Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

A Day in the Life / 16.09.12

We try to wake up each morning at 7 so we can be on the road at 8. For some reason, I wake up at 6:30 each morning (maybe the turning of the earth toward the sun’s rays…). I first put on my bike clothes and pack my sleeping bag and pad. Then I zip myself out of the tent and peruse the stuff, usually dew-covered in our camping spot next to a corn field or in a woods. After whatever is most urgent, I flick a few slugs off of the CAMP GEAR bag, and pull out what we need for breakfast–most often bread, cheese, fruit, jam, and chocolate spread. Then I begin to load our trailer, Bob. Bob has been good to us, but also has received his fair share of curses, especially when we’re going up steep hills. It’s really not his fault. We put him up to it.

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Home Stays / 14.09.12

As we were drying out our tents in Michael’s yard in Geneva, I began to think about the notion of
security. We were so grateful to be here, in a yard, where we could spread out our stuff to dry and have a hot shower and sleep under a roof… All these things are benefits and trappings of what we sometimes call the pursuit of security. And we were loving it. In fact, it kept us going to have these “security checkpoints” (so to speak). All of these security checkpoints for us were offers of hospitality and welcome from those who had gained some security in life.

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Freiburg / 14.09.12


Freiburg, a set on Flickr.

Sunday Water Break, Ichenheim, Germany / 05.09.12


It was Sunday.  In Germany, at least along the Rhein river’s collection of small villages, everything is shut down on Sundays. Our bicycle touring group was winding its way southward along the river pathway for bikes, and we were in need of a drinking water refill.

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Freiburg / 04.09.12


Trains, Planes, and Automobiles / 23.08.12

Our journey from Michigan proved three things for us – traveling together with all our stuff for 5 months takes patience, perseverance, and prayer.

First, we managed to break down our tandem and get it packed up with other gear, and still keep each full sized suitcase under 50 lbs. (Thanks Rod for help and Bill and Tina for the space to do that for 3.5 hours).
With a soft roof case and a bike rack, all 4 of us fit with our bikes and gear into Devin’s Chevy Malibu for the 10 hour journey to Tori’s relatives near Rochester, NY. [patience/perseverence]

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