Saying goodbye to our friends and family, temperatures way below zero and a lot of hospitality. Our first week of cycling was a very cold one but with a lot of heartwarming moments. After more than a year of preparations, it was finally time to take off on our life-long dream of cycling around the world. A last warm goodbye and it was time to step up on our bikes into the freezing cold.
The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of last-minute arrangements, updating our gear and farewell parties, but last Saturday this all came to an end. After a night with a little bit sleep and a lot of nerves, it was time to say goodbye to our family and friends. Lots of people came to show their support and we couldn’t have wished for a better way to start our journey. After having a great last breakfast together it was time to hit the road. Saying goodbye like this was very emotional and the first few hours of cycling, we lived in a very weird atmosphere. We’ve never felt such mixed emotions before and tears of both joy and sadness all came at the same time. The feeling of such freedom is still rushing through our veins and it is all very overwhelming. After a year of being so busy with all of the preparations, it’s such a great feeling that we are actually on the road and that our journey has become reality instead of staying a dream.
Beast from the East
The first week has been one with very cold temperatures due to the Siberian Cold Front. We’ve cycled with a lot of headwinds and temperatures between -5 and -12 during the daytime. The first days we planned to cycle around 100 kilometers per day. But because of the temperatures we’re worried about the dogs and decided to cut this distances in half. Luckily during these cold days, a pig-farmer in Samern, a friendly family in Emsdetten and a potato-farmer in Warendorf provided us with a place to sleep and a hot shower. It was a very welcoming experience and the pig-farmer was so enthusiast about our journey that he even called the regional newspaper to interview us the next day.
We are amazed by the hospitality of the people we met in Germany, there is always time for a cup of coffee, a good conversation or sharing a meal together. When asking for a place to put our tent, many people offered us a warm room or even a private bungalow to rest in instead. Although we just are just started, it is really heartwarming to experience such great kindness and sympathy.
We want to thank our family, friends, and hosts for the kindness they gave us in the first week.
For now, we hope on lots of tailwinds, warm rays of sunshine and that we may meet many more great people.