Riding across the Dolomites in Italy
After the alps, anything seemed possible and so it made sense to give the Italian Dolomite region a fair crack. Again we were presented with ridiculously hard hill climbs, sometimes riding uphill for hours with no end seemingly in sight. Then just as you are about to give in, you round the summit and get an amazing vista before you get to coast downhill and prepare for the next climb.
A truly beautiful part of the world!!
Zurich and the alps!
A hard few days climbing up into the alps with my good mate Tim. He's flown over from Aus to join me in Zurich for the next two weeks and his legs are burning as we get higher into these mountains. Our first day was miserable, cold and wet, getting much colder as we climbed higher to the first pass. Our second day however was absolutely stunning, blue skies all around as we climbed the hills and breezed down the valleys, soaking in the amazing views all around.
Strasbourg :)Finally I've arrived again to Strasbourg! I love this city! So much history, so many pretty buildings, such great food!! Taking a couple of rest days here to really relax, see the city and enjoy the food. Have been on a walking tour to understand a little of the history and today we're heading out on bikes to slowly ride through a few of the wineries nearby.
Luxembourg has many hills!!
Leaving Germany behind I've crossed over into Luxembourg and already the hills aren't quite as fun as I'd thought. The landscape is much the same, lots of farmland and rolling hills, passing through forests and woodlands, but gone are the dedicated bikeways and now we're mostly riding with the car traffic along the road.
Luxembourg City itself is quite charming and has the atmosphere of a typical expat city. There's are some interesting old buildings and ancient ruins but otherwise the city feels a little quiet and dull. Time to keep moving south towards France
I've passed through Cologne and Bonn, slowly making my way down the Rhine river. The landscape is changing and I can feel the sun and humidty increasing as I get further south. Have been riding all day through the vineyards that grow up the super steep mountain slopes.
Crossing the Rhine and into Germany
It's only day 3 and I've already left the Netherlands behind and cycling through the German countryside. The past few days have been mostly riding through farmlands and forest, although I did venture into a cool National Park with a large Van Gogh art exhibition stuck in the middle of it
It all starts off in Amsterdam. After spending the weekend relaxing with friends it's Sunday morning and finally time to hit the road
Help me support Mental Health
Mental illness can, and does, affect us all. The past two years have been an incredibly difficult and interesting time in my life, and it's the support and care of the staff at St Vincent's that has helped us through this period.
I'm embarking on a 3 month bicycle ride across Europe, starting in Amsterdam and hoping to make it all the way to Istanbul. With your help I am raising funds on behalf of the Mental Health Unit, specifically to go towards the purchase of new exercise equipment to help patients in their journey to recovery.
Mostly riding this trip in Europe by myself, I expect a lot of time to myself to sit back and reflect, long periods of loneliness & solitude interspersed with interesting sights and people to meet along the way. I'll document and share my journey with you, hopefully providing a little inspiration of what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
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