Hall of Trotters

Trotter 24: Burak, Çorlu to Istanbul (TUR)












Trotter 23: Ognyan, Varna(BG) to Çorlu (TUR)




















Trotter 22: Alexandru Popescu, Constanta(RO) to Varna (BG)





















I don't exactly recall where I heard about GlobalBikeTrotting, Fb, Twitter, the internets. It was June or possibly early July, thought it was a funny enough project, a bamboo bicycle that goes around the world, ridden wherever and by whoever was willing to. Looked on the map, saw there was nobody from Romania yet so I obliged :) I want to stress out, it was early summer, perfect weather for cycling.
 Though, when Bamboo 1 reached Romania 6 (7?) months and -30°C later, I almost forgot about it, so there was a slight 'oops' moment. I'm not really a winter person, but I already said I'd do it so there was no way of wussing back so, rock'n roll! Also, while I enjoy cycling, I mostly ride on mountain trails (one of the few things Romania is good at) - I'm no hardcore cyclist, I never rode as far as I was about to, much less in the winter and, judging from the stories of the previous riders I might be the less experienced one yet.
 I got myself a full face hood and lady tights and waited for bamboo bicycle to reach Constanta. Though the weather was still sunny and warmer than one would expect in late November, that was about to change, winter was just about to knock in, so I got a little worried. Lucky me, one of the few attendees at the hand-over event in Constanta asked if I just go by myself, and then said he'd like to join my ride to Varna, so I got myself a riding partner (Bogdan) with the added enthusiasm just the evening before setting off :) Weather didn't look amazingly optimal for cruising the seaside, in a couple of more days it was about to get colder.
 I was afraid that if we don't catch this window of opportunity the bike might get stranded in Romania for most of the winter. I didn't want to happen on my watch :) The night before, weather got stormy enough to knocked some trees down - it looked that winter came in a rush, making up for being late. I thought (somehow relieved) that we'll have to postpone for next day. Luckily though, Bogdan woke my up around 10AM, the sky (almost) cleared up so we geared up and mounted in a haste. For the first day (03.12.12) we planned to get as close as possible to the Bulgarian border so we could do the Bulgarian stretch in one day. Although a bit heavier than its factory counterparts, Bamboo 1 rides surprisingly smoothly. 
The only downside - the saddle, if not properly adjusted (if you're dumb like I can be) can provide a mean prostrate massage. We rode from Constanta to Mangalia, along empty desolated beach resorts (Neptun - Olimp), just us and some guys doing maintenance. Weather was almost perfect given the time (10°C, partly cloudy but no rain) but wind was a bitch and that made things slower - but then again, for the first day we only had to ride 60km so it all turned fine. Second morning we went through Vama Veche, the last village before the border, also the most booze loaded bohemian place on the seaside, now uncharacteristically cold and empty. 
The customs officer asked us jokingly if we had our winter tires on (mandatory for cars :) The first stretch of Bulgarian seaside is made up by just a few villages, not particularly eventful.
 We were cruising at about 2°C. Then at some point later it got colder AND windy. At its worst, with sideways or even front facing wind we went as slow as 7Km/h - which would, if lasted, make it difficult to make it in time. Also, getting past the 60km mark was a challenge. Somewhere around Kavarna we seemed to have gotten through a bit of twilight zone, the traffic markers got rather undecided and for a stretch they weren't always counting down. 63km to Varna, then 65km, then it stuck around 62km - for what seemed a few kilometers. 
The most difficult part was when I saw my first snow of the season, in a stretch that was both windy and sometimes also a bit uphill. The weatherman didn't say a word (or I/we didn't pay proper attention?) so we weren't really geared for below 0 temperature. That came along with some frostbites and some possibly weird-looking stretch-dancing sessions by the side of the road. Butt-groping (each of himself) included. But, as it usually happens, after building up uphill, the downhill freeride came after all. That's where Dobruja's plateau ends. Also, sun, previously hidden got to shine at us again. Varna seemed in reach again! Rolling down to Albena was a treat. 
Stopped at the first gas station (there were not so many) first warm place in a while and took care of our frostbitten fingers. Putting on 2 pairs of gloves fixed it just right. The road got nicer and we got to ride along the coast - which we could've done earlier since Balchick - hadn't I trusted a local for directions, against my initial instinct. 
After some more hillwork we finally reached Varna, after a glorious 130km worth of prostate massage :) Got in touch with Ognyan, our CS host, an awesome dude who also volunteered to be rider #23 All in all, frostbites aside, it was great fun, glad I was a part of this. Can't wait to follow Bamboo 1's worldwide whereabouts :)




