After riding 350 kms on Vittorio I wasn't ready to ditch him in Koblenez so I could set off for Berlin and Copenhagen. I was determined to take him back to Australia with me. Only problem is I was to take the train around Germany and Denmark. This shouldn't be too difficult as I'd seen loads of people with their bikes on the train.
Tips for taking bikes on trains
I loved seeing all the bikes on the trains. So many people are doing bike trips all around Europe and using the train to get to the starting or from the end points. Train + Bike = Bike touring adventure
Actually there were so many people on the trains that I wasn't able to get a spot on the train to Copenhagen. So I had to ditch him in Berlin. Luckily I had a good friend to pass him onto, who then passed him on to another friend. I think Vittorio is still in Berlin, last seen with some Canadian chicks.
This winter break I had plans to meet my good friend Carlee in Berlin. I had 3 weeks off work and no other real plans. Until I discovered the European cycle networks and I found EuroVelo 15, an epic 1000 kilometre ride along the Rhine river from Switzerland to Rotterdam. I was roped in straight away. The only challenge was I didn't have a bike. Sorted after several visits to bikes shops and pawn shops around Amsterdam.
The Plan: Cycle from Amsterdam to Cologne
Timeframe: 1 week
Distance: 350 kms
Start Date: 15th July 2014
End Date: 23rd July 2014
Where did I get my bike from?
I went around a few bike shops in Amsterdam and several second hand bike shops but most of the bikes were cruisers or super pricey. I had nearly given up and was lost in the suburbs of Amsterdam when I found a small shop that was selling Vittorio for 95 Euro.
So how much did the equipment cost?
Here are a few link links
I was prepared for changing flat tyres but things I weren't prepared for were: