Edirne, April 19
I’ve been on the road now for a month and a week. Cycling from the Netherlands to, well in the direction of, China. It has been a great trip so far but I almost had to give up in week two and head home. But I’m still rolling!
I overestimated myself and tried to do 120 km a day the first months of my trip. That went well the first week but in week two I went east and things went south. My knees exploded and every pedalstroke was hell. I had some rest days, increased saddle height, lowered my average daily distance but as soon as I started cycling again the pain was back. More rest days and opting for the flat Danube river route, and a lot of ibuprofen, did the trick.
I followed the Danube river from Linz to Shishtov. Nice route, especially the Iron Gate section in Serbia, but not spectacular. The people and the cities, on the other hand, were unlike anything I have ever experienced. People are welcoming and willing to give you a seat at their table, cities and villages look like time hasn’t passed since the soviet era.
Today I have a rest day in Edirne, Turkey. Beautiful city, once the capital of the Ottoman empire.
Special thanks to:
Toni in Hildburghausen for beeing a great coachsurfhost and st Patricksday drinking buddy
Petr in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis!) for giving me a place to stay when I could barely walk
Longtour Bike Camp in Serbia for a great stay and usefull information on the Danube cycle route
Ludjo and Maya and the other regulars of the camping in Panicherevo Bulgaria for a place at their table and a share of their Rakiya, which is better than whiskey.
Trakya Bisiklet in Edirne for fixing my bike and offering a place for the weary cyclist to recover.
My mother in law for giving me GPX backup.
Still winter on the German roads
This building really wants me do something cultural.
Ceske Budejovice, or Budweis! Czech Republic
Perfect weather in the Balaton region, not a single camping open.
Oh look a parade! It turned out to be a funeral and I felt embarrassed for taking pictures.
The Iron Gate in Serbia
The Union of the Gay Duck
Salad, pivo and rakia! This were the left-overs from lunch the locals gave me when I arrived at the campsite at 17:00. An hour later I was invited for dinner.
When in Turkey do as the Turks, Edirne.