Trip to Barcelona:
Other cycling trips (in Dutch only):
Afterthought on our cycling
trip from Eindhoven (the Netherlands) to Barcelona
In april/may of 2003, Eric and I cycled from our home in
Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to Barcelona, in Spain. On this
page, you'll find what we think of the trip, looking
back on it.
It was a fantastic trip, in which we had many unforgettable
experiences. We saw beautiful views, met friendly people,
and (even though we tend to forget this) accomplished quite
something. It was absolutely, 100% certain, worth it, and
we hope to do something like this again.
Of course, a cycling trip like this mustn't be underestimated,
especially if you haven't done such a thing before, and
aren't really a super outdoor-freak (and if you're not into
the no-pain-no-gain thing).
There were moments in which a few small inconveniences -
which were insignificant by themselves - started adding up.
Sometimes it got to the point that we were seriously fed up,
that we had a psychological dip. However, it never got quite
so bad that we actually even considered giving up. These
phases were always followed by a pleasant descent, a nice
view, or a fun pub, and we were always back on our way before
we knew it, feeling a lot better and with the bad moment
already fading into the past.
Judith's achilles heel infection on the third day was a
different thing; we were seriously worried that this could
bring our trip to a sudden halt, and were trying to find a
work-around. The actual solution, however, was better than
any we came up with: a Belgian doctor filled the heel with
his cocaine stuff, and we could continue on our journey
almost without a problem!
Eric's illness, a few days before we arrived in Barcelona,
was never a serious threat. We had already come so far, and
were so determined, that he would have cycled on even with
diarrhoea and nausea. However, we would probably have taken
the train for the very last bit into Barcelona, if he hadn't
I read another travelogue of a long cycling trip, and I agree
with what the author wrote. Basically, the good memories
remain good, and the bad ones develop into cool anecdotes. The
anecdotes already start forming during the trip, and get
even better once you're home! This way, even the worst things
you might run into, end up with something of a positive twist.
We did think this was a challenge, but on the other hand it
was not as hard as we had feared. We just packed our bags
every morning, mounted our bikes, and cycled a bit further.
No problem! Just do it! And that brings us to what we think
is the most difficult part of the entire trip: starting
it. Not just thinking about doing something like this, but
getting down to it! So if you're thinking about a long-distance
cycling trip, our advice is to go ahead, do it, and it will
be worth it!
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