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Summer 2006: Black Forest - 1360 km
Bart and I cycled from the Netherlands to the Black Forest in Germany. Every hill seemed like a serious mountain. We learned not to bring jeans when it's raining for days and camped in the wild for the first time. Read here about Holoh, microwaving socks, and crusty bread with Nutella.
To our own surprise we managed to cycle from the Netherlands to the Mediterranean sea and back in just 3 weeks. On the Mont Ventoux we beat most cyclists to the top despite our luggage and the scorching heat. We stayed in Cassis for 3 days to enjoy the sea. The return journey was long and rainy. Read here about drinking ditch water, Ruud on his plastic bike, 'the guy with the tent', and Maple Joe.
Spring 2008: 100 Cols tour part I - 1080 km
We planned to cycle 190 km a day for 10 days to complete the first part of the 100 Cols tour, unofficially the toughest cycling route in the world. Many mountains, cold, rain, exhaustion, wind, and sun burns kept us from reaching this goal, but we came close. The train trips to France and back were just as adventurous as the cycling. Read here about drowsy bars and how you should not take the Parisian subway with a bike.
Summer 2008: 100 Cols tour part II - 2050 km
We cycled through the Pyrenees, over well-known mountains as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque, the Soudet, and again the Mont Ventoux. It was a beautiful route and we had nice weather. On the Port-de-Bales we had to improvise to repair a punctured tire. Read here about the Burdincurucheta, Akerbelz and wild camping in the center of Dijon.
Spring 2009: 100 Cols tour part III - 3100 km
Bart and I cycled as fast as possible to the south of France to continue the 100 cols tour. On the Bonette we almost froze. On our day off we climbed the Alpe d'Huez and the next day the Galibier. In a bar an old lady arranged we could sleep behind the local church. Read here about 'the oven', 'the lady with the nice melons', and sleeping in a gypsy camp.
Spring 2010: Groningen - 300 km
I cycled with my colleague Bas to the most northern tip of the Netherlands. We had a lot of rain. For Bas it was his first cycling vacation and after two days he really couldn't go anymore. Read here about pizza bakers that have all solutions and showering without a towel.
Summer 2011: Spain - 3410 km
Bart and I took a bus to the Pyrenees and cycled in 8 days to the most southern tip of Spain. It was super hot and we camped in the wild nearly every night. We spent a few days at the street of Gibraltar before cycling back north across the Pico Veleta, the highest paved road in Europe. Read here about scorpions, tumbleweeds, and cycling along highways.
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