Trotter 21: Silviu Stan, Bucharest to Constanta (RO)



























Trotter 20: Daniel Florin, Pitesti to Bucharest (RO)
















Trotter 19: Catalin Ghila, Sibiu to Pitesti (RO)



















Trotter 18: Alexandra Toth Meggyes, Budapest to Sibiu (RO)




















Trotter 17: Vilmos Szkokan, Györ to Budapest (HU)

















Trotter 16: Karol Krška, Bratislava to Györ (HU)























Trotter 15: Michal Pisaroviè, Uherske Hradiste to Bratislava (SK)




I started my Global Bike Trotting adventure on Sunday. I took a train at 9 o'clock to Kúty then another one to Břeclav and finally the third one to Staré město u Uherského Hradiště. I met there Tim from New Zeland, really funny guy. And so I started to ride the Bamboo 1 along the river Morava. Nice bike path. And after 25 km I was in Zlín where I met my friend Fana who hosted me. On Monday I sold my first button to Katka from Uherský Brod, the town I should be passing later that day. It was fun because I forgot my map at home. She told me that it will be full of hills. And she was right. It was 60 km up and down until I reached my country - Slovakia. As a welcome sign there was a 17% ascending. But where is an ascending there is also a descending ;) I reached Myjava where I sold another button. And last 45 km and I was in Smolenice, my village. The next day I continued to Bratislava, more 60 km. On Tuesday I made some test rides and on the evening I passed the bike to Tom from a local bike kitchen.

I enjoyed the ride but I was tired like a horse as Slovaks use to say. I rode on the bike for approximately 200 km. But I fundraised 38 euros and maybe supplied 5 people with drinking water so It was worth the strain.


                                         


Trotter 14: Tim Roland, Brno to Uherske Hradiste (CZ)




When I received the bicycle in Brno I decided to do a self-guided tour around Brno. I stopped every now and then to go in to shops and look around and when I came out I would always see people standing around looking at the bicycle taking pictures reading about the cause and in the end, giving donations.


The next day, I rode the bicycle from Brno to Zlin and I thought I would give it 2 days but I would try to do it in 1 day. Coming out of Brno I was riding along keeping out for the signs that said no cycling and there were none, that I saw. Cars were honking and about 10 km in to the ride I see a police car fly down the highway going the other direction, turns out that was for me. Apparently people called the police on me. They pulled up and asked me “what are you doing here?” I told him it was for charity and I also said there were no signs or anything so I assumed it was ok. Nevertheless, they asked for ID so I gave them an ID from Australia (haha jokes on them because I’m from New Zealand). Anyways, in the end they gave me a fine and  told me that I must get off the highway and go on the side road. So they followed me to the next exit and when we got off the highway we pulled into the gas station, they gave me the ticket and showed me where to go from there. I asked them “Can I take a photo with you?” They laughed and said “sure”. I think they were a little surprised that I was so happy to receive a ticket. My uncle told me that I should “Treat it like our parking ticket from Croatia, a souvenir and is still unpaid. Well, considering that when I got home I looked for the ticket and couldn’t find it I don’t really have a choice about that.

