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  • David Bonnett

    Amazingly little traffic and low population density from the pictures – where are all the young people?

    • Most of the young people have moved to the cities. And more than a few to Western Europe, I’d say.

    • sevenbythree

      Thanks for reading. The young people certainly were not out in the countryside although this said they weren’t too many people in these isolated parts. Once in the bigger cities especially Minsk there were a lot of young people. They also offered the opportunities for engagement with English more widely spoken.

  • claude cat

    looks like a fascinating journey

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    • sevenbythree

      Most certainly was. How can it not be by cycling through countries that I’d previously not visited. Amazing (and fortunate) way to spend a few weeks. Thanks for reading

  • Valiant Abello

    Amazing. I could never do that.

    • sevenbythree

      Why not… Hope it offers some inspiration.

  • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

    single speed ?

    • sevenbythree

      Yes it was. Fixed with a 52×16 combination. Trying to keep it that bit more simple (and hip!)

      • Anon N + 1

        And a fixed gear (no free wheel)? I note the bike has brakes fore and aft.

        • sevenbythree

          No free wheel. I had that option when cycling through Cuba but I never switched it from fixed. As for brakes I prefer just that little bit of security. Besides I’m not that good at track skids anyway!

          • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

            Your flat bar may even impress me more – living in denmark at the baltic sea i know its flat, but i wont go anywhere without my drop bar and at least a few gears. (thoug when i on vacation i go south to Italy, france or spain for mountains and sun)

            • sevenbythree

              In Cuba although I was still riding fixed I did have drop bars which made it easier. After a while on flat bars your hands run out of positions with the weight being solely on the palms. Hurts after a while! As for gears as mentioned it was pretty flat so was fortunate to not have to walk alongside the bike.

  • Tdude

    That’s what I call travelling light!!

    • sevenbythree

      Certainly is in comparison to previous trips. Its a freeing feeling knowing that you can survive with little coupled with the hospitality of locals.

  • You had a little trouble with our money in Belarus, didn’t you? The new money actually removes FOUR zeroes, so you might have lost something in translation. Fortunately, I think it’s unlikely anybody would have taken too much money from you if you screwed up. In my experience, people are scrupulously honest with that sort of thing. And the change in currency wasn’t due to prosperity, regardless of whatever you may have been told. It’s inflation, pure and simple.

    • sevenbythree

      Hey Steve, thanks for your comments and insight. I understood the conversion perhaps just a typo with certainly no locals taking advantage. After having separate sections in the wallet I handled the difference between old and new. Similar experience last year in Cuba with US, local and tourist dollars! Also judging from some of the insight I gained to the country I assumed it wasn’t slightly due to ‘prosperity’, perhaps a way of aligning closer to the EU without actually joining them. Thanks again

  • Eat More Lard

    Great story and photos. What a way to unplug from the world for a while. Not sure my knees would have spoken to me again after over 2000km on a single speed though!

  • Kim

    Great article Wade. I love how (seemingly) uncomplicated it all was. Having had a very small taste of cycling in Europe this year, I would love to do something like this, perhaps around Montenegro, Albania and Greece.

    • I think that’s a really good point about it seeming uncomplicated. I think there’s an assumption for trips like this that it’s hugely complicated and challenging and therefore out of reach. But Belarusian visa requirements aside, it seems like this was a case of plan out a route and just go. Love it.

    • sevenbythree

      Thanks so much Kim, really appreciated. Definitely uncomplicated, especially somewhere as built up as Europe (or Cuba!) Get up and ride from A to B with all of the adventures in between. What a life! In the end if something goes wrong there is normally a town not far off, public transport and/or the best option of local hospitality. Matt is definitely right in saying for a shorter trip like this it can be really simple and packing is light, especially when you aim for a hotel each night. Thanks again for checking it out and I look forward to hearing about your journey.

  • Doug Mck

    This looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to bike round Poland but the drivers have put me off…how was it in your experience? Assume cities were far worse than countryside…that road from Wieliczka to Krakow I’ve done by bus and didn’t look pleasant!

    • sevenbythree

      Hey Doug, thanks for reading the article. Poland was pretty good to ride around with no issues with the drivers. The worst section, probably for the whole trip was the last 10km coming into Krakow. This was due to the busy road and my lack of knowledge for the quieter back roads of this section. As mentioned in the article I aimed for back roads where ever possible to avoid the single lane 100km/hr roads. I utilised my back light a lot of the trip coupled with a high visibility cover for my backpack. If time is on your side check out the euro and green velo routes as they are well signed and heavily used in Poland. Hope this helps.

  • Perry McKenna

    Love the essence of simplicity and adventure. Great photos, as they really tell the story. That 12% grade must have been challenging on a 52×16.


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