Silke and Hauke

We are Silke (24) and Hauke (28) and this summer we left together for a cycling trip towards Asia.
Living in: Elsfleth, Deutschland

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  • Day21

    We reached the Danube which means from now on we continue the well-known flat Danube Cycle Route and ended up in Vienna where we stayed at Samuel's place. For rainy reasons, we had a rest day in Samuel's cosy apartment by sleeping in, breakfasting late, reading, talking about cycling and other bike travelers and planning our further route. In the evening we explored the city center by foot and went to the cinema for the Viennese comedy 'Die Migrantigen' with Samuel and his girlfriend.
    As yesterday we were blessed with better weather we hiked uphill to the Leopoldsberg from where we had great views of the Danube and Vienna. We went out with our bikes which felt quiet weird not feeling the weight of our panniers.
    This morning we hit the road again and followed the Danube till Bratislava - 5 hours of steady rain. We took it calmly as we can't change the weather anyway :)
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  • Day18

    We cracked our first 1000km on a section characterized by plenty of hills and heavy wind - and rewarded ourselves with a cocktail in the evening :-)
    From the Greenways, we went onto the Iron Curtain Trail and crossed the 'No Man's Land' between the Iron Curtain and the actual border, whose inhabitants were forcibly removed and their villages demolished. Between 1948 and 1989 a total of 390 people were killed on the Czech part of the border while trying to escape.
    Yesterday, we reached Lower Austria,
    cycled through a large wine-growing area and earned a few curious "Grüß Gott" until we reached our campsite in Pulkau.
    Now we're heading to Vienna and really look forward to meet our host Samuel and spend a few regenerating days.
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  • Day15

    Greenways is a cycle route connecting Prague with Vienna we got to know from Matt. Thanks for that and the opportunity to talk to your English class - it was a great experience for us!
    We're getting more and more used to the Czech hills, cycled through beautiful forests today and learned about the destruction of Novych Mlynu (Neumühl) where we touched the border to Austria.
    The Greenways took us to a gorgeous lake in Osika where we gonna spend the night - and if we're in a good shape tomorrow, we will crack our first 1000km :-)Read more

  • Day14

    After spending one and a half day of sightseeing in Prague, we are both really impressed how gorgeous this city is - especially all the alleys with their old buildings and cobbled stone streets. Some of the sights we visited were the old town, the jewish quarter, the historic Charles bridge, and the Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathredal.
    Leaving this beautiful city behind us we continued cycling South - cresting again one mountain after another (yes, this part of Czechia is quite hilly).
    Right now we're at Matt's home in Sedlčany who is already our third Warmshowers host (we fell in love with the hospitality of the Warmshowers hosts!). Matt is British and teaches English at a local school. This morning we're visiting one of his classes to talk with his Czech students about our trip and everything that might interest them about us and Germany. Looking really forward to this experience! :)
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  • Day11

    We crossed our first border - what a strange feeling to know that we won't put any foot on German ground in the next months!
    Due to our host in Dresden, we fell in love with Warmshowers on the first occasion. Many thanks to Marcus, we're super grateful. Thanks again for showing us around, for the dinners, and the rich conversations.
    Behind Dresden, the mountains of Saxon Switzerland pushed us to our limits, but the descents were absolutely breathtaking (we've never rode a bike with almost 60km/h before).
    Tomas from Usti nad Labem, you made our first night in Czechia very comfortable. We'll keep our fingers crossed that you'll cycle to China one day.
    Now we're on a camping spot just before Prague where we enjoy Saturday evening with the Czechs, live music and a few beers.
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  • Day8

    Almost 600km of cycling along the rivers Weser and Elbe brought us to historical Dresden. After leaving Lower-Saxony we've mastered a few little hills and enjoyed some rapid downhill runs during we're mostly blessed with sunshine and mild temperatures. However, one day we also encountered multiple showers of rain so that instead of putting up our tent we decided to spend the night in a hotel. We enjoyed the luxury of a real bed and bath. Again, the last few days we had plenty of sunshine and enjoyed the cycling and camping. Near to Bitterfeld we visited two friends of us and had a really good evening (thanks to Sabrina & Rico!) and in Meissen we got insights into the noble art of the Meissen State Porcelain Manufactory. Now we are in Dresden, where we're staying two nights at Marcus's home who we got to know via Warmshowers which is basically a platform like Couchsurfing for touring cyclists. Marcus is a super friendly easy-going guy who is living right in the beautiful old town. So, it feels like there couldn't be any better place to stay.Read more

  • Day3

    We made our first 150km along the rivers Weser and Aller, heading towards Magdeburg.
    After we had sunshine and tailwind on the first day, the second one forced us to test our rain equipment. However, we're lucky enough to find a shelter each time the next shower of rain came over us. We've already noticed that people along our way are always curious about what we need so much baggage for, leading to interesting conversations.Read more

  • Day1

    The day has come. After we finished yesterday's packing session and handed over our flat keys, we're ready to hit the road. Everything we own is on our bikes now. By this post we also wanna say thank you to everyone who joined our party to say good bye and celebrate Silke's graduation as well as to the ones who couldn't make it - for sure we gonna miss you! Many thanks go also to everyone who supported us during the preparation or wished us all the best for our trip.Read more

  • Day46

    Got some handy tips and great life hacks from 'Die Speiche'.