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bike09 – the video (a two-wheeled muscle-powered race from austria to spain)

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four years “in preparation”, countless sleepless nights in the making.
here it is, finally: a video summary of our little family bike adventure from austria to spain, with 12 seconds of video clips per day.

to activate english captions, just press the captions symbol at the bottom right of the youtube player.

the video was created with gopro studio, a great freeware tool which also accepts non-gopro footage (though some videos may require conversion before you can start).

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bike09 part 3: spain – punctures, detours, and explosions (a two-wheeled muscle-powered race from austria to spain)

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almost drove onto the autopista - no bikes allowedpreviously, on thinkoholic.com…

in the long long ago (a.k.a. 2009), my parents, little brother and i embarked on a small adventure through europe.
our goal was to get to denia (spain) right from our doorstep in rum/innsbruck (austria), using only our bicycles, while keeping the budget as low as possible. to make things a bit more interesting, we split up into two teams racing each other: team 1 (mom and dad) took a route through italy and france, team 2 (anton and i) went through switzerland and france. the team that arrived at our destination first, would win.
we sent a postcard home every few days to record our progress along the 2200 km journey and prove when we were where.

…here’s part three of our adventure: teams one and two – anton and i, reunited with our parents – cycling south from figueres, spain (near the french border) south towards our destination, dénia.

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photosphere: hintereisferner and weisskugel

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here’s a quick impression of our weekend hike to weißkugel, austria’s third-highest peak at 3738 m a.s.l.
the photosphere (360 degree panorama) shows the hintereisferner glacier, stretching out from the peak towards the east.

we reached this spot (teufelsegg) at 06:30 in the morning and watched the sun rise in the east. the day’s first rays of light crept over gigantic fields of ice. how come it took me so long to realize that the world’s beauty isn’t necessarily hiding a few thousand kilometres from home?

(sorry for cut-off heads and other body parts – not my doing!)

bike09 part 2: traversing france, from switzerland to spain (a two-wheeled muscle-powered race from austria to spain)

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trash talk road sign: "you're going down!"previously, on thinkoholic.com…

in the long long ago (a.k.a. 2009), my parents, little brother and i embarked on a small adventure through europe.
our goal was to get to denia (spain) right from our doorstep in rum/innsbruck (austria), using only our bicycles, while keeping the budget as low as possible. to make things a bit more interesting, we split up into two teams racing each other: team 1 (mom and dad) took a route through italy and france, team 2 (anton and i) went through switzerland and france. the team that arrived at our destination first, would win.
we sent a postcard home every few days to record our progress along the 2200 km journey and prove when we were where.

…and now, part two of our adventure: team two – anton and i – making our way from the swiss-french border, south through france, and following the coast from aigues-mortes to the french-spanish border.

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bike09: a two-wheeled muscle-powered race from austria to spain. part 1: western austria, liechtenstein and switzerland

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early start photo at 06:46, july 12 2009four years ago to the date, in the long long ago (aka 2009), my parents, little brother and i embarked on a small adventure through europe.
our goal was to get to denia (spain) right from our doorstep in rum/innsbruck (austria), using only our bicycles, while keeping the budget as low as possible. to make things a bit more interesting, we split up into two teams racing each other: team 1 (mom and dad) took a route through italy and france, team 2 (anton and i) went through switzerland and france. the team that would arrive at our destination first, would win.
we sent a postcard home every few days to record our progress along the 2200 km journey and prove when we were where. [more...]

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australia flashback: wattamolla cliff dive

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i’m not usually somebody who jumps off big things. at least not without a rope or chute.

here’s a picture of my first ever dive from a height of more than 1 meter, at wattamolla beach, royal national park, australia.
because the tide was low-ish, the water level was almost exactly 10 meters below.

wattamolla cliff dive, royal national park, australia

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rock climbing at mt piddington, blue mountains national park

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back in 2007, when my friends barbara, miriam and christian introduced me to rock climbing, my claim “there’s no way to get up there” was shattered by christian walking up the rock beside me, barefoot. trying to be a good scientist, i also tried other ways to get up, but decided i should concentrate on the “traditional way”. since then, my rock climbing opportunities were relatively scarce.

in the last few weeks, my enthusiasm for rock climbing was reawakened by carrie and john, and the stunning scenery of the blue mountains which is perfect for the sport.
here are some pictures from two climbing trips to mount piddington in the blue mountains national park. [more...]

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