in Czech and I guess by the start I've had in Austria it will be the same here.
Country number five! 👊🏻
Another kind of lunch.
Went by Cesky Krumlov on my way to Austria. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and according to the Czechs the second most important city after Prague. Had a walk around the old town, tasted a crepe and chatted with an old American man who thought my bike ride was the best idea ever. 🇺🇸👍🏻
Today I was hosted by Petr's cousin Klara and her husband Martin. As soon as I came in I somehow had a cold pivo in my hand. Happens all the time in Czech. We had a dinner and took a tour downtown. Talked about Zlatan, religion and what life is about. Seems like we all share the same troubles about life, no matter nationality. Everyone is just the same. Remember that :)
Tonight I will sleep in a farmhouse owned by a couple and their two young daughters. Lots of animals around and a Woofer from Germany. Will for sure be a lovely evening.
My new favourite lunch meal, invented by yours truly... Spaghetti satay. Fabulous stuff!
Made it to Karlštejn but I skipped going up there. For today I try not to go uphill that much 😊
Ended up at the lovely couple of Petr and Eva in Kladno. Had some struggle today for many reasons. Weather was shifting between snow and sun and I wasn't expecting all the hills. Although I finally made it here.
Had a wonderful evening with a lot of food, Czech wine and a lot of planning for the rest of my journey through the country. Got another place to sleep for Friday thanks to relatives to the family, awesome. Petr's parents were also joining for dinner.
I also had to promise Petr's father to visit the castle of Karlštejn on my way, very important 😁He insisted many times. So tomorrow I'll swing by as a make my way further south.
Made it to the Czech border 🇨🇿💪🏻
Taking a walk in Dresden. Don't mind too much about the buildings, I just want to eat!
Hostel dinner in Dresden. Been pedalling like a maniac today. So much fun. I finally got see some of the views I been looking forward to. Hurrah!!
Shame on you Germany, you know better!!
First Couchsurfing experience. Was invited to Annett for a proper schnitzel dinner and a comfy bed to sleep in. Annett is a 40-something woman who wants to learn English so that she can travel later. That's pure inspiration and motivation.
The old church of Leitzkau. Usually when I take a photo it's chocolate time! 🙌🏻
Tonight I spend the night at the clubhouse of Tangermünder Ruderclub. Was hesitating about pushing to the next town and maybe find a piece of forest to put up the tent. Instead I ended up in Tangermünde and have a roof for the night, a shower and a kitchen. Apparently it's Easter which the Germans love so everything is closed. Will be pasta and mackerel (brought all the way from home) and peanut butter for dessert.
Out in the forest somewhere in Germany. First time camping here. A bit nervous and excited. Met a lot of angry dogs on my way here. Hopefully they won't hunt me down.
Spending the night at a hotel in the town of Güstrow. I had to unpack all the gear to let it dry. Even waterproof bags are not fully waterproof if out in the rain for 12 hours.
Now in Germany. No more ferries for a while.
About to leave Denmark. The EuroVelo route network is remarkable.
By the same time tomorrow I will probably be in country number three, Germany. I had two and a half relaxing days in Copenhagen. Manage to meet two friends, ate a lot and wandered around town.
Today felt like I was on the same street the whole day. Just perfectly straight roads accompanied with semi-strong sidewinds.
I do prefer when the environment change a bit more and to climb a hill from time to time is no problem. That kind of environment will soon be in front of me. Looking forward to it.
Last night in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen street food
Visiting a friend in Copenhagen for a day or two.
Perfect camp spot north of Copenhagen. I don't have to pitch my tent and I have a fire. 🤘🏻
Time to say goodbye Sweden, soon I'm in 🇩🇰
Sleeping in a proper bed tonight thanks to my brothers childhood friend. Got a nice dinner and a comfy bed. 👌🏻
Bedroom for the night
Snack with a view.
The only thing left is to make sure that the bags end up on my bike. Then I'm off! 😎
|Dates:||6 Apr 2017 - 13 Oct 2017|
|Duration:||6 months, 1 week|
Andreas from Sweden. This is my first tour. I have one year to spend and will try to cover all the countries I always wanted to visit.
Countries so far:
Croatia (EuroVelo 8)