This years first local market visit in Dortmund.

This morning Carmen cycled with her new Stevens trekking bike to the local market, bought some flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits – off course without plastic wrapping – and met some of our friends for a coffee.

If the weather is as great as in Dortmund this weekend, enjoy it and go out for a ride or walk.

Let us know what you have you planned to do something good for yourself this weekend: ”walk, run & roll”. :))

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Surprise, surprise

After a rainy and stormy Ireland and a freezing-cold and snowy week in Germany, finally we had great weather conditions last Sunday. The sun was shining, 6°C and we jumped on our bikes. Cycling on our new Stevens trekking bikes across and around Dortmund, brought us some nice surprises.

First we saw along the ”Emscher-Radweg” a stork catching fishes for his lunch. 🙂 Via the largest legal graffiti wall the ”Rennbahnmauer” in Wambel, we stopped for a coffee break, at a bakery in Dutch style: ”Das Schürener Backparadies”. The staff was running around in typical Dutch farmer style and they even sold the one and only ”Calvé Pindakaas” and ”De Ruijter Geboortemuisjes”.

Udo, the guy from Berlin and one of the older staff members but no Dutch at all, told us, while cleaning the tables, about his funny experiences with his grandma at the mortician and promised Marc to talk with his boss if it is possible to bake some original Dutch ”tompoucen” for Kingsday. That bakery will be our cycling target on April 27th again definitely :))))

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Downtime in Ireland.

Thinking, talking, reading, drawing, writing, cooking, walking and cycling. Four weeks away from daily stress. Focussing on ourselves, our goals and time to reflect the time in the past.

We love this country because of the people, their focus of basic things in life, the beautiful scenery and off course: the whiskey :)))

The wind, the rain and cold stopped us from cycling a lot during our one month downtime in one of our favorite countries: Ireland. We did it just once, therefore we went for daily walks and saw amazing sceneries at any time of the day. All in all more we have been walking more than 200 kilometer. That‘s a better start as last year. :)))

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oh, nooooo… plastic rubbish everywhere.

In our daily life we already avoid to buy products wrapped in plastic. During one of our walks and stops in the local pub ”Blind Pipers” of Caherdaniel we met a local guy, Vincent Hyland. We had an interesting talk with him.

Vincent Hyland  told us about his activities to save environment in Derrynane and the beautiful nature around and the daily amount of plastic and micro-plastic washed up on the beaches of the coastline in southwest Ireland. Remember, this is the coastline of the Atlantic. Vincent told us that the plastic bottles, rings, etc come from USA and showed us images and videos filmed by himself with fishes and a dying shark which were injured by plastic waste. . Isn’t that crazy.

The following days we walked through the scenery with the following images as result. It’s a shame. Awful.

 

Fahrzeuge raus, Fahrräder rein.

Nachdem bereits Carmen ihr Auto Opfer viel am Januar-Sturm und einen wirtschaftlichen Totalschade unterlag, und ich mein Leasing Diesel-SUV zurückgegeben habe, haben wir kein Fahrzeug mehr in unseren Haushalt. Stattdessen haben wir uns 2 neuen megacoole Trekking Räder vom deutschen Hersteller Stevens geleistet. Die freundlichen und kompetenten Jungs von „Das Rad” aus Dortmund haben uns wieder mit Rat und Tat zur Seite gestanden. Die Umtauschaktion “Alt gegen neu” hat sich dann gleich doppelt rentiert.
Schon ein komisches aber gutes Gefühl nach 35 Jahren, kein Auto mehr zu haben. Warum so einen Schritt?

Erstens, in einer Stadt wie Dortmund, mit Überfluss an Auto‘s und Mangel an Parkplätze, ist kein Platz für so ein Fahrzeug. Da komme ich auf ein Fahrrad besser zu recht und bin erheblich schneller an Ort und Stelle. Ausserdem gibt‘s für die längere Strecken wunderbaren Alternativen z.B. Fahrzeug mieten, Carsharing oder die öffentliche Verkehrsmittel.

Zweitens, nach dem Dieselskandal ein Deutsches Fahrzeug zu fahren, ist kein Option mehr für mich.

Drittens ein SUV, wie bequem und sicher das Fahrzeug auch ist, ist umweltbelastend.

Viertens, ich habe vor zusammen mit Carmen noch viele Stunden auf dem Fahrrad zu verbringen und viele Ziele auf dieser Welt zu bereisen.

Fünftes, Luxus ist nicht dass was uns glücklich macht. Wir sparen das Geld und investieren es in unsere Wünsche und Ziele, nämlich reisen und Rad fahren.

Sechstens, Fahrrad fahren macht irre Spaß, wir treiben Sport, ist gesund und belasten die Umwelt nicht. Was wollen wir mehr. 🙂)

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Vätternrundan 2017: a marathon around a Swedish lake

Starting in the evening and finishing more than 20 hours later. Our experience during the 300 kilometers cycling marathon around the Vättern lake in Sweden.

 

Big Apple by bike: the 5 Boro Bike Tour in 2017

1 day, 5 Boros and more then 30.000 cyclists across the heart of the city which never sleeps: New York.