How to fall in love with your Bicycle this Spring

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Cycling through the golden fields in Bavaria

I want to share with you how I developed a new-found love-affair with my bicycle this Spring time.

No, it’s not the current trend here in Germany, nor a health fad, but yes, it’s the number one outdoor sport choice! Fortunately, I am married to a Dutchman, from The Netherlands, the land of cyclists. The land where Bicycles and people are like Bread and Hagelslag  or sprinkles (totally inseparable!).

For the record, Dutch people revolved their lives in Fiets ( Bicycle) and from the country with much more Bicycles than inhabitants, so yes, they have a serious affair with bicycles. Add the fact that I am  living in a country where cycling is ingrained in everyone’s mind. Cycling is a big part of German culture. If you will move to Germany, it is likely that you will buy a bike! It is very rare to find an adult German who did not grow up riding a bike and whose children, parents, and even grandparents probably still ride bikes. My neighbor who is almost 80 years old,  still rides her bike gracefully, twice a week doing her groceries by bike and doesn’t mind cycling during winter.Amazing, right?

So, I am inspired by this.

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I am not in the lowlands but I am cycling under a carpet of Cumulus clouds.

The weather nowadays is at its best here in Bavaria.Thinking that for the past 8 years I got used to 50+ degrees C temperatures outside, here on the other hand, a mild 10-25 degrees in a bright sunny day is absolutely amazing! Not too hot, not too windy and the chill is just right.

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16- Kilometers of cycling with a toddler rewards us some photo-ops in the Stables with lots of horses so shy from the camera.

My little old town, Ingolstadt,  can be explored extremely well on a bicycle.The cycling tours will take you through a typical Bavarian agricultural landscapes, Asparagus fields, and hop gardens scenic views to the south, up to the foothills of the Altmühltal nature park to the north. Pretty villages with public houses and Biergartens ( Beer garden) line the route.

We are joining our first Bike tour ( Biotopradwandertag 2017) this coming Sunday, with my toddler of course, so stay tuned for my stories later about it!

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Toddler and adventures kind of day!

However, much more than one day is needed to discover everything that Bavaria has to offer.If you are a tourist, a trip to the historical sites in the pedestrianized Old Town is a must.The easy-to-follow- biotop adventure path, with a total of 11km in length is also another option.The path consists of 18 stages. At each stage you can find out about the habitats of animals and plants and why do we need to protect them.This is an interesting cycling path for the nature lovers and for active cyclists.

Do you live in seasons? What’s the best way for you to enjoy Spring?

For me, soaking up under the sun, cycling til my ass hurts,BBQ and picnic outdoors, admiring the golden rapeseed fields, and chilling’ in beautiful gardens full of spring blooms! Sure thing I do miss the beach back then in Kuwait and the island-hopping in the tropical islands back home in Ph, but then, spring time in Europe is not that bad. It is actually a whole new experience for me.

These are the moments in Spring that feels like summer–like having BBQ with friends in our garden, grilling the Bratwurst ,indulging in fresh green salads, eating ice cream almost every day (OMG! burn the calories through cycling! ) and finally, wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts!

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Always looking forward to the next cycling adventure!

I have a 2.5 year old toddler, and it’s absolutely not a problem! We bundled her up in the kindersitze and she also can have fresh air and outdoor times. Packed with lots of snacks and bag full of patience, off we go! Last week, we did a 15km ride to the East side of the city with my daughter and it was great. The great thing about cycling is that you get active, relax, meditate, at the same time enjoying some quality family time. I never imagined in my life that cycling could be this good, it will leave you craving for more and more. Once you learned to create adventures with your Bike, you’ll be cycling for life. Also,this is what I love about Germany–spending outdoors with family is a matter of priority!

Through our bicycle trips, we discovered many playgrounds. A pit stop to a nearby Spielplatz (playground) always makes the day and erase boredom from sitting in the bike.We always make it a point to explore nature, local sightings, and fun kid-friendly activities.

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Along the way, finding beauty in everything comes naturally. No filter needed even if I only uses my iPhone to capture photos because its handy.

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Orange poppies can be so lovely!

A pit stop in another lake on the other side of the city was totally worth the hours of cycling. The lake, surrounded with trees, boats sailing, swans swimming, and a cheerful crowd busy having BBQ’s, picnic and just lazing around the lake. The waters still too cold for a swim but I can see so many people put up their tents, camping and fishing. This place is a picture of a simple, serene escape from the busy-ness of the roads in the city.

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Old ladies chatting up with each other, under the tree, beside the lake.

Watching the time goes by while cycling and Wandertag with nature is the perfect Spring past time.

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Having some quiet time along the river

Cycling through the river Danube is one famous bike trails in Europe.The Danube cycle path is one of the best- known and passes through the unique,natural areas.There are many other interesting routes to explore, such as the Via Raetica along the historically Roman road. I live 10 minutes away from the banks of Danube river and this photo above is one of my favorite place to stop and just breathe in. It’s so peaceful!

