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Program #3044RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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Rob Stanchik Nov 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

No one on my trip had this issue. Inquire to Roads Scholars or IBT (International Bike Tours)

Jerry Hendel Nov 01, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Because of neck issues, I ride a recumbent bike or recumbent trike. Is there a chance of getting one of these?

Moria B Sep 24, 2014 at 04:45 PM

Kathleen, We are sitting in the Chicago airport, having just returned from the Danube trip. It was awesome!! We are avid bikers and had 1500 training miles before the trip so found it easy. Fellow riders who were counting on their tennis game and/or jogging prowess to get them through, were complaining quite a bit after the first 40 mile day... 20 of which were in the rain. Really stiff and sore, they said. We found it relaxing. After the first day the sun came out and we had unseasonably warm weather (highs in the upper 70's) for all but the last day... when the cold returned along with headwinds. So, be prepared for all kinds of weather so you'll be warm and cozy if it rains, and cool if it's warm. Safety was stressed over and over again, because some of the riding is on roadways and/or in cities/towns. Feeling comfortable on a bike is critical because of that. Take butt balm and perhaps a gel seat if you don't get enough miles beforehand... or even if you do!! I was glad to have both along just to be more comfortable along the way. It was a fantastic experience!
Kathleen Fulchiron Oct 07, 2014 at 08:41 PM

Thanks for your response. I'm hoping to do this in May 2016 so I can get in shape and do a few stints on the road as well.

Kathleen Fulchiron Sep 23, 2014 at 08:44 PM

I am in good physical health but do not cycle routinely. How avid a cyclist does someone need to be to do this trip? I plan to go in May 2016 if offered then so there is time to prepare.
Margaret Downing Sep 24, 2014 at 03:01 PM

Hi, Kathleen. You don't have to be an avid cyclist for this trip but you should definitely plan to spend time biking to prepare.

Moria B Mar 14, 2014 at 03:55 PM

My husband and I have just signed up for the Sept. 2014 trip... are there others out there? For those of you who went last year, what was the weather like? Head-winds? Tail-winds?
Rob Stanchik Mar 23, 2014 at 05:32 PM

Congratulations on enrolling in an excellent program. I enjoyed the trip very much. The route was quite flat and most days very picturesque, with frequent stops at beautiful and interesting sites. The weather was cooler and more rainy than I envisioned when I signed up for it. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and rain and you should have no problems. One day we had cold fairly strong headwinds.

Premium Email Subscriber Aug 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM

Hi, all.
I'm so looking forward to this trip. I will tack on several days before the start and at the end, I also am very interested in music - all kinds! So is there is a local festival happening, a musician in a bar,'re welcome to tag along with me! 'see you all soon. Nan in Richmond, VA.
Rob Stanchik Sep 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM

Hi nan,
Rob Stanchik Sep 08, 2013 at 05:18 PM

I arrive in Munich on 9/17 around 12:30 PM. I'm staying at Eurostar Grand Central near the Hauptbanhof. NY times article on Munich mentions a local live music scene at Glockenbachwerkstatt( burgerhaus/community center) with a varied musical scene. May be worth checking out. I'd be willing to give it a try. My email address is, I will have service on my smart phone during the trip so you can communicate by email while in Munich. Looking forward to the bicycling trip and meeting everyone.

Rob Stanchik May 18, 2013 at 03:48 PM

Hello Fellow Travelers:
I have recently transferred from the Sept.5th trip to the Sept. 19th trip. I am a solo traveler and will arrive in Munich on Sept. 16th to do some sightseeing before the cycling trip starts. If you are arriving early and would enjoy exploring the city together or would like to meet for lunch or dinner, Please contact me.
I live in Arlington VA.
Premium Email Subscriber Aug 31, 2013 at 01:35 PM

Hi, all,
Premium Email Subscriber Aug 31, 2013 at 01:35 PM

Hi, all,

Harold Babbit May 02, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Check out this blog, especially the photos:
Lynn Marasco May 07, 2013 at 07:25 PM

great blog. I'm a solo traveler..sounds like you were on your own. Was there a group biking with a guide? I'm considering the sept trip .

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