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Here we go – the first week

What a week this was! A week filled with emotions, with the best but also the worst feelings I have experienced for a long time. But let’s start from the beginning

Seven days ago, last Saturday the 12th of January at 11:30 I said goodbye to family and friends and cycled the first few km’s out of my hometown Bern towards Basel. We organized a little brunch to sit together, eat and chat one more time. These 3-4 hours felt like 30 minutes and when it was suddenly 11:00 o’clock, I couldn’t believe that this moment has come now.[/penci_text_block]

Me on day 1
Sleeping place Day 1


Patrick 21. January 2019 at 18:18

Hey Fabian
Get well soon!
Don’t let it bring you down.

Fabian 21. January 2019 at 19:45

Hey Patrick
Thanks a lot for the wishes!
By no means! ☺️💪🏼
A few days more of anticipation 😉

Jürgen 3. February 2019 at 10:16

Hello Fabian

I am writing you from the south-western part of Germany.
And you’ll will read in the very last text passage why.

Its a couple of years that I moved from Switzerland where I spend nearby 20 years.
That’s why I knew VeloPlus and enjoy sometimes using their links to travel reports.

Practicing bike-to-work, I cycle all year through.
My route from home to work is a 10 km small trail only passing through forests and fields.
This means a great luck of having no car traffic at all.
But animals like deer, rabbits, or squirrels also having fun, playing a game to show up suddenly for to proof regularly my reaction time.

So here is my message to your enterprise:
You probably sit and wait for healing your knee injury.
This is what you missed the last weeks in southern Germany:
Frost, snow, ice, wind, storm and cold rain.
All these weeks I have to used my old MTB with studded tires.
Despite being experienced with gear and protective clothes, I still fought with cold fingers and toes.
So your awaiting probably reward you with less struggling conditions in February!

And I envy you for all the upcoming months of travel – Good luck!

Fabian 10. March 2019 at 13:00

Hi Jürgen!

Sorry my late reply!
Exactly on the same day you wrote this comment, I started cycling again from Basel towards Hamburg. I cycled all along the Rhine river to Mainz where I unfortunately had to break off again because of heavy knee problems.
Like as you mentioned, the first two days were really windy with freezing temperatures! 😁
Apart from the knee pain, I had a really great time in south Germany, met awesome people and highly enjoyed cycling along the Rhine. There is coming a short blog post soon about this week through Germany and when I’m gonna start again!

Wish you all the best Jürgen, many tailwinds and happy times on the bike!


Stephen 3. May 2019 at 5:25

Ouch. A dodgy knee doesn’t sound like fun at all – particularly in cold and freezing weather!


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