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Discovering the beauty of Peonies

One can enjoy the scenic river views and enjoy the splashing from the little creeks with the ducks swimming by.  If you have time to kill, you can even catch your dinner from this point.This is also a great place to catch a sight of some birds. The extensive Donauauen ( the wooden areas on the banks of the Danube) stretch from west to east, making it a great starting point for any outdoor activity. If you got tired and needed to rest, there are enough platforms along the Danube to rest on and watch the flow of the river.

In the end,how far can you cycle will depend on your level of fitness.

 

Do you like cycling?

What’s your Bucket list for Spring?

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Thank you for reading my friends, hoping everyone of you are enjoying the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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32 thoughts on “How to fall in love with your Bicycle this Spring

  1. Ooh, peonies 😊 Lovely pics! People ride their bikes quite a lot here, too. Do they wear helmets over there (adults)? Over here, most people do! Riding a bike can make it feel like summer, it’s a nice feeling! Freedom! 😄 Great post, Christina! 💕

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  2. It has been years since I got on a bike. Which is shame as I used to love cycling as a kid. I even have Olympian cyclists in the family! Beautiful pictures x

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  3. I grew up cycling everywhere and when we lived in Germany we would use our bicycles a lot too. My city here in the States is not very bicycle friendly, or safe, and there’s never enough time to take the bikes to the countryside. But the gym is nearby and I have a stationary bike at home, so it kind of counts, although you don’t get the fresh air or the scenery. Love your photos, btw!!!

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  4. What a wonderful post! I love the photos of your bike, the gorgeous horse and the poppy flowers- so pretty. I absolutely love cycling and you are so right, it’s a great mix of fitness and relaxation as you are exercising and enjoying nature at the same time. Bike rides with family are the perfect way to spend quality time together. Sweet post 🙂

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  5. What a beautiful way to connect with nature. I love cycling but haven’t been in ages as my poor old bike needs to be fixed. Lovely photos here Christina, no wonder you’ve fallen involve with your bike. Thanks for taking us along with you. 💕

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  6. I love cycling so much, and with this scenery along the way??? Oh my, I think the intense love affair I have with my bike will be revived. And yep, cycling is a really good exercise and I get excited just thinking about doing it again. and oh, the photos are lovely as always! 🙂

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  7. Uh Ohh..what to do when it starts to get toasty now..?!
    Thank you so much, I am happy that you find this post interesting, I am sure its another adventure cycling near the beach.

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  8. Thank you Miriam..your comment means a lot.
    I’m writing my reply to you as we just finished our first legit cycling tour (30kms) with my 2.5 toddler! It was so refreshing and my endorphines on high seeing all these active people participating in this event.
    I’m just grateful to experience all this, an now I might doze off :-))

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  9. Hey there! Thank you so much!
    happy that you have an eye for nature and you love cycling as we do.
    My daughter was so behaved today as we finished our very first Bike tour here in Germany. Lots of fun seeing hundreds of people so active !

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  10. Really?!! you are so lucky that you have a childhood with adventures of cycling.
    For me, its a whole lot experience since cycling is not seen as a lifestyle in Ph and in Kw, its not bicycle friendly. But here in Germany, you will be actually get “out-of-place”if you don’t cycle!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment,as always!

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  11. Yes, compared to Dutch, Germans are very organized, so they wear helmets. All in the family has their helmet while cycling and I find it rather interesting when they really wait in stop lights, so very disciplined.
    And even in Winter, they are a pro in cycling.
    Do you cycle as well?

    Thank you so much and here’s giving you warm thoughts from Bayern!

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  12. Thanks for the warm thoughts! ☺️ I have a bike but I only ride it when it’s warm – last summer that only happened once since it was a cold summer! (It gets very windy here so it’s not much fun in bad weather, though lots of people here ride their bikes religiously to work all year round!) This weekend has been a warm and sunny one though, our first! Yay! ☀️😄

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  13. I rediscovered cycling about five years ago when I had six months off work and bought a new bicycle. I love my bike and go riding on weekends with my husband along the Yarra river near our house, We are 12 kms from the city centre in the suburbs and there are kangaroos, rabbits, cows, frogs, lots of birds and the occasional echidna along the trail. I love the photo of the rapeseed, would refer to them as canola crops an they look spectacular in October in the southern parts of rural Australia. Looking forward to exploring more posts, Louise

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  14. Thank you so much Louise! I love reading your comments and I really appreciate your time reading my Blog. I am happy that we both love riding the bike and appreciating nature. This is definitely the season to enjoy more of the outdoors! I am looking forward to check out your writing as well.So long!

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  15. My best friend and I started cycling this spring too! Great post and your photos are fabulous. What a woman to bring your toddler along on a bike tour! Can’t wait to see more of your photos!

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