With the cops gone I went on my way and everything was going smoothly, stopping every so often for a break, wondering how long it was to go before I arrived home? I see signs every so often, saying how far it is to this place and that place but not MY place. Until finally I saw one that said 10km to go and I was so stoked that I was almost home but not until I climbed that big ass hill. I started to climb and there were times when I thought about getting off and walking but I said to myself NO! I must press on and use every bit of strength I have in me to finish what I started and sure enough I hit the top of the hill and with climbing a hill usually comes the reward of going down the hill. Before I started I decided to get out my GoPro camera get some footage for the project. I was loving it until about 3km from home I heard a big click I couldn’t figure out what it was until I looked down and discovered it was just the chain coming off. After putting it back on, I continued the rest of my journey to my home in Uherske Hradiste, Zlin where I await the next rider to receive the brilliantly built bamboo bicycle.

I managed to raise 110 euros.

Thanks
Tim roland


Trotter 13: Ondřej Kašpar, Prague to Brno (CZ)




















The beginning

I got to know about Global Bike Trotting on nyx.cz, Czech community server and I immediately found the idea very interesting. To be correct, the "mission objectives" was not so amazing for me but the way of achieving them (sending a bamboo bike around the world) was. I have been to India and I have seen people living there. "Yes, very poor country," you can say, but we often saw that people were unable to accept anything new, even if it was better for them. We tried to help them few times, we told them how to do things better. But our effort was always wasted. They returned to the old "normal". That's just my opinion on helping people you know nothing about and who are very distant. Anyway, I think it is good to try and drinking water is essential for everybody. Let's move on.


I registered as a rider on the GBT website and waited and waited… After few days, Matthias called me and I was told I'm the one, where to pick to bike and where to go. Good news. I talked to Spencer Kennedy at Headquarters.cz bike service, he showed me Bamboo 1, fixed and fine-tuned it completely before I picked it up on Sunday September 16. Many thanks to you, Spencer. You made my ride fluent and relaxed. I didn't have to worry about the bike. It was in excellent condition.

The journey

I have already made few longer bike trips before, so riding from Prague to Brno sounded like a piece of cake to me. But you never know. I planned to make it in three days (you can make it in one day if your knees are ok; mine are not). I started on sunny Monday afternoon. Bike was fully loaded (two bags in the front, 2 in the back), it was shaking like a fish in the water when you tried how solid it is. Leaving Prague was easy. I knew the way. And the way was horrible (I have chosen the worst but straight route to get out of Prague as soon as possible). I cycled through Prague's suburbs, small villages, towns… and people hardly noticed the bike I was riding. I didn't talk to them, I was late today. After 4 hours cycling, at around 8 p.m., I finished in Sázava, it was already dark, cold and I found a place (with roof) to sleep in football ground. Good night. There are 180 km more ahead. Can I make it in one day before it starts to rain and my fingers will freeze on Wednesday?


On Tuesday I woke up at 7 a.m., it was still very cold, I put on my sandals with socks on my feet, wore almost everything I carried, put a cap on my head and started cycling again. Weather forecast was good. Czech landscape between Prague and Brno is hilly. It means anywhere you go, you go up and down again. Fields, forests, sheep, valleys and hills… I was thinking about what can I do to get some money from people and finally I realized (because I can't play any musical instrument or sing or… whatever) my plan – I will pick fruit (apples, pears, plums…) along the roads and I will sell it for voluntary donation! Anyone could buy GBT button for 50 CZK (2 €), but if it is too expensive, 10 CZK (or any amount) for a piece of fruit was an option.


