Chernobyl Exclusion zone

During my recent visit to Ukraine, I decided to fit in a visit to the infamous Chernobyl exclusion zone. I'd researched it a lot online and it was clear that on short notice, a guided tour was the best option. So that gray Friday morning…

Kiev, Ukraine

Recently I had the opportunity to stay a few days longer in Kiev, Ukraine. I'd never been there before and ex-Soviet countries always appeal to me, so I opted to stay 4 days longer after my first two days of work were done. Kiev is…

The Alps and Pyrenees Back to Back

In September I had my last two Edelweiss tours; I'd taken up a short, special 4-day tour with Japanese customers before I'd be heading to the familiar Pyrenees Extreme tour. As a note: I did not take any of the riding photos during the Japanese…

Norway & Sweden By Van - Part 2

Last time I blogged, we were as far north as we'd be able to make in Norway on this trip. Even though Geiranger was very touristic and busy it was a worthwhile visit. We stayed at a camping for one night, as finding free showers in Geiranger…

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…
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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…