Born in the 90s, I grew up in the Black Forest as part of a hiking-addicted family. Every year we went to the Alpes for hiking vacation in summer. Adventurous travels to remote countries and exotic cultures I however only passively encountered as reader or listener. Only in my years of study I finally got out of Europe and ended up on a six-week backpacking trip together with Tizian through South East Asia, where my thirst for adventure awakened. My way to bicycle touring was not too far then; the combination of independence, flexibility, vicinity to nature and local culture, sustainability as well as costs convinced my curious, leisurely and stingy humble self of bicycle touring over other kinds of travelling. Me being quite a fan of minimalism did definitely not have a bad impact on this development. Meanwhile, I finished my master studies in physics attempting to gain a little more understanding of the mysteries and laws of our universe. Initially, we planned to already do a long bicycle tour directly after we both graduated, but the outbreak of the Corona pandemic caused us to reschedule our plans. Instead I realized my fun in programming by working as a software engineer. Now, after this rather long time of uncertainty and planning, I am really happy to start on this tour, which has grown to a scope that we did not even dream of when having planned our after-graduate tour two years ago.
I was born in 1994 in the very southwest of Germany. Being the fastest means of transportation available for a child, the bicycle has always been my first choice when I wanted to get from A to B on my own. When Felix Göpel gave a talk about his bicycle trip from Berlin to South Korea at my school in 2009, this was my first contact with long-distance bicycle touring and I was spellbound not only by the talk but then also by his book ‘Mit dem Fahrrad zur WM’. The thought that I would not forgive myself at the end of my life, if I had not gone on a multimonth bicycle trip myself someday, goes back to this time. In 2011 I went on my first real bicycle tour together with my friend Philipp, which took us from Southwest Germany to Venice. After graduating from school (‘Abitur’) in 2013 I resumed this tour and rode from Venice to Istanbul together with Fabian – my longest tour so far. An advantage of my subsequent study of physics was that there were – compared to other subjects – rather few exams during the holidays, which allowed me to undertake several more bicycle tours during which I covered a total of over 14 000 kilometers (for more details on my former tour see my homepage). During the time I enrolled for my masters degree in physics, I got to know Belinda and the dream of going on a long bicycle tour together arose and became more and more concrete very quickly. The Corona epidemics forced us not to start after our university graduation right away, but to wait for another two years. During this time I worked at a bus subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn as a transport planner, we saved the money and pottered on our plans and dreams. Now, in 2022, the time has finally come to dive into our new life.
About Central Asia 2022
In the following articles, we describe how the project ‘Central Asia 2022’ came about and what it is about:
Support by Help, Hints, Feedback
Practical hints, feedback or other forms of help – such as an invitation for an overnight stay or a bug report for our website – can be a tremendous support. You are very welcome to contact us!
Support by Telling and Sharing
The initial idea behind this website and our podcast was primarily to keep our family and friend in the loop about our whereabouts. Then, the more time we put into creating the website and developing a podcast concept, the more we had a broader audience and listenership in mind and the more ambitious we became in pursuing the goal of developing the website and podcast into a really comprehensive and great project.
What goes hand in hand with this, however, is that it would now be even cooler if we could actually find a few people who we could welcome as visitors to our website and listeners to the podcast. And since we can’t build our project on an already existing broad community and we don’t have a media company with a marketing department behind our backs, we are dependent on your word-of-mouth.
Every website visitor, every podcast listener and even more every recommendation enables and motivates us not only to extend the tour and thus to run the website and podcast longer, but also to put more time into the content, to update it more often or to publish new episodes and reports more often as well as to constantly improve the quality in terms of technology and content.
Therefore, the best, easiest and most lovely way to support us is to tell others about our tour, our podcast and our website. Maybe you know someone who might be interested? Just send them the link to our website! Or you can link our website on your homepage or post a link on social media. We have put together the following banners, logos and other graphics that you are welcome to use for this purpose!
The German versions of these graphics can be found here.
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About the license:
Like all content on this website, these graphics are licenced under CC BY-NC-SA (see also the Legal Notices). It is explicitly allowed and desired to publish the above graphics in connection with our tour (e. g. together with a link to our website)!
We are looking forward to receive any kind of feedback, questions or other messages. Feel free to contact us
While we are on tour it may well happen that we are without internet access for a couple of days in a row; thus it may take some time for us to react to your messages.
Our podcast episodes usually feature an FAQ part (in German, though), which is dedicated to a different topic in each episode. Here you find an overview over all topics covered by the FAQ parts of our podcast. The detailed questions that are answered in these episodes can be found on our German FAQ page.