Road Cycling, multi stages, in the valleys, from Brussels to Budapest, July 2021

According to the famous quote used in American football which says: Act like you've been there before, it struck me that this one was particularly appropriate when one makes a long distance trip.

Indeed, when you prepare your trip well, think of as many details as possible, you have the impression of acting as if you had already been there before, as if you had already been there.

For example, you might know that at the end of such a stage, there is a long climb and you are not caught off guard when you have covered more than 150 km with 10 kg luggage, and a hot bitumen caused by blazing heat.

Thus, thanks to the online platform of calculitineraires.fr, each of the stages has been surveyed on this platform and the difference in level calculated on this site makes it possible to choose one route rather than another.

Below are some itineraries of the 2014 trip between Liège in Belgium and Gornesti in Romania.

Thimister-Houffalize

Bastogne-Etalle

Etalle-Ittersdorf

Viehhausen-Au_an_der_Donau

Wien-Medvedov

Komarom-Budapest

Budapest-Békésszentandrás

Békésszentandrás-Hasmas

Hasmas-Rosia_Montana

Rosia_Montana-Gornesti

Details of the journey which took place between 16th to 31st Mars 2020 from Belgium to Budapest with my dog and only a tent as a sleep place due to the corona virus.

A long bike ride across the borders with a wind from East and North through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Hungary to end in Budapest. 

Below, you'll find the daily steps.

Day 1 - 16 mars

Departure from La Louvière in Belgium and cross the Belgium, partly with train, to arrive to the Campsite of Neufchateau and have my first night under the stars. 

Day 2  - 17 mars

Neufchateau (B) - Montenach (F) : 

Road in the Luxembourg. Crossing the border at Messancy. 

Crossing the french border at Contz les Bains.

Sleeping in a hunter house

Day 3 - 18 mars

Montenach (F) - Homburg (D) : 

Crossing border at Schwerdorf. 

Beautifull road between Saarbrucken and Homburg. 

Accomodation at the Youth Hostelling of Homburg. 

Day 4 - 19 mars

Homburg (D) - Kaempfelbach (D) 

Crossing of the Pfalz Land, crossing of then Rhein at Karlsruhe. 

Hostel without reception at Kaempfelbach. 

Day 5 - 20 mars

Kæmpfelbach - Schwabisch Gemund 

A long the Enz river

Sleeping in a hunter house

 Day 6 - 21 mars

Schwabisch Gemund – Dillingen 

Difficult day with hard climb, cold and snowly weather. 

Sleeping in my tent which was settled in a container in a industrial zone. 

Day 7 - 22 mars

Dillingen - Landshut 

Hilly road at the Sud of the  Danube until Moosburg an der Isar, then flat road a long the Isar River.

Sleeping under my tent which was settled close to my friend Monika who received me with a warm welcome and approvisionned me with a nice diner. 

Day 8 - 23 mars

Landshut - Vilshofen 

Road a long the Isar River, then at the end of the mountain, slop down to the large valley of the Danube River. 

Sleeping under tent at the empty Campsite of Vilshofen. 

Day 9 - 24 mars

Vilshofen - Passau (A) 

Due to the closing of the bike road a long the Danube River, climbing from Obernzell to a small village where live my friend at the Zinöcher Höllmüll.

Sleeping under tent with minus 8C

Day 10 - 25 mars 

Passau-Au an der Donau 

After crossing the bordser at the other side of the forest, slope down to the Danube River to take again the bike road until  Au an der Donau 

Sleeping under tent at the empty Campsite of Au an der Donau. 

Day 11 - 26 mars

Au an der Donau- Ober Grafendorf 

After Ybbs, hilly road.

Sleeping under tent close to a small river and approvisionnement of food and battery at the petrol station. 

Day 12 - 27 mars

Ober Grafendorf - Neunkirchen 

Cycling road between Wiener NeuStadt and Neukirchen and also a long the valley. 

Sleeping under tent which was settled on a small caban for the farmer to see his cows. 

Day 13 - 28 mars

Neunkirchen- Rönök (HU) 

After the valley came the hill. Euro9 road to the top at Mönichkirchen.

Crossing the hungarian border at Inzenhof. 

Accomodation in a straw house at my friends Wouter and Leen and their son, Emile. 

Day 14 - 29 mars

Rönök - Keszthely 

Nice cycling road a long the train line to arrive at Zalaegerszeg. Nice view point of Zalaegerszeg after culminate a hill, then national road without traffic. 

Sleeping under tent in a disused house in a cold and windy night. 

Day 15 - 30 mars

Keszthely - Székesfehérvár 

Road a long the Balaton until Balatonkenese, then same itinerary than 2019.

Sleeping under tent near to a farm, a long a small river at the entrance of Székesfehérvár. 

Day 16- 31 mars

Székesfehérvár - Budapest : 

Road in the Hungarian plain then followed by the long and new road which starts with a splendid street of very old "platane" tree, a golf course and then this long and wide new road with little traffic from Alscùtdoboz to Etyek

Arrival in my flat of Budapest. 

I have been to Budapest this summer with my bike and my dog. I have crossed Germany, Styrie in austria and I have travelled along the Balaton.  It was very pleasant to travel with my dog.

You will find below some pictures of my journey :

Crossing the Rhein

 Traversee Rhein

Picnic on the way

Picnic

Swimming in the city parc of 'Ingolstadt

baignade

In the room of a campsite

 

camping

Diverse

calin

At the theater of Donauworth

Theatre

 

I have been to Ireland with my bike to participate in a BRM qualification for the PBP 2019.

Here is my bike, the day of departure.

 I tied a roll of stretch wrap, found in a local store, on the handlebars.

On the baggage rack, I placed the cardboard that will be used to protect the bike all around, once at the airport.

I settled in the airport near the baggage check and unfolded the cardboard on the ground, put my bike on it and closed the box.

I then packed everything in the stretch wrap as shown in the picture below. 

To make this package, you need tape and a small knife that you will put careffuly in a luggage of the bike because you will need to return.

Same note for the stretch wrap roll that you can see on the picture above on the luggage rack.

You also need a nice person who has the time to help you to hold the bike (there are many nice person in the airports) while you turn around with the stretch wrap .

Count an hour to pack.

Unfortunately, the day before the BRM in Ireland, the weather announced a Yellow Warning, translate a storm with masses of polar air.

The event was therefore canceled but I still made part of the course despite the very variable weather, sun, rain, grelon, snow ... as evidenced by the following picture.

I also took advantage of my free time to take the train with my bike and go to the south of Ireland.

It is recommended to book online for your bike as there are only two places available for bikes throughout the train.

The coach that accepts the bikes is at the beginning or the end of the train and is marked with a bicycle sticker as shown in the following photo.

 

 The train is very comfortable for travelers but also for bicycle as shown on the picture below. 

My name is Frédéric, I was born in Verviers in 1972. Graduated in 1995 with a degree in industrial engineering, I have had various professional experiences in a wide variety of fields.

You can discover my CV here.
My last experience took place in Hungary where I represented a Walloon company looking for new customers in this market. If you want to know more, you can read my report below
Work in Hungary
I always liked riding a bike and until I was 16 and my first moped, I always went to school by bike.

At the question "riding high or on a roll?" I choice the first. 
My first trip to Romania was in 2003. I also welcomed bike riders to my home and I enjoyed meeting new people.
I hope there will be furthermore!