Entries by Laurens

Norway by Van – Part 1

Traveling by van, wildcamping almost all the time, and not having a set schedule or bookings is really a very different experience. It’s the first time I’ve managed to combine an Edelweiss tour with some personal travel, and the fact that Jolien managed to get 3.5 weeks off in between switching jobs, means it really […]

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The Viking Experience 2017

I’m a world away from the sunny mountains of Spain, where I was last riding. The skies are full of grey clouds, slowly moving along, the landscape doesn’t contain a single tree, just rocks, moss and grass with patches of snow in between. The dashboard of the Ducati I’m riding lights up: “!ICE WARNING!” appears […]

Pyrenees Extreme 2017 Round 1

I’ve been to the Pyrenees quite a few times over the past year now, but since the riding is so excellent I didn’t mind that Edelweiss assigned me to some more tours in that area. This time around it was a tour fairly similar to my previous tour with the Halcones. I started off in […]

Convento de Sao Francisco do Monte

Back in Portugal, me and Jolien visited an amazing abandoned monastery, the “Convent of Saint Francis of the Mountain”. This was truly on of the best places I’ve ever visited; ancient ruins overgrown with vines, cracked and fallen stone slabs with ancient, Latin religious inscriptions and even some remnants of painted iconography. It was truly […]

Esco – Pueblo Abandonado

On our first evening in Spain, we camped near the abandoned village of Esco. We walked around at just the right time, with golden sunlight falling among the ruins. I have so many good pictures I thought I’d dedicate an entire post to it. The town is clearly visible from the N240 road passing by, […]

Con la Furgo en el Camino – Portugal

Last time we’d pretty much reached the end of Asturias, where the province of Galicia starts. Our first stop there was the very famous (as in: signs are up kilometers in advance) beach of The Cathedrals, or “Praia Das Catedrais” The name confused me a bit, with it using the Portuguese “Praia” instead of Spanish […]

Con la Furgo en el Camino – Asturias

As we left the Basque Country, we had high hopes for what was coming up. There’s not much of a plan but we we were very excited about the province of Asturias after reading a really good blog about it. First we’d be going through the province of Cantabria though. First up we stopped at […]

Con la Furgo en el Camino – Euskadi

Part of why I didn’t post much since the tour in Australia, is because I have been so busy preparing for this trip in my van with Jolien: our vague plan is to drive to Spain and slowly head to Santiago, from where she flies back due to work constraints, and I drive back to […]

Edelweiss Training Week 2017

I’ve worked for Edelweiss Bike Travel for one year now, which means it was time for another yearly tourguide training week. Since I’m only in my second year, I have to go for a full week as opposed to the 2,5 day, shorter versions that veteran tourguides need to attend. I’d been working on my […]

The Australian Tour

My last scouting/pre-riding experience in Tasmania was intended as preparation for my first Edelweiss tour of 2017 that would take us from Sydney To Melbourne and would also include the 5 days on Tasmania I explored in advance. I flew back into Sydney from Launceston, where the temperature was markedly higher than in Tasmania. There […]