To the place that is closest to South America.

Leukemia is a disease that does not stop at national borders. It affects us all. 

It was particularly important to Alicia to draw attention to the difficult situation in her home country, Ecuador, in South America. 

The route also symbolizes how global leukemia must be fought and awareness of the fate of those affected can be created. 

Therefore the route...

  • an passes 8 countries : Start in Germany via France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and Spain to Portugal. 
  • leads over 4.500 km: more than. 1/10 the circumference of the earth.
  • connects two oceans: the European Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean.
  • crosses the highest European mountains: the Alps
  • and ends on westernmost point of Europe: Cabo da Roca near Lisbon - in the place that is closest to South America.

from Paderborn to Strasbourg (FR)

from Strasbourg (FR) to Locarno (CH)

from Locarno (CH) to Antibes / Nice (FR)

from Antibes (FR) to St. Jean-de-Luz (FR) / San Sebastián (ES)

from St. Jean-de-Luz (FR) / San Sebastián (ES) to Santiago de Compostela (ES)

from Santiago de Compostela (ES) to Lisbon (POR)

The individual sections

1. section

Paderborn to Strasbourg (FR)

 

Total KM:               about 790 km

Planned days:           10 days

Details

The first section will take me from Paderborn to Strasbourg. In the first few days it goes through the Ruhr area to Düsseldorf. Following the course of the Rhine past Cologne and Bonn, the route leads to Koblenz. Here I will turn and cycle along the Moselle past Eltz Castle to Trier. Once there, the Saar cycle path leads me past Saarbrücken to France. From Sarreguemines it goes directly towards Strasbourg.

2. section

Strasbourg (FR) to Locarno (CH)

 

Total KM:               about 750 km

Planned days:           10 days

Details

From Strasbourg it continues along the Rhine via Freiburg to Switzerland and Basel. The Rhine Falls await you along the border in Schaffhausen. On the Swiss side of Lake Constance, the Alps are getting closer and closer. Grazing Austria and Liechtenstein, the crossing of the Alps follows as far as Locarno on Lake Maggiore just before the gates of Italy.

3. section

Locarno (CH) to Antibes / Nice (FR)

 

Total KM:               about 650 km

Planned days:           8 - 9 days  

Details

After a short recovery from the exertions of crossing the Alps, it's time to pedal again on the EV8 (Eurovelo 8). On the way I pass Turin and the Alps accompany me on the way south to the Riviera of Flowers to Sanremo. Shortly thereafter, the border crossed again to France on the Côte d'Azur. Passing the Principality of Monaco with its casino, this section ends in Nice / Antibes. 

4. section

Antibes / Nice (FR) to St Jean de Luz (FR)

 

Total KM:               about 805 km

Planned days:           11 days 

Details

The first stages lead along the Côte d'Azur into the heart of Provence to Avignon. After a detour to the Verdon Gorge, it goes back to the sea to Montpellier and on to Perpignan. Since the planned route is to continue on the Atlantic side, there will be a transit day by train to Bordeaux. If you have enough time and depending on the condition of the legs, this section can be extended by approx. 500 km and cycled through the Pyrenees to Bordeaux. On the Atlantic side, the up to 110m high shifting dune Dune du Pilat awaits at Archachon. The Atlantic then accompanies us on the way to the Spanish border. 

5. section

St Jean de Luz (FR) to Santiago de Compostela (ES)

 

Total KM:               about 840 km

Planned days:           11 days 

Details

On the Spanish side, I will choose the Camino de Santiago / Way of St. James along the coast - not as a hiking pilgrim, but on the bike. The longest section with over 800 km of the entire tour, at the end of which is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 

6. section

Santiago de Compostela (ES) to Lisbon (POR)

 

Total KM:               about 745 km

Planned days:           7 - 8 days 

Details

The sixth and last section starts in Santiago de Compostela. First past Porto, always along the coast. In Nazaré - known for its high waves - you can watch the surfers. But soon the statue of Christ watching over Lisbon appears on the horizon and after about 4.500 km the destination is reached.

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