Why bike touring?
Introduced to travelling and the outdoors by my parents on our family’s traditional hill walking and Nordic skiing holidays, I’ve complemented these family outings with outdoorsy summer camps throughout Europe. At the age of 16 I went on my first longer trip abroad, spending a High School Year in the US. That’s when I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, which has never left me since. After school I spent a year as a volunteer in a children’s home in Israel, returning a couple of years later for another year to study in Jerusalem.
Since then, I’ve been travelling up and down Europe, mainly hiking, skiing and doing some WWOOFING as well. But apart from my times abroad, I’ve never been on journeys lasting longer than six weeks. And my last bike trip has been a while ago, too. Thus, I decided a prolonged cycle tour was past due.
For a while I’ve fancied the North Sea Cylce Tour – a route that circles through seven countries around the North Sea. But I wanted to take it a step further, and after some research I came upon the Euro Velo routes. And that’s when it clicked: a tour crossing Europe from north to south. I will cycle about 10.000 km from North Cape to the Rock of Gibraltar – roughly following the Atlantic coast line via Norway, Scotland, (Northern) Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.
Doing this on a bike just comes natural. I don’t own a car. I use my bike for all urban mobility and there’s little else which gives me more peace, calm and happiness than riding my bike. Thus, here I am, taking up a new challenge. Leaving work, family and friends behind for half a year and starting out on an incredible tour.