2019 - Aachen-North Cape-Aachen (2nd try)
Having a surprise move opportunity arise shortly before a bicycle tour like this one has mixed implications. I'm glad we moved as the new apartment is exactly what we've been seeking for a long time. Everything on one level. Two bathrooms (not simply a WC). Underground parking, a lift, and walking distance to all our basic needs. That is was close to our friends and where we lived before made it even better.
Preparing for and executing the move, however, took a lot of effort and was aggravating. Sorting and packing everything we needed to take with us, and bringing other things to local charities was time consuming and stressful. Then, once everything was in the new place, getting it unpacked, put away, and returning all the boxes was another week of all day, every day work. I'm happy that almost all will be finished tomorrow when we install the last three overhead lamps in the kitchen, dining and living areas. After that all we will have left is to roll out a few carpets and hang some pictures.
Daily training rides to stay fit for an upcoming trip do not fit in well with moving. I did get in some time in the fitness center and last week I even managed two training rides. The distance and difficulty were enough to tell me I was not as fit as I'd like, but I was still o.k. for the departure planned for this coming Saturday morning. I'll try to squeeze in a couple more mid-distance rides this week. Giving my bike one last inspection and cleaning and gathering and packing all the stuff I'll be taking with me for three months still has to be done. That part gets easier after having done it so many times before.
Like before, I will post photos and short updates on Facebook almost every day. I will only be updating the blog on rest days which will be every week-to-ten days.
It's now only a little more than one month before the planned start for this trip, though there's now some uncertainty. I have a nephew who is quite ill back in the States, and here, Gudrun and I still have our move and our daughter's move keeping
us occupied. Still, I'm confident all is going to work out o.k., and this trip is going to kick off as planned.
I changed the links below to each of the stages from Garmin links to those from BikeMap where I created the routes. After clicking on one of the links below, you can select full screen in the map window, and if you wait a few seconds you should be able to zoom in and see a bit more detail. Zooming in under 300m will show you most of the campgrounds where I plan to stop. If you put your cursor in the terrain box on the lower-right side of the map, click and scroll left or right, there should be a point showing the elevation at the various points on the map.
As I go along I will update these to show the approximate positions where I stop each night. Daily updates (depending on internet / mobile network connection) will be made in FB. I'll probably only update the blog on my rest days.
It's getting exciting.
In just a little more than two months I'll be taking off for a second attempt to make it from Kohlscheid to the North Cape and back. These are links to each of the nine stages of the trip. More to come in the next weeks.
- Stage 1 (Aachen, DE to Fredrikshavn, DK
- Stage 3 (Trondheim, NO to Bodø, NO)
- Stage 4 (Moskenesøy, NO to Tromsø, NO)
- Stage 5
(Tromsø, NO to Nordkapp, NO)
- Stage 6 (Nordkapp, NO to Luleå, SE)
- Stage 7 (Luleå, SE to Stockholm, SE)
- Stage 8 (Stockholm, SE to Malmö, SE)
- Stage 9 (Copenhagen, DK to Aachen, DE)