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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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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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bike09 impressions: lunch break in saint-romans FR

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day seven: lunch break in a walnut plantation
day seven: lunch break in a walnut plantation

in this picture, you see our very first actual “lunch break” which lasted more than 15 minutes. after 8 days of biking, we started to feel that we didn’t quite consume as many calories as we should, eating mostly muesli bars all day.

that day, as we drove through lots and lots of walnut plantations, anton remarked “haha, ‘wine country’… all we can see is apple trees.” from that point on, he only made very general descriptions of the vegetation (as in “trees” or “landscape”). :)

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bike09 impressions: along the rhone river FR

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day six: the short but perfect bicycle track along part of the rhone river
the short but perfect bicycle track along part of the rhone river

song of the day: maná – en el muelle de san blas

day six consisted of an incredibly beautiful route along the rhone river, which we had to leave behind near saint-genix-sur-guiers in order to go further south. [more...]

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bike09 impressions: geneva CH

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day six: the broken chair in geneva
day six: the broken chair in geneva

the sight was chosen after looking through a postcard stand, which proved to be a useful resource for photo background scenes. :)

when we arrived in geneva, (1) we were half a day late because of a cold front with heavy, continuous downpour and (2) all our stuff was double-waterproofed because of (see 1). of course, as soon as everything was twice repackaged into plastic bags, the sky cleared up.
…which is why we decided to at least enjoy our waterproofness one last time and drive through the nearby united nations fountain. [more...]

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