In the afternoon I stopped on the square in Havlíčkův Brod to offer test rides, but nobody was interested. People were passing by, but didn't stop. I wasn't really with the situation. But what? Nothing. Keep going. After some time I decided to try to get to Brno tonight. Why? Weather forecast for Wednesday is bad – rainy and cold. Hills never stopped and I was slowly moving towards south-east. I got to Nové Město na Moravě at 8 p.m., night time was coming. The lights on Bamboo 1 made me smiling every single minute. It was a pleasant ride on a quiet tiny road with little traffic with stars on the sky above my head. Meditation through movement. When I stopped 20 km from Brno, I thought I will not make it, I was really exhausted and it was quite cold but because I couldn't find a place to sleep (I wanted something safe, with roof and no people in the morning – I wanted to sleep until rain stops) I cycled on. And finally at 1 a.m. I arrived to a house where my brother lives in Brno. I was happy I made it, my knees made it and I will be in the bed when it starts raining in the morning. Today's summary: 17 hours on the bike, 180 km. Physical condition: wasted. Psychical condition: euphoria (endorphin, yeah! ☺).
The promotion


On Wednesday afternoon, after the rain stopped, we took a piece of cardboard for our promotion stand, Bamboo 1, the fruit I have picked on the road and GBT buttons and went to the city to offer test rides and spread the project among people. We chose a place where young people (Brno is full of students) cluster before they head to the pubs. It turned out that the place is great. People stopped by, asked what are we doing, took flyer with the website, listened carefully, supported the project by buying the button or a piece of fruit and of course – tested the bike (everyone was pleasantly surprised). We talked to people (especially young ladies) for few hours while we were drinking "burčák" (young wine; it makes you smile even more ☺). When we decided it is late, we packed our stuff and went home. We had a beer and went to bed with a feeling we succeeded and talking to people was real fun. (Don't spend the money on your vacation, Matthias!) Many thanks to my brother Jeník and his friend Honza for helping me raise the money (we collected 55 €). It would be difficult to stay there alone.

The end

I have said enough. Don't wait, go to www.globalbiketrotting.org, register and help to get the bike around the world. It deserves the chance.


Trotter 12: Enrico Titze, Liberec to Prague(CZ)



















Am Mittwoch den 5.9.12 7:19Uhr fuhren Raik, Thomas und ich mit dem Zug von Zittau nach Lieberec. Die Beiden hatten ihre Fahrräder dabei. Nach 37min Fahrtzeit sind wir in Liberec angekommen. Den „Red8“ Fahrradladen, in dem sich „BAMBOO 1“ seit Donnerstag befand, haben wir ohne Probleme gefunden. Die Übergabe des Bambus-Fahrrad ging verständigungs- und reibungslos über die Bühne. Vor dem Laden hab ich noch meinen Rucksack auf die 2 Taschen verteilt, den Schlafsack auf den Gepäckträger gespannt und 9:30Uhr konnte es losgehen. 

