Baerbel Gerhardt took a career break from her corporate communications job to cycle the world with her partner Johan.
In September 2012, the couple left Germany to begin a 21-month tour riding a total of 26,000 kilometers through 23 countries on 3 continents.
After a 15-month break in Germany, the couple set off on the second leg of their bicycle touring adventure. This time Baerbel and Johan cycled through Central Asia and North America before returning to Europe in late 2016.
Baerbel's blog is peppered with pretty pictures and honest accounts of life on the road. She doesn't try to romanticize bike touring, but shares openly the ups and downs of cycling around the world.
Despite a breathtaking and ear-popping ride on Oman’s most scenic coastal road there was only one suitable beach for us, but having cycled less than 20km we decided to move on not knowing that we wouldn’t find another place for a quiet rest – all of the other beaches were far too small and hence too close to the road. So we ended up crossing the border, which was challenging because we had to deal with the most stupid border officer you can imagine.
So we ended up crossing the border, which was challenging because we had to deal with the most stupid border officer you can imagine. First, he didn’t speak English while only dealing with foreign passports and second he wouldn’t understand how we got to Musandam even though two other officers explained to him several times that we took the ferry.
It felt as if we had spent hours at this border post and we were relieved when the guy finally stamped our passports and let us leave. The rest of the day we cycled through one big industrial area on a dusty highway together with hundreds of trucks.
No fun at all and we were glad when we finally reached a resthouse, where we pitched our tent next to the empty swimming pool following another nightmarish discussion with the guesthouse staff. We just didn’t want to pay a lot of money for a depressing room and beach camping wasn’t possible due to all the factories.
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