2017 Leg #0

2017 Leg #0: Heidelberg – Verona & Heidelberg – Paris

The first leg in 2017 was marked by trial and error. The first 1,000 km went from Heidelberg over the Alps to Verona. This project raised around €15,000 in donations.

Later that year, Karsten managed another 600 km from Heidelberg to Paris with another bike. During this trip, two things became apparent:

  • You need much less than you think. On this tour, Karsten travelled with only 7 kg of luggage – less than half of his previous equipment. 

  • When travelling long distances, it makes a lot of sense to take the prevailing wind direction into account. A trip in autumn to the west may be laudable but not particularly clever as you permanently have to fight a head wind.