Nach ca. 20m über Kopfsteinpflaster merkte ich wie der harte Sattel mich demotivierte. 
Ich wickelte meinen Pullover um den Sattel. Und es war auch nicht viel besser. 
Na egal! 
Schon in Liberec bemerkte man, dass das Fahrrad auffällig ist. Wir fuhren erstmal zurück zum Bahnhof von Liberec und von dort aus Richtung Süd-Westen aus der Stadt raus, über Berge mit richtig schönen Abfahrten. Danach verlief die Fahrt weitestgehend auf relativ flachem Gelände, auf wenig befahrenen Straßen an Autobahnen, Schienen und Flüssen entlang. Nach etwa 70km bei der Stadt Mlada Boleslav wussten wir, das es nicht mehr möglich ist Prag bei Tageslicht und ohne Arsch-Amputation zu erreichen. Wir entschlossen uns auf einer Wiese, in der Nähe einer Eisenbahnunterführung als Regenschutz, zu pennen. Nach ziemlich erholsamem Schlaf setzten wir unsere Reise 8:30Uhr fort. Mit nun insgesamt 140km mehr auf dem Buckel erreichte „BAMBOO 1“ um 14:30Uhr das Zentrum von Prag. In der Masse von Menschen dort ging das Bambus-Fahrrad völlig unter. Immer wieder hielten wir Ausschau nach Fahrradläden und Hostels. Auf dem Wenzelsplatz haben wir das Bike auffällig platziert, die Leute mit Flyer über das Projekt informiert und Spenden gesammelt. Eine Frau und ein Mann gingen auf das Fahrrad zu und machten den Eindruck eszu kennen, wahrscheinlich aus den Medien, sie Fotografierten es und verabschiedeten sich mit „Good Work!“. Das kann ich wohl nur an Matthias weiter geben! Gegen 17Uhr begannen wir den Fahrradladen, den ich mir auf meiner ausgedruckten Stadtkarte markiert hab, zu suchen. 20 Minuten später hatten wir ihn gefunden. Aber es stellte sich raus, dass es eine Fahrradvermietung ist. Wir sind trotzdem fragen gegangen, ob sie uns helfen können. Und wir standen genau vor dem richtigen Mann. Er empfing uns völlig hilfsbereit und in perfektem Englisch. Er gab uns eine Karte von Prag und zeichnete uns den Fahrradladen, in dem er Mitbetreiber ist und ein billiges Hostel, ein. Kurz vor 18Uhr ereichten wir das „Headquarters“ ein sich in dem Stadtteil Zizkov befindlicher Fahrradladen. Ich übergab ihnen das Bambusrad und erzähle ein bisschen über das Projekt. Thank you to „Headquaters“ for helping us! Danach gingen wir zum „Blind Eye“ Hostel. Es befindet sich ganz in der Nähe im selben Viertel. Thomas und Raik haben dort ihre Fahrräder abgestellt, wir haben unsere Sachen auf das 16 Personen-Zimmer geschafft und uns ein wenig die Stadt angeschaut. 
Am nächsten Morgen ging es mit dem Zug zurück nach Zittau.



Trotter 11: Jule Seele, Zittau(GER) to Liberec (PL,CZ)




















Good bye Germany! Jule rode BAMBOO 1 through Poland out of Germany.

Hello Chech Republik, Hello World!

Trotter 10: Matthias Kalla, Dresden to Zittau (GER)



























I had a stopover in Dresden and I thought I have to do a trip by myself, before BAMBOO 1 would leave Germany for a while. So i picked up the bike from the train station where Robert Stübner dropped it from his 120km day-trip to Dresden.
It was a pleasure for me to do this tour heading to my hometown Zittau. Since I had an interview with "Sächsiche Zeitung" I did not start from Dresden before 11pm which made it bit stressful. Anyway I had good start and Sabine experienced it live when I was calling her.


3,2,1. GO!
10km out of Dresden it happened. I couldn't believe it when I was looking down to my feet. 
The bottom bracket came off! NO!?  A few minutes staring - NO! I tried to fix it on the way..

But there was no way, no way to get it fixed unless i would take the train to Zittau to get that done on time. Such a pity! I built the bike - I broke it!  HA!
When I arrived in Zittau I had to decide to take the bike by car back to BerlinBambooBikes to get this thing properly fixed before I wouldn´t see this bike anymore..
It was the best to do. 2 days Berlin- FIXED! Stronger than before!

I wish the next riders not to have a trip as I had. But it was an important experience which showed me this bike is not unbreakable. We all have to take care of it, there ARE going to be problems with BAMBOO 1. Hopefully everyone looks after that as I did.

GO BAMBOO 1, GO!!!


Trotter 9: Robert Stübner, Leipzig to Dresden (GER)


Am 23.08. konnte ich punkt 9.00 Uhr mein bisher charaktereigenstes Gefährt von Zweirad-Eckhardt in Leipzig entgegennehmen. Die Strecke zog sich dann von Leipzig nach Dresden auf etwa 110 Kilometern.

