“From Berlin to Shanghai by bike? All the way? You are crazy! “
This is about the first reaction when we tell friends about our projects. And they are right, a little bit of madness hast to be part of it. We’re talking about 13,000 kilometers on the saddle and six months only tent and camping mats as accommodation. Through countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tibet and, if possible, through Lhasa. Over the Himalayas up to 5,200 m high passes, to finally arrive in Shanghai, the city with the most skyscrapers, the fastest train in the world and over 20 million inhabitants.
“But you guys can do it, that suits you,” they then add with a backslapping gesture. “Your other tours you have pulled through as well, indeed.”
And we won`t say that our friends are wrong. We are not doing this for the first time, even if this time the distance and the demands of the route brings new challenges.
Over the years we have developed the idea of writing a book about our adventures.
So for our 30 anniversary we have planned riding the longest possible land route from our hometown Berlin to the east, nearly halfway around the world to Shanghai. To take all the adventures and struggles, moments of happiness and disagreements, heights and depths, deserts and the Himalayas into account and each write down his own experience in a diary, in videos and photos. After returning we want to make a multimedia road trip book, which represents two perspectives: Hansen’s and Paul`s.
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Selection of previous tours
For us, cycling has never been just sport, but the best way of moving around in the great outdoors to experience extraordinary adventures – and each of our previous cycling-tours was characterized by a particular idea.
For example, on our first bike tour from Maastricht to Milan in the spring we drove over the Gotthard Pass: About 1000 km with a homemade bike called Hannemann.
On our next big trip in 10 days from Berlin to Budapest: 1100 km with homemade one-wheel-trailers.
And finally, on our latest and longest tour from Berlin to the north of Norway:
3300 km with self-made trailers to the Lofoten Islands , that magical place that we know from our childhood of the children’s book “Latte Igel”, and that really exists. ( http: / / www.amazon.de/Latte-Igel-reist-den-Lofoten/dp/3522174267 ).
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