Where are you riding?
We are riding from Barcelona, Spain to the Baltic Sea in Germany and then down to Berlin. Check out our rough route.
How long will this take?
We don’t really know but we estimate about 5 months.
How many kms in total?
5000km give or take 1000 🙂
How many kms do you do per day?
40-60km depending on how evenly spaced towns are. This is about 3-4 hours or riding – it is much slower with all our luggage and toddler.
Where do you stay?
We mostly camp unless it is pouring with rain and then we might treat ourselves to a cheap hotel. So we are obviously carrying sleeping bags, tent, cooker and sleeping mats. We also use warmshowers.org, which is a fantastic hosting website for cycle tourers. Thanks to all the amazing people who have put us up!
Where does Amaya sleep?
She sleeps on a sleeping mat next to us.
What do you do for food?
We prepare our own. We have a small cooker (Trangia that runs on metholayted spirits). Our menu will adapt to whatever food is available. One of our go-to meals is pesto pasta with tuna fish, onion capsicum and zucchini (anything tastes great after a day of cycling!)
Is it dangerous?
Yes. Our biggest concern is being hit by a car or truck. We just hope this doesn’t happen. Accidents can happen anywhere even when one isn’t attempting something adventurous.
Do your bums get sore?
No. We have buns of steel – heh! No really, they don’t. We have Brooks saddles which are made of molded leather and are super comfortable. Our padded bike pants help too I’m sure. So while our legs hurt everyday – our bums are happy.
What kind of bikes are you riding?
We are riding custom built Surly bikes. They are touring bikes that Michael has spent a lot of time getting just right for our journey. The baby trailer is a Burley d”lite and is affectionally called “el cochecito magico” (magic buggy).
How heavy is Mic’s bike with the trailer?
Including Amaya (but not including Mic) we estimate the whole setup to be 80kgs. Not particularly easy up hills!
Is it challenging with a 2 year old?
Yes, but it would be regardless of whether we were riding or not. I think this question warrants an entire post.
What does Amaya do in the trailer?
She sings songs, reads books, sleeps, plays with her toys and looks out the window. She loves it! Check out the clip below for a small insight…
If there are any other burning questions feel free to ask in the comments 🙂