2500KM | 7 COUNTRIES | 6 EUROPEAN RIVERS
A very happy semi-retired couple, born in the sixties and married for a wonderful 28 years. They decided to do what they love by going on an adventure. Having a strong desire to rove, the young wanderlust couple decided to take on the famous EuroVelo. The European cycle route network. It includes thousands of kilometers of bike paths, regional cycle routes into a single European network. Set to be a cycling holiday of a lifetime.
“We both enjoy traveling. Enjoying something adventurous every day. Furthermore, So biking or walking holidays are perfect for us,” says Clayton.
Eurovelo6 Route will take Clayton and Maree from the Black Sea through France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Austria. Their plan is to reach Vienna by the 9th of August.
Europe has a lot to offer in terms of fascinating cities, untouched nature, delicious food, and interesting culture.
Clayton and Maree made a spontaneous decision to get themselves a versatile bike. Easy-riding bike to take them where ever they want to go, mile after mile.
The twosome bought two identical Silverback Shuffle bike. A do-everything platform bike made to navigate the urban landscape.
1st July 2018, Clayton and Maree flew to Paris. They began their voyage along the Loire River in the upper region of France. Having only 90 minutes from arriving in France to catching the train to Nates was a heart-pumping challenge.
They started making their way to Vienna along the Loire, Saône, Doubs, Rhine & Danube rivers which is approximately 3000km plus.
Each Shuffle bike is carrying about 10kg each. In a pannier with a variety of goods to keep their journey stress free.
The plan is to get fit along the way, have fun and to disconnect from the digital world.
“We are trying to go unplugged. No cycle computer and no GPS. We are going at the speed that we are. We have some guide books and notes. It is ok to get lost,” adds Maree.
Their days are unplanned. Not much thought is put into their traveling, “In fact, we got very confused the other day.” utters Clayton.
The Wakefield’s recommend any wanderlust to cycle through the scenic landscape. One can expect lots of friendly hosts along the way, “the marvelous way people can communicate without speaking each other’s language. Also, the exciting feeling of getting on the bike for another 70km. The even better feeling of getting off the bike after 70km,” says Maree.
Besides having one flat wheel in 30 days and having some sore legs, the rest of the journey was a breeze.
When I asked how this journey has changed them, Clayton replied: “Yes, we are now both thinner.”
Thhey went galivanting from the historic Chateau Chananceau to Rhine swimming with a Wickelfische in Basel and experiencing different kinds of coffee and pastry for breakfast!
“It is so much fun. Yet, and so easy to do. Follow the route, talk to the locals, view sights, eat and drink well and enjoy every day as it comes. Oh and of course ride a Silverback!”
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