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Cycling to Paris and some useful experiences

After last years bicycle tour to Karlstad I had found my passion, Long Haul Tracking.

I started from Kalmar which is located in southeastern Sweden. Previously I have lived and worked in Kalmar and have left some dear friends whom I greeted before my France trip.

For this bike ride I had bought a new, more touring fitted bike and better panniers.

The first part of the bicycle trip, about 350 km, went to Trelleborg from where the ferry to Rostock departs.

One night on the ferry, sleeping on very short couch then I was in the former East Germany and Rostock with a bad back.

The rest of my journey ( 1000 km) was quite easy, only few days with rain one puncture but I hade some problems (Two) other than cycling.

The next biggest problem I had was in Hamburg, I run out of battery for my mobilephone and GPS puck and no maps. It took me seven hours to get out of Town.

How many time I crossed river Elbe had I stop counting for. I passed same BP gasolinstation six times.
At three o’clock in the morning I could crawl down into my sleeping bag.

The most serious problem when I came to Rocroi a small france village on the other side of Belgium border.

I visited a bank for some cash withdrawal. Right next to me stood two young children maybe 10-12 years old watching when I took out some cash. Did not notice anything!!

Next day when I had to pay for a hotel room, did I find that my bank cards and my passport were gone?

It was Sunday and I had to wait until I arrived in Paris the next day and without valid identification, and it turned out that it was impossible to withdraw money without valid identification.
My driving license did not work as an ID. Only passport

Had to visit the Swedish embassy and a service woman wrote a letter and attested who I was so that at a Western Union bank I could cash withdraw just over 200 €.

My two days and three nights in Paris was saved as well as my trip home. This was another important experience i just learned – “It’s wise not to have all your ‘eggs in one basket.

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I´m prepared and expectant before the trip to Paris and Eiffel Tower. I have bought a new bicycle and panniers so lets go

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Karlshamn inner harbor bay, few km later I put up my tent 

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Åhus is a small village in Skåne County, about 9400 inhabitants, but the number triples during the summer due to tourists. Åhus is also famous for Icecream

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Skåne is an agricultural landscape and this blue-yellow cow may represent that the farmers want us to buy Swedish milk

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My last tentcamping in Sweden, few km from Ystad

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Here lived the famous detective Inspector Wallander, who occurs in many Swedish criminal television series

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The coastal road to Trelleborg from Ystad was flat but the headwind was awful

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After more than 300 km, I arrive to Trelleborg and patiently wait to get on board the ferry to take me to Rostock

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After a night on the ferry sleeping on a too short and uncomfortable couch we arrived Rostock in early morning. Into Rostock it was easy cycling, traffic was sparse

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German pastry is sweet but tasty and a cup of coffe early in the morning is never wrong. I did stay in Rostock to around 14.00 then I headed my bicycle for Lubeck

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Beech forest is common in Germany and it is always very special to cycle through a beech forest alley.

The foliage is spreading the light so beautifully.

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Late afternoon I cycled into Lubeck and the first thing I did was to find a place to rinse my throat with a beer and then give my belly what it asked for.

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Holsten Gate is a city gate marking in the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. And it´s very old, built in 1464

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I arrived Hamburg before noon and I felt pleased but I was also in need of a shower so I stayed at a bathhouse on the outskirts of Hamburg.

After a couple of hour in the bath house and new fresh clothes I was more than pleasant.

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I stayed in Hamburg until late afternoon without doing anything much, just wander around and peek.

What I did not have an eye on was battery level for my devices and without a map is almost impossible to get out of town.

It took me seven hours and I crossed Elbe more than once. I passed same BP gasstation six times before I found a road who took me out of town
Three o´clock in the morning I crawl down into my sleeping bag.

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Osnabrück was a pleasant surprise to me, especially the old town, where I stopped for a coffee and a German pastry

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In this part of Osnabrück, the streets are crowded but cozy to go through.
There are lots of small nice shops and coffee shops to visit. Many of the houses are old but very well kept.

Worth a visit

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More nice and friendly bicycle path – I LOVE IT

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as a bicyclist in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium I feelt that my status as a road user is higher than in Sweden.

I many cities there are special markings on the streets that indicate that it is intended for cyclists – I like that

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Now I´m in Holland or Netherlands. Everything works fine, no bicycle problems and I feel healthy and my mind is on the top

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After a week of good weather, the gates of heaven opened just before crossing the river Maas to Masstrich and the rain poured down and I got soaked but…

– Every cloud has a silver lining –

The rain cleared the air from all dust and it felt immediately more breathable!

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To cycle by the creeks and rivers is always nice.

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I entered Liege late afternoon and I already decide to not stop here just passing by but I did a quick stop for watching this bridge over the river Meuse/Maas in blue light

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Lots of small villages and many of them boasts medieval fortresses or castles

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Cooblestone and rain is not a optimal combination if you are on two wheels

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The Meuse/Mass river is a faithful companion through Belgium

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I’m soon in France and from Fumay I had my first Ascent, about 2-3 km

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Another small and nice town

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My first and only puncture, That´s all

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This hotel was the last one before Paris and when I was paying for my hotel room I discovered that my passport and bankcard was gone.

Lucky for me I had tucked away some cash

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I had reached my destination, 1300 km, Paris and Eiffel Tower

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First find a safe place to lockup my bicycle. Then its remains 1100 steps to the top

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 – Elevator?

 – No

– Did I cycled 1300 km can I manage 1100 steps to the top

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Wow, What a view

300 metres down Sein is floating through Paris

Adorable beautiful view, my words fail

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The white City is down below. In clear weather you can see 70 km

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Sun worshipers even in Paris. 

The residents takes every chance to sunbathe by the Sein

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Of course, you could not miss a visit to Notre Dame

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My hotel room was just above the metro, every seven minutes my hotel room shaked

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My last dinner in Paris

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See Yeah Next Year from Ireland

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