This was my worst trip (so far)

Read why my planned trip through NL and BE was -blown into the water-

Jesus christ… I just wanted to visit the netherlands and belgium, that’s all. But guess what happened? …

Let me start last week. I decided to do a roadbike trip through the netherlands and belgium (I’m not allowed to say bikepacking, because I don’t have a proper seatbag for my roadbike).

My mom came back from vacation on sunday, so I decided to start already and drive a few kilometers. Initially, I wanted to start on monday. I started at around 4:00 PM and Mario brought me to the ferry. In the night from sunday to monday, I was wild camping (it’s illegal) near Brake, around 40km from home, a very beautiful place actually.

It was my first time alone in a tent, and as I’m scared in the dark, it was one of the hardest nights I ever had.

For some idiotic reason, I started my trip with an empty power bank and nearly empty phone battery – I thought that the solar panel can power it both and give me enough juice for the night. The sun was weak and I went into the tent with 20% phone charge.

Before I felt asleep, I heard noises and thought that someone is gonna steal my bike, so I called Mario and brought my bike to my tent. I turned my phone off at 6%. In the middle of the night, I heard chainsaws and warning horns very near to me – looks like someone was cutting trees or whatever.

I woke up in the morning at around 5:00 AM, and my phone was about to be empty. The sun didn’t shine yet (obviously it was really cold), so I drove to thew city center of Brake and charged my phone in a bakery.

I started my trip to Emmen in the netherlands. At around 15:30, I crossed the border.

I met Jarno and he brought me a power bank by car. We then wanted to meet in the city, but it started to rain and I stopped at some random house. Someone came out and I asked them if I can sleep in their Carport; that literally saved my day as I was about to cancel my tour and go back to germany. I wasn’t prepared for rain at all, and based on the weather forecast, both Jarno and me didn’t expect it too.

In the evening, I was very unmotivated and I thought about ending my tour and going back to germany by train. Through another bikepacking whatsapp group, I know Simon who is on a trip from germany to Kopenhagen. I decided to go to Lübeck by train and follow him on his trip.

After just 20 kilometers with him, I noticed that my stamina isn’t ready for that many hills and so much headwind, so I decided to go back home by train.

Joshua Treudler

Ich bin 21 Jahre jung, wurde im norddeutschen Bremerhaven geboren und absolviere im Moment mein Abitur in Hamburg. Ich interessiere mich für Digitalisierung und Mobile Payments, seit kurzem schreibe ich darüber mit Freunden in diesem Blog.

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