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Germany: Culture shock in my own country

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I´m nervous as the engines of the Boeing A346 howl louder and louder and as the plane accelerates on the runway. Soon the machine is fast enough and the wheels lose contact with the earth. My stomach tingles as I look out the window and the familiar ground becomes smaller and smaller until clouds eventually […]

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Video: Bolivia – The Easy Way

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Bolivia – The easy way from Florian Schmale on Vimeo. In 2018 I crossed Bolivia on a bicycle. I choose an easy route – but really easy it was not. I got stuck in mud, stuck in the world biggest salt desert, Salar de Uyuni and got annoyed by a lot of flat tires. An […]

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Gear

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After six years on the road it is finally time to introduce my gear and equipment. From now on you find this information as well on a page in the main menu. The Bicycle Intec M1 steel frame, 26” Shimano XT gear system Wheels: Exal SP 19 with DT Swiss Spokes, back wheel XT Hub, […]

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Chile: Carretera Austral-The rain is catching up

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The rain patters on my tent. More specifically, on my plastic tarp which I luckily could set up above it. Now the rain has finally caught me, the notorious rain of Patagonia. The last three weeks on the Carretera were pleasant, and contrary to the predictions of other cyclists, largely free of rain. Only at […]