Back in 2008/2009, I was living in a small town called Tapes where I would study Environmental Management for a year. There I meet some colleagues that presented me to what I’d later know as Bike Touring. At that point in time, the ideas I was discussing with my friends were something like: we should travel to Uruguay by bike; should we cross to Argentina maybe? Well, what I can say is the destination now is a different one.

It never happened, unfortunately. However, I kept the idea and later when I move to Blumenau in late 2012 I was convinced that I’d ride on a bike tour around there. There are plenty not only on the surroundings but also on the state capital, Florianópolis, where you can ride on the island while visiting and enjoying the beaches there. That time I got a folding bike, which was the only bike that would fit in a ~35m² apartment, and that I’ve used to ride around in Blumenau. Anyway, neither of my plans for a bike tour there happened and I even sold my bike later.

As you already know if you have read the previous posts from this blog, I’m now into cycling once again. Actually, Luísa and I are into cycling and we’ve planned a bike tour from Berlin to Copenhagen. We are departing on April 19 and planning to get there on April 28, if everything goes right – and I’m sure it will. Apparently, this is a well-known bike tour and people usually do it as a family adventure. It has also an exclusive website that gives you all the information you need for your journey, it’s called Bike-Berlin-Copenhagen. There’s also a collection on Komoot that is going to be handy on our journey. We have found many videos about this tour on Youtube, there’s even a funny one from a Brazilian group that did it in 7 days.

It’s going to be an interesting journey as we are planning to stay at bike+bed, which is a bed & breakfast with a safe place to park your bike and also camping along the way. I hope this turns into a bike touring/bikepacking at its best!

This is a 700km ride and it’s long enough for a first ride. Nevertheless, we are preparing ourselves training for it. By the way, Luísa is going to run a half marathon one week before the trip, so she’s going to be on an excellent fitness level. I’m not doing such endeavor, but I’m riding my bike at home on a smart trainer – which is pretty cool! I’m thinking that we can manage to ride around 80km~90km every day, splitting it by turns, like half in the morning and a half during the afternoon. Sounds like a plan.

Moreover, recently we did a short ride of 40km on a slow pace that took around 3h to complete, on really bad weather – headwinds, 8 ºC, and rain. It was nice as an experiment even that we were not carrying any weight, but also to experience how we would manage riding at those weather conditions.

Besides our fitness level, we’ll need to be clever about packing. It’s easy to take too many things on a trip like this. That’s going to be the next step and I’m planning to share it here. ‍♀️‍♂️

Published by Daniel Salvagni

A Brazilian front-end developer currently based in Berlin.

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