After successfully cycling from Perth to Brisbane in 2013-2014, we decided we were ready for a tour further afield. Impressed by the ever-growing selection of Eurovelo cycling routes we decided to tackle parts of the longest one – Eurovelo 13 with a few deviations to pick up parts of the world we still hadn’t seen. – Starting in Norway in the Arctic Circle, we worked our way down through Finland and the Baltic States before heading further east to depart the Schengen Zone and explore Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. We then headed back to Romania, Bulgaria and onto the Balkans.
We are both in our 50’s, and when we started this trip we were even more unfit, overweight and did less training than even our first adventure. You think we would’ve learned by now. But no..!
Despite Mother Nature throwing us a few curve balls, visa complications and less than favourable cycling conditions in some of the countries we visited, it was still an amazing experience, and we’re already planning our next extended trip, starting April 2018 through Canada and the northern states of the USA.
We hope you enjoy our journey. Let us know in the comments below.
Bicycle Touring in Lapland – Part 1 – Kirkenes to Inari
We didn’t know any different- Still bicycle touring in Lapland– Inari to Rovaniemi
Midsummer Bicycle Touring in Finland – Cycling our of Lapland– Rovaniemi to Helsinki
Chillin in Tallinn, Estonia– Tallinn
Road to Riga – Cycle Tour Latvia – Parnu to Riga
A Lesson in Hospitality. Turning things around – Riga to Plost Krogs via Jurmala & Kandava
Heading to where the Wind is Born – PlostyKrogs to Skuodas (Lithuania) via Kuldiga, Aizpute, and Leipia
The Last of the Baltic States – Skuodos to Vilnius via Kretinga
How to obtain a Belarus Visa in Vilnius – Vilnius
The Mysteries of Minsk – Minsk, Belarus
We abandoned the bikes in Moldova – Moldova
Roamin in Romania – Iasi to Brasov via Roman and Bacau.
Anyone Seen Dracula? – Transylvania’s Brasov (Sighisoara, Transfagarasan Highway, Bran castle)
Beer’s and Bicycles in Beautiful Bucharest – Bucharest
Ruse, Bulgaria – A pleasant Surprise– Bucharest to Ruse – Bulgaria
The Welcoming Green Heart of Sofia – Bulgaria – Sofia, Bulgaria
Smokey Bars in Balmy Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia
Memorable Montenegro – Montenegrin coast including the Bay of Kotor
Adoring the Adriatic – Croatia, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split and Zagreb.
Time to move on – Zagreb – Belgrade – Budapest.
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