Travel
2022: Various Hikes / Tours
2021: Various Hikes / Tours
2020: Hiking Swiss Jura Crest & Alpine Panorama Trail
2020: Hiking Swiss Alps
2020: Various Hikes / Tours
2019: Hiking 4 Days in Swiss Alps, Furka & Grimsel
2019: Hiking 5 Days Gotthard Region
2016: Tour Aare, Les Doubs & Rhein
2015: France & Italy
2014: Central Europe
2013: France & Italy
2012: Italy & France
2011: Europe: Three Tours
2010: India
2009: France: Two Tours
2008: Tour de Romandie
2008: Zug - Bern - Zug
2008: Strasbourg
2008: Europe
2007: France
2005: France & Italy
2004: USA: Denver - Sedona
2004: Lenzburg - Marseille
2004: La Gomera
2003: Sardinien
2003: La Gomera
2002: Korsika
2002: Bordeaux - Hendaye
1998: Switzerland
1997: USA
1996: USA: Colorado & Arizona


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2014: Central Europe

April 16, 2014: Rougon - Castellane - Col de Toutes Aures (1124m) - Carros 96km (5:37) 1434km

Ascending back to the Lac de Castillion and Verdon, and ascended to Col de Toutes Aures at 1124m, about 8C temperature there, I stopped briefly to eat and then descended into the nice valley of river Galange, and continue the valley & river of Coulomp - not many places to camp in the wild - so I ended up quite close to Nice/Nizza, a place along the bicycle path.

Entrevaux
Entrevaux
Entrevaux
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Entrevaux

April 17, 2014: Carros - Nice - Ventimiglia - Imperia 126km (7:09) 1550km

I knew this would become a long and challenging day, because I knew which place I wanted to reach - one of the most beautiful places to camp in the wild on the coast: riding through Nice, and then hilly reaching Monte Carlo, which has incredible steep ascends (or descends depending which direction you come from), and due to a tennis event some of the roads were closed and more detour in the city - finally reached Menton, the last city or village in France, and then further to Italy and Ventimiglia, and then Imperia at rush hour, and again an ascend until I reached "my" place.

Full moon 2014/04/17 near Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza
Nice/Nizza

April 18, 2014: Imperia - Savona - Albisola - Colla del Giorno (516m) - Sassello 109km (6:55) 1659km

Beautiful morning with rising sun, mild temperature - stilly hilly but slowly more flat reaching Savona, a few kilometers further, at Albisola I ascend up north, from 0m elevation up to Colla del Giorno at 516m, with a few very steep passages - and at the top the weather changes, cool wind, and a bit rain even at 8C. I continue and decide to descend in the hope it gets warmer again - a few kilometers before Sassello I find a place to camp, the first place with tics as it turns out.

Colla del Giorno (516m)
Colla del Giorno (516m)

April 19, 2014: Sassello 0km (-) 1659km

Rainy day, so I wait but end up staying the entire day here . . .

Rainy day
Rain leaking into the tent

April 20, 2014: Sassello - Acqui Terme 51km (3:02) 1710km

Misty morning, the sun comes through slowly - finally it warms up quickly and I continue to descend further to Acqui Terme, warm water sources in the city itself. A few kilometers outside I camp - as it starts to rain and the place is ok.

Acqui Terme
Acqui Terme
Acqui Terme

April 21, 2014: Acqui Terme 0km (-) 1710km

Rain day, exploring a bit the environment, but the near-by lake can't be reached easily with the bicycle, so I stay with my tent here.

April 22, 2014: Acqui Terme - Alessandria 59km (3:54) 1769km

Nice day, quite warm again, and I reach Alessandria and head to the Po, but it's not easy to get close to the river Tanaro, which later enters the river Po.

April 23, 2014: Alessandria - Broni 57km (3:22) 1826km

The Po plane is quite flat, and so the sunrise of this morning is beautiful and early - unlike in the more hilly or mountaineous regions I was in France - near Broni I camp near a small channel with clear water and take the chance to wash again some cloths and let it dry in the late but strong afternoon sun.

Wet (humidity) tent in the morning


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