Fortnight til flying out

Well, I guess it’s time to get this show on the road.

The bike’s ordered. I didn’t want a dedicated touring bike because I want something on which I could whizz around town when I get home.

At the same time, I wanted something that will be able to cop a few nudges here and there, so I ended up choosing a Surly Cross Check Single Speed:

Bicycle Parallax
The bike just prior to departure. (Prague)


It isn’t the prettiest bike in the world, and I’ve made a couple of modifications to it, replacing the stock handlebars with bullhorns wrapped in brown grip-tape, and some skinnier wheels for a bit less drag.

So now that the bike is just about sorted, I have to work out what extras I’ll need.

Considering that the route that I’m taking is fairly straight forward – don’t leave the massive rivers and head west – I think I’ll skip on a GPS and stick with the paper maps.

I have a 2.5kg tent, but every kilo counts, so I might see if I can find something even lighter.

I’ll have to pack a little more frugally than the typical tourer because of my decision to go single speed, but it’s a lot easier to pick up supplies on the way than send them home.

I haven’t booked any accommodation yet. Oops. Apparently there’s a hostel in the Black Forest that’s in an old castle, so you know I’m ’bout it, ’bout it.

Ciao ciao for now now,




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