The departure

Leaving this time was different. After our first 20-month cycle trip from Germany to New Zealand we had spent 15 months in the South of Germany with my family, me working as a communications freelancer and Johan building up his own vintage bike sale. We both knew that it was too soon for us to settle down, so we were preparing for our second big journey. Some family events prevented us from leaving earlier and sometime in April this year we decided to start cycling again as of August into the unknown and without a fixed return date. We chose the old silk route from East to West, beginning in Kyrgyzstan as we had left out Central Asia during our last trip as some of the regions we wanted to cycle aren’t accessible at winter time.

The route was quickly set, new and old sponsors aboard – Rohloff and Idworx – but getting the gear ready was a different task. We considered ourselves seasoned touring cyclists, but choosing the right gear for both hot summer and cold winter temperatures became a challenge. We weren’t prepared to buy all things new, but also knew we had to pack light as we would attempt to ride the second highest highway on this planet – the Pamir Highway. I as always was more concerned about our health and taking good food with us, Johan on the contrary being very weight conscious and having the final word on what could go and what had to stay – even the number of tampons I intended to take was worth a discussion. We sold our old bikes and bought new ones knowing we would most of the time ride on unpaved and unmaintained roads. We are very grateful that Idworx and Rohloff made this possible for us! On the evening of August 1 all panniers, bags and boxes were packed and sealed and ready for take off.

Different was the fact, that we had much more time to pack up our stuff and clear our apartment, as we only had to fill boxes, dismantle our furniture and carry everything one floor up as we thankfully are able store everything at my brother’s house. Not that there weren’t any hickups or we didn’t get stressed in the end – some last job assignments had to be finished, tax and insurance things settled and farewells arranged with friends and family from near and far.

And finally – after a last breakfast with my parents and my brother’s family, some tears shed and some sad goodbyes we took off in the morning of August 2 to embark onto our new adventure and to become cycling nomads once again.

Leaving to the airport with my father
Leaving to the airport with my father

New Year – New Adventure

Our new bikes have arrived – a big thank you to our sponsors Idworx and Rohloff. And now is the time to let you know that we’ll embark on a new cycling adventure – on new bikes and renewed spirits.

After our 20-month cycling tour from Germany to New Zealand from 2012 to 2014 and a break of more than a year in South Germany we are excited to join the cycle touring community once more. On August 2, 2015 we’ll fly to Bishkek, Kyrgysztan and from there we are planning to cycle via Tajikistan, Usbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, United Arab Emirates to Oman. What’s next still needs to be discussed.

We are looking forward to sharing our stories with you and even more so to stay in touch with all of you. We’ll also continue to blog in English and German and update our Facebook page (where possible) more regularly.

For now, stay tuned for more, be safe and see you soon!

Johan and Baerbel


Unsere neuen Fahrräder sind da – ein herzliches Dankeschön an unsere Sponsoren Idworx und Rohloff! Jetzt ist es auch an der Zeit, euch alle wissen zu lassen, dass wir uns wieder ins nächste Radelabenteuer stürzen – auf neuen Rädern und mental und körperlich aufgetankt!

Nach unserer ersten großen Radreise von Deutschland nach Neuseeland von 2012 bis 2014 und mehr als einem Jahr Pause in Süddeutschland freuen wir uns riesig, wieder auf unsere Räder umzusteigen. Am 2. August fliegen wir nach Bishkek in Kirgisistan, um von dort über Tadschikistan, Usbekistan, Iran, die Vereinten Arabischen Emirate in den Oman zu radeln. Wie es dann weitergeht, steht noch in den Sternen.

Hier werden wir ab August über unsere Erfahrungen berichten und wir hoffen, so mit euch allen in Kontakt bleiben zu können. Wie gehabt bloggen wir in Deutsch und Englisch und versuchen – wo immer das möglich ist – unsere Facebook-Seite regelmäßiger zu aktualisieren.

Bis dahin, alles Liebe und bis ganz bald!

Johan und Bärbel