In Spring 2002 Gerhard and Jutta Krauss started in Feldafing, Bavaria.
A dozen reporters from newspapers and TV-stations had suddenly called
them the last day before their departure. Everyone wanted to know
about their plans. It had taken Jutta and Gerhard almost a year
to prepare their journey. When they left their hometown in March,
the sun was shining and it wasn’t too cold outside; perfect
weather for a trip around the world.
south first, right through Bavaria, where they had to climb the
first mountains. These mountains weren’t easy for both at
first. Jutta was already close to giving up and said: “Gerhard,
you have to go by yourself, I’m not the right person for this”.
Gerhard had a bad conscience, but a few hours later, after a break
at a restaurant, Jutta smiled again and gave her husband a hug saying:
“Loverman”. Gerhard knew that everything was alright
few days they got used to the fact that they could not make it up
every mountain staying seated on their bike saddles. The toughest
and steepest mountain pass in these first days was the Tauern pass
in Austria; it rises up to the height of 1740 metres (5220 feet).
The German cyclists could not go faster than 4 kilometres an hour
on the average. The bikes weigh almost 20 kilograms (about 40 pounds),
the luggage is about 30 kilograms (about 60 pounds) per person.
But routine was increasing – after five days and 400 kilometres
(248 miles) Jutta and Gerhard reached the borders of the European
Union. Slovenia was waiting for them.
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