Spain: We found paradise (Arinzué)

After our great hiking start in the France part of the Pyrenees we moved on to Spain, due to the changing weather conditions. One hour before we reached the Hotel Restaurante Lamiana, I could have sworn we need to sleep in the car with 4 degrees outside temperature. But with crossing from Fabian (France) - where all campsites were still closed - to the sunny 20 degree Spain, we got an…

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France: Welcome to the Pyrenees (A hiking heaven)

I cannot believe that we made it finally to the Pyrenees. We heard so much about it but it was never that high on our list that we actually made it there. Even that is not completely true, I been in the Andorra part of the Pyrenees when I was a teenager. Back then I did not care too much about the mountains, for that reason there was not too much…

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Germany: 3 Day Bike Packing (TransPfalz 2019)

View from the Luitpoldturm Day 1 - Hauenstein to Rodalben The start of these years 3 day TransPfalz tour (bike packing in Palatinate) of the DAV was at the train station in Hauenstein. The MTB family contained Specialized, Kona, Radon, Bulls, Ghost, Canyon and Liteville. Included in the planned tour was 130 kilometers of riding, 2800 meter elevation and 12 hours on the bike.  The riding started over soft sandy soil…

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World: Rewind 2018

As the year 2018 is coming to an end, there is always time to reflect on the year and what has been the memories that will stay. This year was marked by big travel events - a new continent Africa and going back to Patagonia. Especially Patagonia I was waiting for 3 years to go back to. I studied in the meantime a lot of Spanish, in order to be prepared.…

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Germany: A half day hike in the Wolfsschlucht

Name: Wolfsschlucht Length: ~ 8 km (Battert Rock) Time: ~ 1 1/2 hours Good to know: The Wolfsschlucht is a hiking area around Baden Baden (Germany), It is located in the North Black Forest. The Battert Rock hike is family friendly. The paths are well-marked. At the Battert rocks it is possible to climb. Where to park: Wolfsschlucht, Ebersteinburger Straße, Baden-Baden in the parking slot of the hotel. Tips: There are…

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Germany: One day in the Bike Park Beerfelden

Where to park: Bikepark Beerfelden, Eberbacher Weg, Beerfelden. The parking spot is big, should be easy to find a spot. What to do: the park holds 8 different downhill trails from beginner level to enduro. Tips: it is possible rent everything in the park - a bike, helmet, protections. In order to use the lift there is a half day (4 hours) or full day pass available. https://www.bikepark-beerfelden.de/de/ Cost: entry fees…

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La Réunion: Finally a clear view in Maido

Our first attempt to drive to Le Maïdo ended in us at the parking lot with heavy rain. We started another try to get lucky the second time. Even that it was raining at the sea level, there was no cloud at Le Maïdo. Which made the day perfect for hiking. Perfect view in Maido The drive up to Le Maïdo is around 30 km from Saint-Paul. It is not a…

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La Réunion: A enchanting hike – Belouve Hike

We stayed two nights in the area of La Plaine-des-Palmistes in the lovely La Ferme du Pommeau guest house. Even that the host's did not spoke english, they were really nice, and we had a great breakfast and dinner at this place. On our way to the Forest Bélouve the road had many parking opportunities in order to start a hike. Hikes are well-marked and information panels show hiking opportunities. Name:…

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La Réunion: One of the best hikes in the world – La Chapelle (Cilaos)

Small sign for the La Chapelle hike After days of waiting, the road to Cilaos got reopened again, and we started our way to the unforgettable "La Chapelle" hike. Even if you are not planning to hike in the area of Cilaos, just driving up there and stay in a hotel with the amazing views and local wine. Flowers on the way As rain was the main factor why the road…

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La Réunion: A refreshing hike to Cap Blanc

As due to the hot and rainy weather longer hikes were not the thing we could do, we used today for giving it another try. On the way to the Cap Blanc hike we passed the Cascade de Grand Galet. Which are a couple of waterfalls and pools that are popular for swimming and having a picnic. As the place was a bit crowded we choose to wait with the swimming…

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