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We departed for our final destination in Germany, sad to be close to leaving Germany behind. We’d anticipated we’d have more time but our return to the UK was looming and the bike parks were slowly shutting down for the end of the summer. We headed for the border, divided by the natural border of the Rhine. We we’re within striking distance of Strasbourg (in France), but we remained on the German… Read More

Departing Donaueschingen, we headed towards Triberg in the Black Forest. We arrived late in the evening so most of the tourist town was closed for the day. It was still beautiful, with all the cuckoo clock shops lit up for the evening. The next morning, we took a valley top path from where we had parked up that curved round through an old track, trees above us on the mountainside and beautiful… Read More

You know you’re re-sizing when you plan on moving into a space 8m², then share that with somebody else, which means thats 4m² each, right? Then, throwing a slight curveball, add a dog, who takes up all 8m² to himself unashamedly. In this gargantuan 8m², you’ll need to build a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom, dining area and storage for all of our worldy posessions. Oh and you’ll need power, gas and plumbing. And what do you end up… Read More

And so we find ourselves back in Germany, heading towards Donaueschimgen. We picked this place because it looked nice and we wanted somewhere to bed down for the night. As is often the case, we ended up staying a few days. The location was great, with access to cycle paths and walks all around the area. We decided to have an explore the next day. We took Chief out for a ride… Read More

Feeling revved up for some more excitement, we set our sights on another bike park. Unable to find too much about it other than the fact it had easy downhill routes, we headed off anyway in the hope that we’d be able to ride the tracks.   We arrived in the middle of the day at Fiss. Immediately, even though we were surrounded by vans, there were obvious no camping overnight signs,… Read More

We found ourselves driving back into Austria, via Innsbruck towards one of the only free places we could find in the mountains. Originally we’d set our sights on going to Sölden, but they only had a campsite there and we prefer Aires to campsites. Han found an Aire located in the next valley along which would provide us with ample opportunity for walking, mountain views and potentially the cable car ride we’d… Read More

Having spent an amazing few days at Geisskopf Bike Park, we decided to begin our journey south through Germany. We’d always intended to return to Austria as a month earlier it was too warm to hike. As it was now September, it appeared we would leave the +30°C temperatures behind. We knew we’d like Germany, however traveling through it was even more picturesque than we imagined. Although at this point we were… Read More

Having dropped Beth off at the airport, we’d already decided that today we wanted to make our way back to Germany and eventually Austria. Han had found through the park4night app a place to stay in Germany at a bike park. We didn’t expect much but set off on the Czech back roads regardless. Such is the pace of our travels that Beth was safely home before we’d even arrived in Germany…. Read More

Leaving Prague and heading south to Bohemia we based ourselves at a campsite along the shore of Lake Lipno, a great spot for kayaking and relaxing in the Czech sunshine. We were still one up on our usual trio and my sister was really getting into the swing of van life. We were keen to visit the nearby town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known by the travel… Read More

In the Olomouc region of Czech Republic we stumbled upon the fantastic Rychlebské stezky bike park. It offered great trails, a pump track and skills course, and a camping field next to the visitor centre where for £5 a night we had full access to the bar and cafe, hot showers, toilets and all the riding we could manage. We couldn’t believe our luck! There was a great atmosphere with plenty of… Read More