On Saturday Matteo asked for a warmshowers overnight stay and of course we hosted him. As usual, we met a very interesting person and enjoyed his stories: He's from a little town between Venice and Padua in northern Italy and spends most of the year travelling around Europe. This time he flew into Hamburg / Germany and collected the bike he had bought on ebay for only 20 Euros!!! What a relaxed and optimistic attitude to cycle touring ...So now he is cycling south through Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and all the way back to Italy which he will reach in about three or four months. Wow, what an adventure!So, we wish Matteo all the best for his trip. Stay safe, Matteo!
Samstag mittag fragt Matteo über warmshowers.org an, ob er ein Bett für eine Nacht haben könnte und natürlich konnte er! Matteo ist aus Italien und wohnt in einem kleinen Ort zwischen Venedig und der Universitätsstadt Padua, durch welche ich letztes Jahr auf meiner RUD-Tour auch gefahren bin. Matteo lebt alleine und verbringt viel Zeit auf der Straße, er war bereits überall in Europa, auch in Bulgarien, Serbien, Kosovo usw. Jetzt kommt er aus Hamburg, will weiter nach Eindhoven, Belgien, Frankreich und schließlich in 3 bis 4 Monaten wieder in Norditalien ankommen.
Seine Einstellung zum Leben und zum Reisen ist extrem entspannt, was man auch seinem gewählten Fahrrad ansieht: Ein mindestens 25 Jahre altes Rad mit einer Torpedo-3-Gang Schaltung und alten Reifen, denen ich persönlich mein Leben nicht anvertrauen würde ...
Auf jeden Fall wünschen wir Matteo eine sichere Fahrt und gute Heimkehr!
Congratulations, son! Fourth place in the K2 200m sprint in this year's National Championships - The gold medal goes to Ronald Rauhe / Timo Haseleu. Ronald won the bronze medal in Rio 2016 in 32.06 in K1 and in the K2 ended in fifth place with Tom Liebscher in 32.48. Niklas Böhme and his partner Jürgen Schüle came in at 33.89 s. Considering that Niklas did not have as much time for training as in previous years, this is very successful.
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Follow a great cycle tourist: Dave "Slowtour" Renton.
I met Dave on the banks of the river "Rhine" in 2011 and we got along well for a couple of days. Dave was on a three-month tour of the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Spain and back to France. He flew back to his home in Tasmania with a bagfull of great experiences and a wonderful collection of stories.
In July 2015 we intended to cycle the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the USA and then cross the North American continent to the Atlantic together but unfortunately Dave had to go and cut his trip short with an accident! So, as you know by now, I had to go on that trip all by myself.
And right now, on June 30, Dave is back in Canada and touring on Vancouver Island to then head up to the Icefields Parkway in British Columbia.
I will be following his trip closely and maybe some of you are interested as well - so join his blog on "Crazy Guy On A Bike": https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=17687&v=37
Day 77 - Fairfax, VA to Fredericksburg, VA, Oct. 4th, 2015
Good to be on the road again after three days of being pampered by my wonderful friends in Fairfax. First stop on my tour to the historic towns of Virginia: Fredericksburg ....
The route there was not particularly nice because there was no alternative but to take the "less travelled" highway as opposed to the Interstate - see image below.
Knowing about the battles in and around that city is one thing but seeing those places and landmarks plus watching a 20-minute documentary in the visitor's center is another. The town keeps its national heritage alive and even marks Confederate trenches and cannon sites in their originial places.
My first impression of my warmshowers hosts for tonight was a garage full of bicycles including two tandems! Bruce is active with the boyscouts and he regularly takes groups of boys on cycling tours. In summer 2014 a group of 10 boys between 15 and 18 plus 4 adults, rode from San Francisco, Stinson Beach, to Virginia Beach, VA in 64 days, accompanied by two vehicles. Among other things Bruce was so overwhelmed by the hospitality the whole group encountered with warmshowers hosts that he decided to give some of that back to the cycling community. So he and his wife hosted 68!! cyclists in 18 months. Wow, that's impressive. Fredericksburg is situated at a crossroad of cycling routes ...
The concept underlying this tour is interesting: the boys (all scouts) have to show a lot of dedication in the phase of preparation, they have to find their own funding through work (washing cars etc), they have to develop enough stamina on a bike to do not only 100 miles, but 200 miles in 24 hours, and they sign all those rules including the rule that they cannot back out at the last moment. Bruce sees all this as a wonderful way to develop the young people's personality - and I agree. The sense of achievement after the trip must be very rewarding indeed.
Finally, Bruce gave me the information about a recently opened cycling path from Richmond to Williamsburg, the Virginia Capital Trail, which I will take ....
This is the "less busy" highway from DC to Fredericksburg - the alternative is an Interstate ...
This bird was relentless, two cars went by and it didn't even twitch!
The city of Fredericksburg has an almost European feel to it - almost all houses are of stone bricks ...
History is everywhere ...
Ok, so George Washington was here.
In a large antiques shop you see Civil War memorabilia everywhere.
I'm not sure I would pay 700$ for that dinosaur ...
Grow your own - what a difference to the real life I see everywhere!
Kids back then must have had awful abilities (magic, voodoo, telepathy??) to take selfies without touching the camera!
At this place the Confederates tried in vain to stop the Union soldiers crossing the the river - but won the battle nevertheless - at a high price.
But of course Fredericksburg has a much older history, too.
I just had to go into the "German" pub and try " eine Mass". The bar tender wore a Dirndl and when I asked her she admitted that no, she did not like wearing it, but it was her uniform ...
I was wondering about this house - A Podiatrist, a driving school and the sign "Union Branch of true Vine (UBTV)" and it was so baffling that I googled it. My result? See here: http://aviewoffredericksburg.blogspot.com/2010/06/meaning.html#comment-form