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For me, travelling does not mean scrubbing kilometres, not checking POIs, not chasing times. Ok, I also had to learn that myself, because the sporting aspect is also quite appealing: how many kilometres have I covered today? How many vertical meters? What average speed did I reach? And especially among men, the idea of competition often plays a (sometimes quite large) role. Once you’ve freed yourself from it, you suddenly realize that you’re experiencing more: more landscape, more people, more acquaintances, more hospitality. For me, travelling means living, learning, experiencing.

Of course, there are two sides to that with people: the personal encounter is incredibly enriching, crowds at tourist attractions (like so-called “insider tips”, which are no longer “inside” when they are published at the latest) turn me off. And of course I also like to see such scenic hotspots – and am part of the tourist mass. Not that I’m afraid of people, but a lonely landscape fills me with deeper peace than for example the hustle and bustle on the Kleine Scheidegg in front of the north faces of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (which one should have seen nevertheless).

Bike and foot are my favourite means of transport. In both cases nothing separates you from the landscape, from the places or from the people you meet. The contact is much more direct than e.g. in a car. However, I also like the variety: the Midwest of the USA on foot? I can’t imagine. Even the German low mountain ranges quickly become too monotonous for me when the forests never stop and don’t allow a clear view. In the Alps, on the other hand, where the landscape changes behind every pass, on every ridge and the direction of view shifts, I prefer to walk. If the landscape changes rather deliberately, the bicycle is the means of travel of my choice.

That’s why these pages tell about my hikes as well as my bike tours. Or ours. Because many of them I have undertaken with Uta, who is my favourite travel companion. Or with Leo, my favourite mountain companion.

That’s why these pages tell about my hikes as well as my bike tours. Or ours. Because many of them I have undertaken with Uta, who is my favourite travel companion. Or with Leo, my favourite mountain companion.

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