Meine Begleiter waren 3 Liter Wasser (nicht ausreichend!), strahlender Sonnenschein, eine imaginäre Landkarte (untauglich/nicht empfehlenswert!) und ein freundliches Lächeln. Mit einigen Umwegen gelangte das Bambusrad der Elbe entlang bis an den Bahnhof Dresden-Neustadt. Zugegeben, die letzten 25 Kilometer zwischen Meißen und Dresden wurden zum Kampf mit dem eigenen Körper, denoch war es eine insgesamt schöne Erfahrung und meine vermutlich bisher sinnvollste Radtour, da ich die Projektidee als ein kleines, aber wichtiges Element auf dem Weg zu einem gerechteren und nachhaltigeren Umgang mit den gegebenen Ressourcen auffasse. Ich hoffe, dass das Rad seine Tour schafft und dass die zukünftigen Fahrer ebenfalls schönes Wetter sowie einen stolzen Muskelkater bekommen. Viel Spass weiterhin auf dem 'Bambooster'! 

Trotter 8: Matthias Rischau, Berlin to Leipzig (GER)



  
Es war eine beeindruckende 2 Tagesreise mit vielen erhellenden Momenten. Ich hoffe und wünsche mir, dass es The ONE um die Welt schafft. Danke an alle SpenderInnen, an Sabine und Matthias für die Idee, das Erschaffen und die Umsetzung und an Viva con Agua für alles und mehr. Stopp Climate Change, alles Liebe und Rock`n Roll.         

 

Trotter 7: Rico Jando, Dresden to Berlin (GER)

I started my journey in Dresden and the bike is really good. On the road I didn`t have  problems by driving, only when the track is very bad, you felt the missing suspension. I've met some people who knew the bike and they offered me some support, like water or helping to fix the bike, but it was all right.
The first day I drove around 130km from Dresden to Meissen and Bad Liebenwerde and I finished before Pektus. I slept in a hut by the way. The last stage was about 80km. In the center of Berlin I talked with some people from Poland (Krakow) about the bamboo bike project and they were interested in it. Maybe I can ride the bike a second time... I will see. It was funny and a nice experience.

Trotter 6: Dieter Katzer, Hof to Dresden (GER)

Rider 5: Peter Ostenrieder, Erlangen to Hof (GER)



I got the bike from Stefan. My route was from Erlangen via Bayreuth to Hof (Germany) My distance was about 130 km in 2 days.
At the first day the weather was hot and I drank about 3 Liter of Water with magnesium addition. I asked at a gas station for refilling my bottle with water from the tap. In other parts of the world people don’t have water from the tap, so for me it was a kind of luxury. I met two couchsurfer in Bayreuth and they told me a lot about veganism and eye-relaxing-methods.The best moment of my trip was Enjoying the lovely nature and riding through the summer rain. I left it at the train station. GlobalBikeTrotting is for me good memories of my time in Würzburg and motivation for my commitment in the free shop (Luftschloss) in Würzburg. I wish the next riders that the bike will work well and that they meet helpfully people.

Trotter 4: Stefan, Fürth to Erlangen (GER)


I got the bike from Sophia My route was from Fuerth to Erlangen. My distance was about 18 km. I picked out one of the hottest days of the year for my ride, fortunately the fresh morning air did cool me down I handed the bike over to Freilauf Bikeshop Erlangen GlobalBikeTrotting is for me being part of something „bigger“. I wish the next riders a nice cruise and a more comfy saddle.

Trotter 3: Sophia Roggenbuck, Zeubelried to Fürth (GER)


