From the satrting point in Switzerland, I first went to Germany, before crossing the French boarder. After 2 days I arrived in in Luxembourg. Shortly after I cycled on Belgian soil and then the Netherlands as final destination of the trip.
Short recap of the adventure
Find below the daily logs and some impressions of the adventure.
Log DAY 1 - Schlossrued > Strasbourg
Took off shortly after 10am and made it to Strasbourg (200km) just with the dark. The headwind gave me lemons but the nice places I passed compensated everything. It is colder than expected so Ian happy I bought a warm sleeping bag a week ago. Lay back and enjoy the nice pictures.
Distance: ~ 200 km
Elevation: + 850 m
Log DAY 2 - Strasbourg - Saarbrücken - Luxembourg
The bad thing about a warm sleeping bag is, that it’s damn hard to get out of it when it’s cold. I had to kick myself hard but finally got it at 4:30 am. Crossed Strasbourg and share the city with lots of Party people on their way home - funny and strange. Nice sunrise but suddenly a drop to freezing temperatures froze my ass of. After serious navigation issues to find my my way out of Saarbrücken, it finally warmed up so I had a nice ride to the famous Saarschlaufe and then Luxemburg. Legs are fine and stomach back in shape. The hardest part ( at least on paper) will be tomorrow, nearly 3000 m elevation gain on 170km.
Live is beautiful!
Distance: ~ 240 km
Elevation: + 2000 m
Log DAY 3 - Luxembourg > Liége (Lüttich)
Luxembourg gave a unexpected surprise to say good bye (must watch attached movie). Rain started just when I took of and then kept fighting with the sun and strong winds till I arrived in Liege (aka Lüttich) well know for its classic road bike race. There were a lot of steep hills and some real mountain biking sections. With a high of only 8C and lots of leafs on the ground it felt like fall arrived.
Distance: ~ 180 km
Elevation: + 2400 m
Log DAY 4 - Liége (Lüttich) > Eindhoven > Rotterdam
After about 2 h sleep I woke up and checked the weather forecast. As they announced rain and heavy winds in the morning I left Liége at 2 a.m. The rain started just when I crossed the boarder to the Netherlands at 7 a.m and did not stop till 4 p.m. Arriving in Eindhoven for breakfast and as I was so good in time, I decided to add Rotterdam instead of of going straight to Amsterdam. 240 km is a poor distance for approx 14 hours riding but with the headwind and rain I’m happy it’s over for today. Tomorrow I will ride to and along the beach towards Amsterdam, the finale destination of my so far incredible journey.
Distance: ~ 230 km
Elevation: + 660 m
Log DAY 5 - Rotterdam > Delft > Den Haag > Amsterdam
Exactly 4 days after I left sweet home I heard the braking waves of the northern sea. I cycled along the beach, stopped to reflect all the things I experienced and enjoyed the moment. The rest of the day I strolled towards Amsterdam, eat fish salad and had a few well deserved beers, I therefore arrived a bit to late to find a room. So the adventure continues...
Distance: ~ 130 km
Elevation: + 250 m
Log DAY 6 - Amsterdam
The adventure of last night had nothing to do with cycling but rather to find a place to sleep. All hotels were either booked out, ridiculously expensive or asked me to leave my OSPA out on the streets of Amsterdam. No way - both or none was the obvious response. As a consequence I had to find a place, what turned out to be a real challenge but finely worked. Today I toured around and visited several bike shops to find new bike stuff/gear. For tonight I have aproper room/bed and tomorrow 6:30 am the train leaves to Switzerland.
Distance: ~ 25 km
Elevation: + 50 m
A video with a short review of the Additiv Bike Bag V2 and the Camelback Chase Vest I tried out during this tour will follow.