Thinking of this makes my stomach tickle. A new adventure is about to start!
I've been meaning to write about this subject a few weeks ago, but between the recipes and the South American Trippin' series, I just couldn't find an available spot. There's so much going on lately and I want to tell you all about it.
We're making a little tour around Europe. We'll travel all the way from Finnskogen (Norway) to Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal to attend a well being festival. Passing through the west coast of Sweden, south of Denmark, a bit of northern Germany, South from Paris in France to northern Spain and at last, our destination which lies in the east of Portugal.
And all of this with our bicycles!
We love to bike and we love to travel. In the past, I've met one or two people who had traveled trough Europe with a bike (one of them being my cousin from Patagonia). The stories they told got my deepest attention and could never shake away that feeling of "wow, I want to do that too someday". Well, now it's happening. Asbjørn was the one to mention the whole thing last year and of course I loved the idea, so we started planning together. Now, we're only a few days away from an exciting experience we will never forget.
It's a challenge that will reward us with a self achievement feeling that lasts for a life time!
It'll be like walking those high mountains, like we did with inka trails in Bolivia and Peru,
but not really, because...
We are doing it with Electric Bicycles!
After finding out that we didn't have much time to use normal bikes and that we haven't really trained for it, Asbjørn came up with the idea of using e-bikes. First I was skeptical because It seemed a lot like "cheating". Asbjørn told me that you still have to use your legs, only the e-bike can make your trips go faster. They are perfect for long distances, in places with long hilly terrains and when bearing heavier stuff. They just give you a little extra push when needed.
We got the bikes a few weeks ago, ordered them at Scushi, an e-bicycle shop in Sandvika, Norway. Told them all about our trip and they gave us the best service one could ever get. The bikes we wanted were not in store and had to be made and shipped from Switzerland and it had to fit within our schedule, so the guys at Scushi did the best job at making it right on time so that we could test them before the big trip, with travel bags and everything. That was pretty amazing! Just after getting them at the store, we biked to my parent's place in Røyse, which is quite an uphill way.
We absolutely LOVE our new Flyer e-bikes, they are fantastic! I'm just so amazed at how easy it is to bike around with them. Mind you, I've always loved biking - I love the thrill of it, mostly mountain biking with hills and all that. This is still as thrilling and cool as any other non e-bikes, just easier to carry heavy stuff and easier to bike uphill oh and of course, much much faster! It's such a delightful type of work out and transport, fun and healthy all at the same time, It's like eating a nice scream; it's got all the good stuff!
We did this a little too spontaneously though, as we were not totally equipped for rainy weather and very cold wind. So we froze our asses and got wet, nevertheless it was so worth it!
Our goal is to show you what a beautiful world we live in.
Show you places where people are trying to lead a more compassionate lifestyle and those that are actively making a change with positive impacts on our planet, with sustainable practices.
Such places might be eco-villages, places with alternative food production systems, organic farms, construction projects, festivals and everything else that has something to do with a sustainable way of living.
And at the same time show you how it is to travel this way, specially finding and making plant based foods on the road which may be quite a challenge. We shall see!
If you know of any cool compassionate places we could stop along the way, please let us know!