Bikram Biking – UP&down

I had two months off, two months to bike. What shall I do? Where shall I go? One thing I knew for sure, I wouldn’t follow rivers, this time. Neither would I be heading towards a sea… I’ve always wanted to go to Istanbul, but I never succeeded. Would I, could I this time? From Amsterdam to Istanbul, biking the highest route through the mountains. In two months…

Summer 2015. UP&down, UP&down. The game was on, just like the sun. Bikini biking. Bikram biking. UP&down, UP&down. Biking the HIGH route from Amsterdam to Istanbul the Balkans.

Into the hills

It took me four days to get to Luxembourg where I met Elise who joined me for two weeks.

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Chicks & Bikes

From that moment on, we conquered hill after hill, col after col – two climbers, climbing mountains by bike.

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Hilly Luxembourg

Des Vosges des France, hills are getting steeper!

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Col de la Veu des Alps

The Alps

In Switserland the temperature started to rise, during a heat wave we crossed the Alps from Belfort to Chamonix and went further south via Col du Galibier to Briancon. It was our Bikram Bikini Biking tour des Montagnes!

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Eat, Sleep, Cycle – Anna Hughes

Almost three weeks on the road, yet only two rainy days. In Briancon I had to say goodbye to Elise. She went on to Nice and for me it was time to continue my journey eastwards, to Istanbul. After a few more climbs, I decended to the the Po Valley followed by a week of long, boring, bloody hot days until I reached Lago di Como and climbed up again.

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Oehoehoeee! Snowy Mountains, finally!!

Slovenia

After Italy I entered Slovenia via the Predil Pass. During my Black Sea Biking Trip (summer 2012), I crossed this country for the first time and fell in love. I fell in love with Slovenia and I still am!

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Soča Valley, sLOVEnia
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Triglav National Park, Slovenia
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Lake Bled, Slovenia

The Balkans

Although Slovenia has a bit of a Balkan vibe, the more east I cycled, the more overwhelmed I felt. It’s almost a different world. Beautiful, but though. I did not know what to feel or what to think, so I just kept on pedaling…

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Una river, BiH
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Luna Park
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Between Bihać and Ripač, BiH
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Una NP, BiH

Bosnië Herzegovina - between Drvar and Livno

Between Drvar and Livno, BiH

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On my way to Tomislavgrad, BiH
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Blidinje NP, BiH
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Mostar, BiH
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Lovćen Pass with a view on the bay of Kotor, Montenegro
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Pick up @ Cetinje, Montenegro

The end

After nearly 4000 kilometres, from Amsterdam to Cetinje, NO flat tires, many many beautiful mountains, loads of inspiring moments and beautiful people, my time was up. Time to go home and get back to work. No Istanbul, but I had an unforgettable adventure anyways.

Eat Sleep Cycle

A link to the Outdooractive multi-stage-tour will follow soon! For now you could have a look at the day tours on this map or check out this list.


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