D (Germany): 1-5 July 1999
A (Austria): 5-7- July
H (Hungary): 7-10 July
Ro (Romania): 10-15 July
BG (Bulgaria): 15-18 July
TR (Turkey): 18 July-2 Aug.
IR (Iran): 2-17 Aug.
TM (Turkmenistan): 17-23 Aug.
UZ (Uzbekistan): 23 Aug.-2 Sept.
KS (Kyrgyzstan): 2-10 Sept.
RC (China): 10 Sept-28 Oct.
120 days, 18,86 km/h & 6.34 h in average (on tour)
The material: usual steel frame (Schauff Hurricane Trophy). Handlebars and triathlon bars are from Syntace (Syntace C2 Clip), the suspended saddle tube from SittingBull 'Golden Tomahawk'. Magura delivered the hydraulic brakes (HS33), Stolz from Switzerland was responsible for the carriers and the bags/clothes were from Karrimor. 24 KG of classical and non-classical outdoor and survival stuff.
On 7/1/1999 we started cycling after 8 month of planning. Bensheim near Frankfurt was a good compromise for us, Michael Giefer (25) & Sebastian Burger (19), to start together.
4,5 days, 701 km: Germany (1 - 5 July 1999, Bensheim-Passau)
2,5 days, 359 km: Austria (5 - 7 July 1999)
3,5 days, 513 km: Hungary (7 -10 July 999)
6 days, 679 km: Romania (10 -15 July 1999)
3 days, 366 km: Bulgaria (15 -18 July1999)
This July was one of the hottest. So we loved the Danube River for cooling us from time to time. It also leads us from Germany, which we left after 4 nice days, to Austria. Our 'Highway' to Vienna.
Hungary was except for some fights with mosquito quite boring for us. In Romania we see the first time differences in the way of life.
We spend 5 nights in Rumania’s jungles and were always afraid of the lightning. Well I was afraid. Michael not... Luckily I got to know the fact, that there still are bears and wolfs after the trip because otherwise I would have died of fear...