Touring - Aggressor cycles Germany/Netherlands 2004
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10-14-03, 06:15 AM
Ok guys! I've finally set the date of my trip. The 29th August to the 30th September 2004 is when I'll actually be in Germany (or the Netherlands, of course). I am yet to plan my route, because currently I am gathering all my neccessities together and getting all my touring gear together. I'll be flying into Frankfurt, and I'll have to build my bike at the airport.
I'm seriously considering using a Travelex card while I am overseas for all my financial needs, I'm looking for someone who has had experience with these cards and would like to share their opinions of the service etc.
I'm also looking for any Germans/Dutch who would be willing to meet up and say hello and to just show me around.. maybe introduce me to a few people ;)
I'm an absolute beginner with both languages so I'll just have to battle my way through the phrasebooks..
While I'm in both countries I would like to do a bit of fishing, climbing.. the whole experience, I mean I love fishing (who doesnt!) and would like to experience what another country has to offer in the way of our little water based game.
What I'm looking for is anyone who has travelled through the two countries I have mentioned, on a bike of course.. I'm really keen to hear your tips and tales so I can get a better grip of things when I take my venture!
I appreciate anything helpful you have to offer :)
10-22-03, 04:39 AM
i dont know much about cycling in germany, but Holland is really easy. many marked road, a lot of cycle paths and it is flat!!!! but really nice I think.
Climbing in holland...mmmm, there are some halls where you can climb, but out doors... the biggest mountain is 321 meters, so..... I know in belgium there are places in the ardennes where you can do rockclimbing.
and fishing... not really my thing and I think here it is a bit boring. mostly old people sitting at a pond just waiting for something to happen. It is also possible to go fishing on the northsea, which might be more adventureous.
I live in dordrecht, near the famous windmills at kinderdijk, also very nice.
pm me for more info or if your route will bring you in the neighbourhood.
most people in holland do speak english, so it is not really neccesary to learn the dutch language.
10-22-03, 06:22 AM
I'm an absolute beginner with both languages so I'll just have to battle my way through the phrasebooks.
in the netherlands almost everyone can speak English so should be no problem. in Germany, there is also high level of English, espcially in cities and among young people, but it's alwas nice to try...
I'm also looking for any Germans/Dutch who would be willing to meet up and say hello and to just show me around.. maybe introduce me to a few people
well, i don't have much experience TOURING, but i live in Munich. in 2000 i was in Holland and rented a tandem and did 2 day trips. there are bike paths and all kinds of signed routes.
in Germany there are bike lanes and some signed routes in some cities plus a bunch of long-distance bike routes (like along the Danube where i did a 2-day bike tour in 2001)
anyhow, if you end up in Bavaria - about 200 miles southeast of Frankfurt - i'd love to meet up. or if you are up for any mountainous ride in the Alps i can provide LOTS of info...
i personally do mostly moutain biking. i am an official mountain bike guide for the German Mountain Club (DAV) and lead tours. the last 2 summers i have led a 8-9 day MTB tour across the Alps (Germany to Italy) in August - and will probably again next year. anyhow, if i am around, then would love to meet up.
i don't know if there is any good fishing here, but then i've never checked (haven't fished since i was in Texas in the 90's)
congrats on the trip and have fun planning! that is definitely a great time to travel as it is warm...
10-23-03, 07:18 AM
elsarjan - Thanks for your info. Is cycling very popular in Holland? I'm just curious as to whether there will be numerous other touring cyclists floating around while I'm on my tour. I know that if I go for a month like I plan to do I wont want to come home, so I guess I should make the most of my time there and meet as many people as possible. I'll be sure to head to the windmills so I'll let you know my route and itinerary as the date gets closer.
nathank - Hello again, I remember talking to you a while back about my tour.. I'll be learning as much German as I can before and while I am in Germany, because I know for sure I'll be back before you know it. Do you speak fluent German now? I'm just curious as to how long it takes you to learn the language while you are living amongst the people and culture. I'll be happy to meet up wherever you like. I'll probably be spending 2.5-3 weeks in Germany of my month-long tour so I'll have plenty of time to get there :) I'm pretty sure I'll be heading along the Danube, that is one of the main trails I want to conquer! Anyway, you know the dates, I'll be sure to catch up with you along the way. If you have anything else you can let me know about the locals etc.. I'd also like to know what Germans actually think of Aussies.. especially our female counterparts! I'll certainly be on the lookout :D
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