Nach einer tollen Busfahrt mit einer Horde Schulkindern, die mich sofort als Fremde identifizierten und dementsprechend musterten, stieg ich als letzte und einzige Person nun in dem Dorf aus, wo ein ganz besonderes Kunstwerk auf mich warten sollte. In Zeubelried auf einem wunderschönen Bauernhof bekam ich das neu mit Blumen bestückte Bambus Rad übergeben und radelte voller Spannung bei glitzerndem Sonnenstrahl ins Ungewisse der bayerischen Dörfer, um der Mission zu folgen - das Rad ein Stück weiter in Richtung Indien zu bringen. Voller Respekt vor Roland (meinem Vorgänger) nahm ich den ersten Berg mit Leichtigkeit, denn es ging bergab ;) Das Fahrrad erfreute sich während der ganzen Strecke großer Beliebtheit, da viele Leute schon von dem „Bambus-Esel“ in den Medien gehört hatten. Dementsprechend wurde auch die Fahrerin mit neuen Radwanderwegkarten (die später noch zum Verhängnis werden sollten), Apfelsaftschorle und tausend gut gemeinten Wegtipps von zahlreichen hilfsbereiten Leuten ausgestattet. Auf und ab ging es dann über zwei Tage durch die Dörfer des Frankenlandes mit Stopover in Neustadt a.d.A. bei einer sich spontan ergebenden freundlichen Übernachtungsmöglickeit für das Bike und mich (Danke nochmals für Pizza, Wein und Couch!), um am nächsten Tag voll erfrischt mein Ziel in Fürth erreichen zu können. Auf dem Weg dahin bat ich immer wieder Leute meine Trinkwasserflasche aufzufüllen, um dabei ganz nebenbei das Projekt zu erwähnen. Da die Radwege oft sehr vereinsamt waren und ich niemandem Spendengelder abknöpfen konnte, kam mir die Idee die leeren Pfanddosen am Straßenrand einzusammeln und beim nächsten Supermarkt abzugeben – plus für das Projekt und Mutter Natur! Der lustigste Moment auf meiner Reise war wohl, als ich kurz das Fahrrad in einer Waldkreuzung ablegte, um mich an einer Karte neu zu orientieren. Da das Fahrrad ganz allein ohne Fahrer auf dem Weg lag, wurde die vorbeifahrende Polizei aufmerksam und dachte an ein Unglück. Jedoch kam ich dann schon aus dem Wald gesprungen und erklärte, die Umstände, wobei einer der Herren das Rad auch sofort aus dem Bericht in der Main Post wiedererkannte. Da die Herren farblich zum Rad abgestimmt waren, ließ ich mir ein Foto natürlich nicht entgehen. (Wie wäre es übrigens, wenn die Herren Gesetzeshüter auch mal mit Bambusrädern die Städte erobern würden, um der Vorbildfunktion noch ein Stück mehr gerecht zu werden??) Meine Abenteuerbilanz: 10, 50 € und viele Menschen, die jetzt das Projekt und die Homepage kennen und bestimmt sofort gespendet haben …I handed the bike over to Stefan and got an outstanding breakfast in Fürth!GlobalBikeTrotting ist für mich kein Tropfen auf dem heißen Stein! Sondern viele kleine Tropfen, die zu einem Ozean werden können (schnulzig, aber so isses nun mal) Ich wünsche den nächsten Bambus Bike Fahrern viele Pfanddosen am Wegrand, ein bisschen mehr Sonnencreme und mehr Gesellschaft auf den Radwegen.

Trotter 2: Ronald, Würzburg to Zeubelried (GER)

Ronald works in the bike-shop, that sponsored us many parts of the bike. We met him there and he really liked the idea of GlobalBikeTrotting. One day later he asked, if he can ride the bike. He started in the late afternoon and cycled near the river main with best weather. He went through Sommerhausen, over the bridge to Winterhausen on the other side of the river and reached Ochsenfurt. There he started the last most exhausting part of his route: about 4 km up to the small village Zeubelried, where he brought the bike to a family that "hosted" the bike for 2 days. 

Trotter 1: Felix, Würzburg City

The first official rider!
Felix was the lucky one who won the first ride with our bamboo bike. The route went over the "Alte Mainbrücke" in Würzburg and through the mayestic garden of the castle "Residenz". Other riders followed him and so we had a nice bike trip all together!
 People following Felix with the bamboo bike in Wuerzburg.... 

...and are enjoying the ride through the nice park at sunshine. Around 40 circles we did ;-)