Since we are biking to the festival which starts on August 8th, we planned our daily route quite carefully so we can make it in time. We made an Excel sheet with the date, km, locality, altitude, camping places and leisure activities. Most of the research on the km was made on google maps- so hopefully it is accurate enough. Also for our break days we both researched cool activities and sites to see.
We are intending on keeping to the plan but because we have quite a lot of time we can still make some changes along the way if we need to, for example if there is heavy rain or storms we might not want to ride too much.
Below you can see part of our Excel sheet.
Before the trip i got a great tip from a friend about cutting a sheepskin rug into the shape of my seat. She said that when putting sheepskin in pants when the bum hurts is the best thing. As sheepskin rugs are extremly good and comfortable for the skin. So I made some research.
I found that sheepskin rugs are breathable, temperature regulating, humidty regulating, hard-wearing and antibacterial. It nutralises sauernes and other chemicals so when wearing or sitting on it these are great benefits against smell. Lanolin which is wool fat also prottects the human skin. All these qualities show that sheepskin rugs are great when having a sore bum from driving long distances. Its also really soft and adds an extra layer of cusion.
I set off to buy a sheepskin rug and cut it into the shape of my saddle. Below you can see some pictures. We wear our padded bike underwear and put the sheepskin rug inbetween the underwear and the pants.
We both are very happy to have the sheepskin rug with us.
Tip: As we are sitting on it, it can easily get matted. So we advise you to brush it through with a hair brush regularly.
As my last exam is on the 15. June, and the festival starts on the 11. August we want to leave on the 18. June, so we have plenty of time to get there. This would leave us with 54 days of travelling with break days. With 2422km and 37 biking days we are looking at an average of 65.5km per day. Because we have camping stuff with us which adds a fair amount of weight to our bikes, this distance per day should just be right for us.
When we head off we are looking into uploading content on how we are getting on and how we are struggling. This should hopefully happen every 3-4 days.
We heard that when setting off on your journey it is best to leave some space free in your bags for groceries or other items that you might pick up along the way. We will aim to leave about half a pannier free each. We thought this was a good tip and something we had not thought about beforehand.
Just a quick note to let you know we interviewed another experienced cyclist (Dieter) who answered some of our questions, there is some really interesting information and advice so be sure to check it out under our interiew page at the top.
Apple trees Turgau
Since we got our bikes we have been travelling as much as possible with them, just around town and to work etc. but yesterday we had our second big training day, it was slightly longer than our trip around the Zürich lake and we had a bit more weight on our bikes. We drove around 75 km so just about 10 km more than our first training day. This time we set up our tent and slept over night in St. Gallen, it was a great opportunity to test out all of our camping gear which we are really happy with. We had another day of amazing weather, beautiful locations and amazing sights of Switzerland, although it was very windy which made it more difficult. I felt that the first training day was very hard for me however Matt thinks that the second day was harder for him.
We have both been very busy recently and that is why we haven’t posted anything for a while. We have been spending a lot of time looking at our packing list and buying all of the necessary equipment, and now we have almost got everything we need, just a few small things missing. We decided over the weekend to pack our bikes with everything to see how it fits, we had to make some adjustments to make it all fit on perfectly and now everything fits well and we are very happy and excited to begin!