We arrived! :) 

After 7 weeks of biking through 4 countries and meeting many incredible people, we are very happy to say that we arrived at our destinationn with 2740 km. And not only this we also reached our aim of getting 1000 CHF together for our chosen association ADES. The charity runs still till the 21.8.2016 and we appriciate any further donations. We thank every donator for your generosity, which gave us a good boost for the end. We are very happy to have made it. Also many thanks to all the people that were so kind and open to us on this adventure. We thank all those who showed us directions, offered us food or drinks, drew us pictures, gave us medicine, beeped at us to cheer us on, shared their stories with us and listened to ours. We heard extremely touching and encouraging words from so many people. 

And of course, it wouldnt be a proper end to the trip without one more puncture 10 minutes before we arrived! 

Reviews of our Equipment and further posts with tips and tricks will continue again after the festival. 

Thank you all,peace, love and unity 🙂

Ciudad Rodrigo and Vilar Maior

Leaving Ciudad Rodrigo we didnt have many km’s left to reach the Portugese boarder. It was an easy journey until we got into Portugal and had a lot of heat and many hills again. We reached a small town called Vilar Maior where we saw some people at a small outdoor bar so we decided to stop for an ice tea before finishing the last 20km. 

At this bar we met the most amazing and welcoming people. We sat with them for a few hours before deciding to stay in their village for the evening. We had great fun drinking, talking and playing games with them until late. They were so sweet and even made a small collection for our charity.

Valladolid and Salamanca

These past couple of days passed by quickly, we had very little sleep because we tried to sleep during the day and ride at night due to the heat, which didn’t work out so well. 

We both didn’t feel well when we left Burgos but as we wanted to get there in time we had to make a move. Actually we even managed to do about 90km to Valladolid. We arrived at around 10pm, got some food and then headed to a nearby forest to get some sleep. We decided not to put up our tent and to sleep on the floor with just our sleeping bags and mats. We hoped to sleep for a couple hours and leave at 4am to avoid the heat. We ended up sleeping on and off between 1am and 7am and then started our 110km journey to Salamanca.

We rode about 26km’s and found a big tree where we thought we could sleep under during the day and then finish the last 84kms at night. Unfortunately we couldnt sleep at all and at 11:45pm decided to just get going eventhough we were so exhausted. The roads were dark, but flat, smooth and basically car free.

We managed to ride for about 3.5 hours and got through 40kms. We stopped on the side of the road for a break and to look at the stars as they were so bright and there were plenty of shooting stars. We ended up falling asleep and after an hour got out a sleeping bag and continued sleeping.

We woke up at 7:30 and struggled through the last 45kms and finally reached Salamanca and the campsite at noon. It was a tough couple of days but then we had the next 2 days off, which were much needed and well deserved!

We both really liked Salamanca, eventhough we spent most of the time at the campsite. We met an absolutely adorable Dutch family, and spent a lot of time eating and speaking with them. We had such a lovely time together and really appreciated their kindness and generosity and we even got a picture painted of us by their 2 daughters.

Looking forward to the next days and whatever adventures they will bring.

Charity – ADES

Dear follower, dear friend 🙂

As we were so busy with school and work just before we left we have not had much time to promote the charity we would like to support.

So far we have raised around 600 Chf and we would to thank everyone that has donated so far. We really appreciate your generousity and it is such a huge help, so thank you all so much!

Our final aim is 1000 CHF and we would feel really happy if we can make this happen with your help. In order to actually send the money, we need to get the full 1000 Chf, otherwise the money already raised will go back to the people who donated. If we can get anymore donations or you can tell others about this initiative we would be very grateful!

ADES produces solar cookers and energy efficient cookers. But also they educate people about the environment and the ecosystem in madagascar. 

Liebe Freunde und Bekannte

Für die bereits eingegangenen Zahlungen zu Gunsten ADES, welche Ihr für unsere Velofahrt von Zollikon nach Portugal überwiesen habt, danken wir euch sehr herzlich. Die Sammlung ist bis zum 21. August befristet und deshalb freuen wir uns auf weitere Geldspenden. Es müssen mind. CHF 1000 eingehen, um die Spendeaktion erfolgreich abschliessen zu können. Übrigens ist unsere Fahrstrecke nicht nur 2200, sondern fast 2800 Km lang. Wir danken jetzt schon für weitere Spenden an ADES und deren Solarkocherproduktion in Madagaskar.

 http://www.gemeinsam-unterwegs.ch/projekte/ades/
Herzlich/warm regards Rafaela und Matthew